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Term 2 - Online
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This online subject provides students with the opportunity to build a deep understanding of the safe and effective application of rehabilitation principles to meet the health needs of women. Attention is focused on conditions affecting women specifically from young adulthood through to their reproductive and older years. Students will develop an extended knowledge of pathophysiology and clinical presentations that typically affect women’s experience of women’s health. Students will use an evidence-informed framework for their analysis and synthesis of recent literature and contextual factors that influence clinical practice across the lifespan.
All students will complete foundational work that will explore the typical physiological changes occurring in women from young adulthood through to the reproductive and older years.
Students will then choose 2 from 3 streams that best meets their learning interests and/or practice needs. These streams are:
1. Young women stream focuses on a deeper exploration of the physical, psychological and cultural expressions of adolescent development and the rehabilitation of clinical conditions associated with adolescence e.g. dysmenorrhea, female athlete triad.
2. Fertile women stream comprises of an exploration of fertility and infertility. There will be a focus on physical and psychological changes occurring during the childbearing year and post-natal recovery and appropriate rehabilitation.
3. Older women stream will focus on the physiology and psychology of the maturing woman including the effects of physical activity on the ageing musculoskeletal system, and the management of conditions associated with advancing age e.g. incontinence, bone health.
All students will then focus on the application of rehabilitation theory to practice. Students will critically review literature and with an understanding of the needs of the individual and her engagement within a group program will solve contextually relevant rehabilitation challenges for women.
Intended learning outcomes
The curriculum is designed around three elements which provide both horizontal and vertical integration throughout the program.
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
Rehabilitation Theory and Practice
- Describe the structures and functions unique to the female body, with particular reference to the maturation of body systems from young adulthood to older age.
- Explain the pathophysiology of common conditions that influence women's health experience and critically discuss how rehabilitation can ameliorate these conditions.
- Critically assess and analyse the health-related needs of individuals, groups and/or health populations for exercise interventions, recognising the personal and environmental circumstances that influence functional capability and participation preferences.
- Analyse and synthesise literature to address the rehabilitation needs of individuals and groups of women with common conditions.
Evidence and Innovation
- Select and critically justify appropriate outcome measures to evaluate the efficacy of rehabilitation interventions for women at all life stages from young adulthood to older years.
- Critically evaluate emerging therapies, technologies and innovations that are designed to assist women to maintain their health and wellness.
Clinical Practice in Context
- Discuss how contextual factors including social, ethics and policy, influence clinical practice and how these factors can be managed promote 'best practice' rehabilitation in women's health.
- Design and deliver an evidence-informed program for a specific women's condition/issue within your practice context.
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
- Effective oral and written communication skills
- Inquiry and creative solutions to challenges in their practice context
- Awareness of and appropriate responsiveness to the social and cultural diversity in their practice and ensuring cultural safety for rehabilitation consumers and workers from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
- Self-assurance and confidence in their knowledge, yet flexible, adaptable and aware of their limitations
Additionally, Australian students will have an understanding of and deep respect for Indigenous knowledge, culture and values.
Last updated: 10 November 2023