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OT5006 - Soft Tissue Injury Management for Health Professionals

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: Sch Public Health,Trop Medicine&Rehabilitation Sc

Available to participants with eligibility for health professional registration in Queensland and other postgraduate students at the discretion of the Head of Occupational Therapy. The residential will be delivered at JCU Townsville. It is advised that the subject RH5010 (Soft Tissue Functional Anatomy for Rehabilitation Professionals) be undertaken prior to commencing this subject.

This subject will include review and advanced teaching of physiology, anatomy and neurology, biokinesiology, diagnostic and treatment techniques and research methodology.

Learning Outcomes

  • analyse precipitating and perpetuating factors associated with soft tissue problems. These may be environmental (e.g. work) or functional (e.g. posture);
  • apply therapeutic intervention process to individuals and work place environment to enhance performance and productivity;
  • demonstrate treatment strategies to address clinical conditions, including manual therapy;
  • devise a suitable program of stretching, exercises and modified duties at home, work and leisure for individual clients;
  • identify limitations in specific soft tissue structures in the shoulder and neck (related to headaches and shoulder dysfunction) and low back and hip (related to back pain and lower limb dysfunction);
  • understand the impact upon human performance of changes in structures of muscle, tendons and ligaments following changes in pathology.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to speak and write logically, clearly and creatively;
  • A coherent and disciplined body of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning processes and products;
  • The ability to learn independently and in a self-directed manner;
  • A commitment to lifelong learning and intellectual development.


Townsville, Study Period 7, Block
Census Date 05-Jul-2012
Face to face teaching 23-Jun-2012 to 27-Jun-2012
Coordinator: Professor Matthew Yau
Assessment: other exams (30%); quizzes or tests (30%); demonstrated clinical competence (pass/fail) (%); assignments (40%); pre-readings (pass/fail) (%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.