PHS309 Paediatric Physiotherapy Practice (4)

This subject will provide students with the background knowledge, problem solving and practical skills to holistically assess children with movement disorders that arise from changes in the neurological and musculoskeletal systems and to develop culturally sensitive, collaborative management plans for these children. Students will use a strengths-based culturally responsive approach, incorporating the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) framework, to assess child development and understand the variety of ways in which child development unfolds, depending on complex cultural, social and individual factors. Students enrolling in this subject are expected to have a substantive level of background knowledge of biomechanics, normal movement, neuroscience and exercise physiology, musculoskeletal physiotherapy, and principles of motor control and motor learning

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2022.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Allied Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

This subject is restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy and the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours).



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to plan and apply a range of physiotherapy assessment and evaluation techniques using tests, tools and outcome measures relevant to paediatric physiotherapy
  • be able to demonstrate and articulate sound clinical reasoning processes which explore, explain and analyse assessment findings, anticipate future impacts of growth, and justify interventions
  • be able to create targeted and collaborative goals in the planning of safe (including culturally responsive) and effective physiotherapy intervention for paediatric physiotherapy
  • be able to identify when and why interprofessional practice is indicated, and recognise when physiotherapy intervention is no longer required
  • be able to apply knowledge of the dominant cultural approaches and discuss the implications of individual and cultural diversity on delivering culturally safe services for children
  • be able to identify cultural and age differences in verbal and non-verbal communication, and negotiate shared understandings with respect to these differences


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Concepts of culturally sensitive family and client-focused practice
  • Culturally respectful and responsive communication
  • Communication strategies for use with children of different ages, families and their carers
  • Theoretical frameworks of physiotherapy in paediatric physiotherapy practice
  • Identification and application of principles of child development to the interpretation and management of movement dysfunction in childhood
  • Physiotherapy assessment and management of common paediatric developmental and neurological disorders
  • Influences of altered movement and growth on childhood development
  • Physiotherapy assessment and management for specific neurological and congenital orthopaedic conditions in infancy and childhood
  • Strengths based functional and collaborative goal setting for children within the ICF framework
  • Interprofessional approaches to working with families and children

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of PHS309 in Session 2 2021. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Case study presentation
Theory exam

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2022. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.