PHS403 Rural and Remote Physiotherapy (8)

'Rural and Remote Physiotherapy' is a defining, capstone level subject within the Bachelor of Physiotherapy program. This subject aims to extend students' understanding of the role of physiotherapy in providing health care and positive outcomes for Indigenous Australians, particularly in rural and remote locations in Australia. Students will reflect critically on their knowledge and values using a cultural competence framework. They will devise strategies to improve the accessibility, availability, acceptability and quality of health services for Indigenous Australian peoples and communities in rural and remote areas, through exploring decolonising methodologies. This subject will also enable students to extend their skills in collaborative practice, digital technology, service planning and financial management.


Session 2 (60)
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PHS403. 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 Community Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Bachelor of Physiotherapy and Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to critically evaluate the challenges, barriers and enablers to accessing healthcare, to inform the development of a culturally competent physiotherapy service model for Indigenous Australians within a rural and remote context
  • be able to critique historical physiotherapy service delivery to Indigenous Australians and those living in rural and remote Australia, through an exploration standpoint
  • be able to devise strategies for building respectful, collaborative partnerships with rural and remote communities, including Indigenous Australian peoples, to improve accessibility, availability and quality of culturally competent physiotherapy service using a decolonising approach
  • be able to demonstrate appropriate decision making after having considered all relevant legal, professional, ethical standards and codes of physiotherapy practice to create innovative physiotherapy services for Indigenous Australian people and their communities
  • be able to reflect critically upon their own leadership style and identify key leadership characteristics and strategies for their own improvement (including ideas for professional development and networking), to improve engagement with Indigenous Australians


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Culturally competent physiotherapy
  • Standpoint exploration: social sphere
  • Standpoint exploration: institutional sphere
  • Standpoint exploration: historical sphere
  • Decolonising methodologies
  • Applying a decolonising framework for respectful and collaborative partnerships
  • Applying a decolonising framework for improved accessibility, availability and quality health services
  • Legal, professional and ethical standards
  • Physiotherapy service delivery
  • Frameworks for leadership, reflexivity and reflection on practice

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of PHS403 in Session 2 2020. 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
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The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.