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This subject will be conducted predominantly in the clinical setting and will provide students with an opportunity to develop their clinical skills and to integrate their theoretical knowledge in neurological physiotherapy clinical practice. The emphasis in this subject is the application of clinical reasoning and evidence-based practice in the safe and effective assessment and management of individuals with neurological conditions in the clinical setting. This will apply in, communication, therapeutic interventions, advocacy and education working as a health professional within a team, with individuals and their carers, respecting their rights and choices within the healthcare setting.
For further information on clinical placement location, see attached list ‘The University of Melbourne, Physiotherapy clinical placement locations’.
Intended learning outcomes
The curriculum for the DPT program has been designed around 8 Learning Outcomes under 3 elements.
Element 1: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice 1
- To integrate prior knowledge of neuroscience, common neurological conditions and the framework for clinical reasoning to the assessment and management of individuals with neurological conditions
- To implement the theoretical framework for clinical reasoning in neurological rehabilitation in selecting `appropriate assessments, problems, goals and approaches to treatment in the clinical setting.
- To safely and effectively apply and interpret neurologic assessment techniques, including observational movement analysis, objective measures of impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions.
- To select, justify and demonstrate safe and effective manual handling and physiotherapeutic interventions to address impairments and activity limitations in individuals with neurological conditions.
Element 2: Research and Evidence
- Justify neurological physiotherapy assessment treatment choices based upon the findings of relevant published literature.
- Develop neurological physiotherapy practice knowledge that will contribute to personal capacity to practice evidence-based physiotherapy for patients with neurological conditions
Element 3: Healthcare context
- To integrate prior knowledge of the neurological conditions, evidence-based physiotherapy practice, and information specific to the individual, to effectively engage in patient education and advocacy.
- To articulate the role of the physiotherapist within the multidisciplinary team and to demonstrate the capacity to work effectively within the team in a clinical setting.
On completion of this subject, students will have had the opportunity to develop the skills associated with:
- Responding constructively to appraisal, performance review of assessment feedback
- Recognising personal, spiritual, cultural or religious beliefs and an awareness that these beliefs must not prevent the provision of adequate and appropriate care to the patient
- Accessing new knowledge from all sources, to analyse and interpret it in a critical manner, and to apply it appropriately in the provision of healthcare
- Understanding and respecting the rights of patients including patient choice, dignity and privacy
Last updated: 6 December 2019