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Innovation and Emerging Technologies (REHB90009)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeREHB90009
Term 3 - Online
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This subject will introduce students to innovative and contemporary technology that has been recently developed and is currently used in clinical practice and research for the purposes of measurement, diagnosis and prescription. Students will be exposed to theoretical principles and practical applications of selected technologies. Students will critically appraise selected innovation and emerging technologies using a scientific approach in order to consolidate their understanding of the key elements that determine feasibility, safety and utility. This will develop an understanding of the processes involved in integrating innovative and emerging technologies into their clinical practice to provide information that is measurable and meaningful to their patients, healthcare insurers and providers. Students will be required to develop a proposal for implementation of an emerging technology to measure human performance or functional outcome. Moreover, students will explore existing or emerging platforms (e.g. hardware) and infrastructure (e.g. resources) that are required to support such an endeavour.

Stream details:
Students will choose two from three modules that best meets their learning interests and/or practice needs. These modules are:

  1. The clinical practice module will cover the role of new and emerging technologies that could be used to support accurate diagnosis, assessment and evaluation of efficacy of interventions.
  2. The human performance module will cover the role of new and emerging technologies that could be used to facilitate analysis and measurement of human movement for the purposes of enhancing performance (i.e., sports, leisure and workplace) and screening for factors that may contribute to injury.
  3. The research module will cover the underlying principles of critically appraising scientific research that has implemented new and emerging technologies to assess and quantify pathological and healthy human performance.

Intended learning outcomes

The curriculum is designed around three elements that provide integration throughout the subject.
These elements are:

Rehabilitation Theory and Practice

  • Integrate prior clinical practice knowledge, to inform appropriate innovation development and critique of emerging technologies for individuals, groups or specific populations across the life span.
  • Critically integrate contemporary theory around the innovation and emerging technologies with clinical practice
  • Critically assess and analyse the health-related needs of individuals, groups and/or health populations for measurable and meaningful outcomes using emerging technologies, recognising the personal and environmental circumstances that influence functional capability and participation preferences.
  • Design or select, implement and evaluate innovations and emergent technologies to meet the needs of groups with common impairments or functional needs

Evidence and Innovation

  • Select and critically justify appropriate technologies that measure outcome and human performance to evaluate the efficacy of interdisciplinary interventions.
  • Critically evaluate and analyse the role of new emerging innovations and technology tools in supporting current exercise and physical activity guidelines and priorities

Clinical Practice in Context

  • Effectively communicate evidence informed therapeutic priorities to stakeholders whilst paying attention to client-shared goals within an ethical, person-centred and ICF informed framework
  • Create and apply a model of best practice that integrates innovation and emerging technology with individual or group needs, whilst recognising the contextual environment and personal complexities associated with injury, illness and enhanced performance

Generic skills

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

  • applying knowledge and reasoning skills to complex problems in a range of contexts
  • inquiry and creative solutions to challenges in their practice context
  • self-assurance and confidence in their knowledge, yet flexible, adaptable and aware of their limitations
  • demonstrate academic writing, oral and creative skills to present information to both specialists in academic forums and specialists and non-specialist in clinical contexts
  • produce assessment outcomes with high level personal autonomy and accountability

Last updated: 19 July 2019