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Semester 2 (Extended)
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This subject will apply a problem-based approach to describe the physiotherapy assessment and management of individuals with acute and chronic cardiorespiratory conditions. Students will integrate prior knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and pathology with theoretical and evidence-based knowledge to generate an effective and comprehensive physiotherapy assessment and management plan. A variety of teaching methods will be employed to develop students’ skills in the assessment and diagnosis of cardiorespiratory problems. A range of cardiorespiratory physiotherapy interventions will be introduced, and students will be trained in the appropriate execution of these techniques and relevant outcome measures to evaluate their efficacy. Consideration will also be given to the rights of individuals and the impact of team management processes in cardiorespiratory physiotherapy practice. This subject includes 12 hours of clinical (generic) placement.
Intended learning outcomes
Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- Critically reflect and modify practice in response to feedback from peers and academic staff
- Apply a bio psychosocial model to accurately assess, interpret and treat individuals with common cardiorespiratory conditions
- Employ safe and effective evidence based physiotherapy interventions for individuals with cardiorespiratory conditions
- Design, implement and evaluate a repertoire of exercises and health and well being promotion strategies that best meet the needs of individuals with a range of impairments, activity limitations and/or participation restrictions
- Identify the personal and environmental barriers and facilitators that influence capability, opportunity and motivation to participate
- Identify, critique and apply evidence informed practice in the selection, justification and modification of physiotherapy approaches for individuals with cardiorespiratory conditions
- Explain the role of other professions, families, carers and communities in the care with individuals with a diverse range of health conditions
- Apply skills patient centred goal setting with individuals
- Apply the skills to educate individuals and relevant others about the individual's condition and the options for physiotherapy approaches to promotion of health and wellbeing
- Effectively communicate and respectfully engage with individuals (including those with cognitive, behavioural and communication limitations) and relevant others to optimise outcomes.
- Respond to the social and cultural needs of the individual, their family/carers and the organisation in health decision making.
- Explain the impact of available resources on the delivery of optimal physiotherapy treatment approaches
By the completion of this subject, students will have had the opportunity to develop the following generic skills:
- The application of new research data to problem-solve in clinical cases;
- Clinical reasoning and decision making as applied to practice;
- Communication skills with an awareness of how these may affect their interactions.
Last updated: 12 November 2022