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PS5104 - Physiotherapy Rehabilitation for Disability across the Lifespan

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: Sch Public Health,Trop Medicine&Rehabilitation Sc

Registered Australian Physiotherapist. Completion of an overseas recognised physiotherapy qualification. Completion of this subject within the degree Masters of Rehabilitation (Physiotherapy) will not enable Australian registration of overseas qualified physiotherapists.

This subject aims to extend student knowledge, clinical and case management skills with respect to the long term management of people living life with a severe disability. The focus will be for people from regional, rural, remote and Indigenous communities. Populations will include those with complex congenital or acquired injury or disease that has resulted in long term disability and significant lifestyle adaptation. Such groups of people may be those with cerebral palsy, disabilities resulting from trauma, and stroke where disability impacts on mobility, self care and independent living. Emphasis is on the knowledge and application of Community Rehabilitation core competencies to optimise functional potential and quality of life. The subject is taught as a 12-week block of self-directed study followed by a 4-day residential block in Townsville. Self-directed work will consider the lifespan sequelae of specific complex conditions and complex circumstances and it will be supported by written oral and visual teaching materials and teleconference (one videoconference).

Learning Outcomes

  • analyse and develop, at an advanced level, appropriate rehabilitation plans or programs for a range of conditions (pathologies) and identify where modification, according to location, community or life-span changes is required;
  • acquire and demonstrate, at an advance level, both practical and theoretical clinical skills and effective appropriate clinical reasoning for case management for these clients;
  • describe and interpret physiotherapy and other services required for comprehensive rehabilitation for a client with a potentially disabling condition from all of the groups of interest.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to appraise information critically;
  • The ability to use independent judgment to synthesise information to make intellectual and/or creative advances;
  • The ability to place their research in a broader (preferably international)theoretical, practical and policy context.;
  • The ability to think laterally and be original;
  • The ability to conceptualise problems;
  • The ability to conceptualise and evaluate a range of potential solutions to relevant problems;
  • The ability to encompass and use methods and conceptual advances in areas of knowledge cognate to their central area(s) of expertise;
  • The ability to evaluate and extrapolate from the outcomes of their research;
  • The ability to plan, conduct and manage research in their discipline;
  • The ability to identify and take serendipitous advantage of research opportunities;
  • The ability to conduct their research in an ethical manner;
  • The ability to communicate the methodology, results and implications of their research in a manner appropriate to different purposes and audiences;
  • The ability to make constructive contributions to project teams or collegial activities;
  • The potential to resolve conflicts.
Prerequisites: Nil


Townsville, Study Period 2, Limited
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Face to face teaching 01-Nov-2012 to 04-Nov-2012
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Anne Jones, Dr Ruth Barker, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 29 hours - Residential school activities: lectures, guest lecture; workshops; practical skills workshops; use of research library resources and other resources; prescribed assessment tasks.
Assessment: presentations (25%); clinical attendance and report (50%); assignments (25%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Nil

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