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This subject comprises five content areas related to pelvic floor dysfunction, including specific issues related to ano-rectal dysfunction, male continence, paediatric, geriatric continence and pelvic pain. Content includes anatomy, physiology and pathology of the ano-rectum and the male urinary tract, normal and pathological development of the urinary system in children and ageing-related issues as they apply to the urinary system, musculo-skeletal system and the patient as a whole. Prevention, assessment and treatment of dysfunction in each of these patient groups will be addressed. Interdisciplinary management, pharmacology, pain management and sexuality are included.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of the subject students should to be able to demonstrate the following specific skills:
- Discuss and integrate knowledge of biological, psychological, and social sciences in clinical decision making for a broad spectrum of complex pelvic floor dysfunctions across various population groups.
- Employ clinical reasoning, person-centred practice and adaptability by iteratively and collaboratively establishing priorities that align with the client's life goals.
- Explain and justify the selection of diagnostic procedures for complex pelvic floor dysfunctions in different population groups and appropriate referral for diagnostic procedures.
- Synthesise and apply all relevant sources of information to select optimal interventions, considering the risks and benefits in initial and ongoing clinical decision making.
- Design and implement a safe and effective, evidence-informed clinical program of interventions requiring high-level skill for complex pelvic floor dysfunctions in various population groups, including safety and risk management, and documentation.
- Identify and implement effective use of a range of verbal and non-verbal communication skills to respectfully manage difficult or emotionally charged situations with a diverse range of clients.
- Identify and respond effectively in situations in which client and physiotherapist values, culture, biases, or preferences may threaten the quality of care and management.
- Apply and evaluate behaviour-change principles and communication strategies that best facilitate client understanding and execution of interventions for various pelvic floor dysfunctions in different population groups.
- Critically discuss the role of a physiotherapist within the multi-disciplinary team, including education, collaboration, consultation and negotiation with the client and health professionals, including the effective transfer/referral of complex clients.
On completion of the subject students are expected to be able to demonstrate:
- An understanding of professional responsibility and ethical principles in relation to individuals and community, both locally and internationally
- An ability to evaluate and synthesise the research and professional literature
- An understanding of the significance and value of their knowledge to the wider community
Last updated: 21 November 2023