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PS5108 - Advanced Musculoskeletal Practice

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

This subject will further develop the students' knowledge and skills in musculoskeletal assessment and management, with a focus on manual therapy. Through a mix of practical workshops, patient assessments and on-line learning modules the subject is intended to develop advanced assessment skills for musculoskeletal conditions including the clinical reasoning process that underpins manual therapy. The philosophy of various manual therapy approaches including Maitland, McKenzie, Kaltenborn, Cyriax, Mennell, Mulligan and Edwards will be explored. The evidence base, safety considerations and where appropriate the medico-legal implications of musculoskeletal practice will be emphasised. Students will learn to apply the concept of forensic physiotherapy to the assessment and management of complex musculoskeletal presentations. This subject will address contemporary issues within physiotherapy practice, including recent research findings regarding pain and inflammation.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate the ability to access and appraise research and apply it in a clinical context;
  • understand key anatomical, pathophysiological and biomechanical aspects of selected vertebral and peripheral musculoskeletal injuries and conditions;
  • demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning skills to guide the assessment and treatment planning process for an individual with selected vertebral and peripheral musculoskeletal problems;
  • demonstrate advanced theoretical and practical clinical skills, including use of outcome measures, for vertebral and peripheral musculoskeletal disorders;
  • demonstrate effective communication skills both through analysing and discussing complex musculoskeletal case studies via on-line discussion with colleagues, and through patient interactions.

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 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.


Townsville, Study Period 1, Limited
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Face to face teaching (Two 4 day workshops will be conducted near commencement and completion of the subject. Dates to be advised.)
Coord/Lect: <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 60 hours workshops/Seminars - Two 4 day face to face workshops
Assessment: participation on-line discussion board (20%); assignments (40%); evidence based practice assignment (40%).

Townsville, Study Period 2, Limited
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Face to face teaching (Two, four day workshops, near commencement and completion of the subject. Dates to be advised.)
Coord/Lect: <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 60 hours workshops/Seminars - Two 4 day face to face workshops.
Assessment: on-line discussion board (20%); assignments (40%); case study (40%).

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.