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Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation (REHB90007)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeREHB90007
Term 2 - Online
Term 4 - Online
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This wholly online subject explores core theory and frameworks that underpin Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation in specific and diverse practice contexts. The subject will provide students with the opportunity to gain knowledge and develop skills that enable them to implement musculoskeletal assessment and management models in their practice context. Biomedicaland biopsychosocial paradigms are examined; alongside an emphasis on contemporary structure and function and developing movement and task analysis skills. With consideration of relevant services, systems & policies, these are applied to the clinical reasoning, decisions and evaluation of patient-centred musculoskeletal rehabilitation plans. There is an opportunity to select modules to allow flexibility for students to choose areas of musculoskeletal rehabilitation practice that best match their disciplinary interests or work context. These include hospital, community and sports & exercise contexts. Similarly, students will be given options to tailor case-examinations and assessment tasks according to their specific area of practice.

Following an introduction to musculoskeletal rehabilitation, movement analysis and exercise therapy, students can choose two from three modules that best meets their learning needs. In the relevant area of practice, each of these modules explores service models, strategic policies and practice standards that inform therapeutic interventions and features of comprehensive care in priority areas. These modules are:

  1. Hospital based musculoskeletal rehabilitation
  2. Musculoskeletal rehabilitation in the community
  3. Musculoskeletal rehabilitation for Sports & Exercise

Students will develop the skills to identify literature and clinical guidelines related to case management. It is envisaged that study within these modules will underpin case selection for the integration and application of evidence informed musculoskeletal rehabilitation practice, culminating in a case-presentation assessment task. On completion of this subject, students will demonstrate skills in developing and justifying an evidence-informed rehabilitation program for an individual with a neuro-musculoskeletal condition. There is structured opportunity for peer review of the rehabilitation program design, critical review of the context and reflection on practice.

Intended learning outcomes

The curriculum is designed around three elements, which provide integration throughout the course

Theory and Practice:

  1. Apply knowledge of musculoskeletal assessment and management models to demonstrate critical and advanced clinical reasoning skills enabling effective assessment and management of patients with neuro-musculoskeletal disorders
  2. Demonstrate critical use of a comprehensive knowledge base of the biomedical, biopsychosocial and clinical sciences in Musculoskeletal rehabilitation
  3. Demonstrate critical use of a comprehensive knowledge base of behavioural science and communication in Musculoskeletal rehabilitation
  4. Compare and contrast functional and dysfunctional neuro-musculoskeletal movement patterns with sensitivity and specificity, enabling effective assessment and management of patients with musculoskeletal disorders

Evidence and Innovation:

  1. Identify, critically appraise and interpret current research knowledge evaluating Musculoskeletal rehabilitation practice and service models
  2. Select and justify appropriate approaches to assessment and management in Musculoskeletal rehabilitation at the person and service level

Clinical Practice in Context:

  1. Propose and justify Musculoskeletal rehabilitation programs with explicit consideration of biomedical, clinical, behavioural and environmental factors that can influence selection of an appropriate plan
  2. Apply knowledge of movement analysis and exercise therapy to develop, explain and justify an appropriate rehabilitation intervention within your setting

Generic skills

On completion of this subject, students will have had the opportunity to develop the skills associated with:

  • Applying knowledge, analytical and clinical reasoning skills to design patient-centred multi-factorial neuro-musculoskeletal interventions
  • Seeking and utilising available professional and clinical practice models as components of evidence based and best practice
  • Reflecting on their personal skills, practice experience and limitations; identifying learning opportunities to build on their knowledge and skills to promote best practice
  • Engage in and recognise the value of seeking peer review and expanding the community of practice to extend own learning and patient outcomes
  • Confidence in their approach to designing and justifying unique rehabilitation programs for Musculoskeletal condition

Last updated: 3 April 2019