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The focus of this subject will be complemented by practical clinical opportunities that serve to consolidate students’ theoretical understanding of physiotherapy across the lifespan and chronic disease management.Students will rotate between the three areas of clinical practice including paediatrics, aged care/rehabilitation and chronic disease management.Students will undergo their clinical experience for 3 week placements in a supervised environment.The Chronic Disease Management Clinic will highlight opportunities for interdisciplinary practice especially in the areas of health promotion.
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
- Safely and competently assess patients with complex care needs across the lifespan.
- Compare and synthesize practical approaches and models of care in the management of patients across the lifespan and chronic disease in acute and primary health care settings in different health populations
- Case manage patients with chronic disease and engage with multidisciplinary teams to facilitate and implement discharge planning, appropriate referrals and care plans for patients.
- Apply principles of health promotion as appropriate within the practice context
Element 2: Research and Evidence
- Integrate key areas of evidence to models of assessment, clinical reasoning, treatment and management of acute and chronic illness and disease across the life span.
- Justify physiotherapy treatment techniques based upon the findings of individual patient assessment and relevant clinical research in paediatrics, aged care and chronic disease
Element 3: Healthcare context
- Consistently demonstrate the integration of prior theoretical knowledge(paediatric, aged care, chronic disease conditions, evidence-based physiotherapy practice, and healthcare in context) when engaging in patient centred education and advocacy
- Accomodate the cognitive, inguistic and cultural needs of the patient and their family/carers when dealing with complex health decisions, which operating within the constraints of the healthcare context.
On completion of this subject, students will have had the opportunity to develop the skills associated with:
- Recognizing and managing emotions in self and others
- Maintaining physical, emotional, social and spiritual health and recognizing the importance of professional support in this process
- Applying principles of rehabilitation in the amelioration of suffering from acute or chronic disability
- Respecting the roles and expertise of other healthcare professionals and communicating effectively with them
Last updated: 6 December 2019