Course descriptions

BESC1001 Developmental Psychology and Mental Health in Physiotherapy
This course examines human development within a critical wellbeing framework that integrates the person into his or her relationships and communities. Lifespan development assumes the person is in a state of constant development: psychologically, socially and biologically and therefore understanding these complex interactions contributes to an understanding of human behaviour in response to challenges that arise across the lifespan. The major theories of human development are examined and critiqued in the light of contemporary research evidence and the practical implications of these theories for working with people at different stages of life are discussed. Students are encouraged to apply these perspectives to their own development and growth. There is a strong emphasis on the critical thinking skills required to evaluate and utilise psychological theories and perspectives. The role of physiotherapy assisting people with both physical and psychological issues to achieve a state of wellbeing is explored. In this course there is a focus on all forms of professional communication with health practitioners and clients across the lifespan.

PHTY1000 Anatomy and Physiology - Neuromusculoskeletal System A 
This course allows students the opportunity to gain a detailed appreciation of the structure (anatomy) and function (physiology, including biomechanics) of the human body and the interrelationships at the organismal, system, organ, tissue, cellular and chemical levels of structural organisation within the nervous, muscular, connective tissue (including skeletal and articular) and epithelial systems. Emphasis is on bones and bony features, joints, ligaments, muscles and tendons, collagenous fascia, nerves, arteries and veins, of the lower limb and vertebral column. Structure and function of the organs of the abdominopelvic cavity are also considered. The interaction between sensation, spinal reflexes, integration and control within the neuromusculoskeletal systems in the production of complex movement is investigated. Students will use various learning methods: cadaveric prosections; electronic media; models; texts/atlases; and medical imaging. Practical application of anatomical knowledge is reinforced by biomechanical analysis of functional activities/movements/postures. Students build on theoretical knowledge by participating in weekly surface anatomy laboratories, developing advanced skills in clinical application of knowledge. The intimate relationship that exists between structure and function at various levels of structural organisation is the underlying theme throughout the course.

PHTY1001 Soft Tissue Injury Management 
The course will assist students in gaining knowledge and understanding of the pathophysiological principles underpinning physiotherapy management of soft tissue injuries.  An introduction to the physiology of cells and tissues and the pathophysiology of response to soft tissue injury is provided. Students then focus on the diagnosis and management of soft tissue injury exploring the principles of manual therapy, exercise therapy and the use of physical and electrophysical agents (EPA) in physiotherapy.   Fostering a clinical reasoning approach, students will be presented with case studies of soft tissue injuries and encouraged to formulate management plans adopting the principles outlined above.  Students will be provided with the opportunity to experience and apply the different management techniques used by physiotherapists, thus enhancing their practical skills in a small group practical learning environment. The concepts learnt in this course will be re-visited, in context, in all other components of the curriculum.

PHTY1002 Anatomy and Physiology - Neuromusculoskeletal System B 
Pre-requisite: PHTY1000 Anatomy of the Neuromusculoskeletal System A
This course allows students the opportunity to gain a detailed appreciation of the structure (anatomy) and function (physiology, including biomechanics) of the human head and neck, upper limb, thorax and nervous system. Emphasis is on bones and bony features, joints, ligaments, muscles and tendons, collagenous fascia, nerves and nervous tissue, arteries and veins. The structure, course and distribution of cranial nerves and the brachial plexus and its nerves are studied in detail. Functional implications of lesions at specific locations within this neural tissue are critically appraised, as are those caused by loss (through, for example, neurotrauma or pathology) of specific parts of the central nervous system. Students will use various learning methods: cadaveric prosections; electronic media; models; texts/atlases; and medical imaging. Practical application of anatomical knowledge is reinforced by biomechanical analysis of functional activities/movements/postures, particularly those related to the upper limb and the nervous system. Students also build on theoretical knowledge by participating in weekly surface anatomy laboratories, thus developing advanced skills in clinical application of knowledge. The intimate relationship that exists between structure and function at various levels of structural organisation is the underlying theme throughout the course.

PHTY1003 Principles of Clinical Rehabilitation
Pre-requisites: PHTY1000 Anatomy of the Neuromusculoskeletal System A, PHTY1001 Soft Tissue Injury Management
This course provides fundamental concepts in the management of multi-trauma presentation. It includes key aspects of the International Classification of Function, pathophysiology of fractures, arthroplasty, amputations, burns and complex presentations. Students will formulate rehabilitation plans based on valid and appropriate outcome measures and contemporary principles of motor learning. The identification of risks and complications in the rehabilitation setting is emphasised and students will be able to implement effective management strategies.

PHTY1004 Movement Sciences for Physiotherapy 
Pre-requisite: PHTY1000 Anatomy of the Neuromusculoskeletal System A
This course is aimed at providing the student with a foundational knowledge of movement analysis, exercise prescription and intervention. The importance of kinesiological and biomechanical knowledge in understanding normal human movement is emphasised. Topics covered include: observation, assessment, measurement and analysis of functional tasks; identification of impairments contributing to abnormal movement performance; principles behind accurate and effective exercise prescription and intervention. The course will focus on the development of movement analysis skills to optimise exercise as a means of improving strength, power, endurance, muscle length and skill acquisition. The knowledge and skills developed in this course contribute to forming the basis of physiotherapy diagnosis and treatment.

PHTY2000 Research and Evidence in Physiotherapy
Evidence based practice is a key consideration in contemporary healthcare. Aspiring clinicians will be expected to access and judge the validity of clinical research and implement (or not) assessment and management strategies based upon this judgement. In this course students will gain key knowledge and skills in the assessment and analysis of quantitative and qualitative research design and the factors that influence the implementation of clinical research into practice. Application of this knowledge and these skills will allow for critical assessment of published research papers (evidence) and the conclusions drawn in these papers. Upon completion of this course students will be able to effectively answer critical clinical questions such as “is this therapy effective? What is this patient’s prognosis? Is this diagnostic test accurate? What is important to the patient? And, how does current evidence relate to my patient?”

PHTY2001 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (Lower Limb) 
Pre-requisites: PHTY1003 Principles of Clinical Rehabilitation, PHTY1004 Movement Science for Physiotherapy
This course is dedicated to musculoskeletal pathologies of the lower limb. The course will provide students with knowledge and understanding of lower limb musculoskeletal pathologies, the physical manifestations of such problems, the clinical reasoning process in clinical assessment and diagnosis, physiotherapy treatment options and rationales for treatment selection. Skills will be developed in biomechanical analysis of static and dynamic postures (e.g. gait), neural examination, joint examination, specific ligamentous stress testing, muscle length and performance, and examination of other specific structures. Specific needs associated with sport, work, other repetitive use and inflammatory and degenerative conditions will be explored. Students will develop the communication and practical skills needed to: competently assess, and safely and effectively treat clients with lower limb musculoskeletal disorders; predict and evaluate outcomes; and develop programs for the prevention of injury or re-injury to the lower limb.

PHTY2002 Applied Neuroscience 
Pre-requisites: PHTY1002 Anatomy of the Neuromusculoskeletal System B, PHTY1004 Movement Science for Physiotherapy
This course aims to develop physiotherapists as movement scientists. This process will be facilitated by introducing the student to the process of deducing clinical implications from theoretical and clinical database material. Students will be exposed to key theoretical information in the neurosciences and the integration of this information into clinical practice. In addition, students will gain insight into the physical, psychological and social influences on pain and movement dysfunction and how these interact and manifest as illness behaviours. The rationales for physiotherapy management of pain and movement dysfunction are considered along with the clinical reasoning process and principles of treatment selection. This knowledge forms the beginnings of expertise in the assessment, diagnosis and clinical management of individuals presenting with pain and movement problems.

PHTY2003 Medical Sciences
Pre-requisites: PHTY1001 Soft Tissue Injury Management, HLTH1030 Anatomy and Physiology of Body Systems
This course builds upon the foundational concepts of cell/tissue physiology, pathology, injury, tissue healing and repair. It provides students with detailed knowledge of the patho-physiological responses underlying various conditions commonly encountered by physiotherapists. Areas addressed will include the constructs of cell injury/disease; inflammation; bony trauma and joint pathology; infection and infectious diseases; pulmonary and circulatory disturbances; metabolic disease; neoplasia and pathological basis of mental illness. It also provides students with an introduction to mechanisms of action of selected pharmacological interventions in injury and disease.

PHTY2004 Clinical Orthopaedics 
This course introduces the concepts underpinning contemporary models of health and how to assess, document and apply a clinical reasoning process to achieve optimal outcomes with clients. These skills will be learned within the context of common orthopaedic inpatient conditions and burns/lower limb amputation. Students will gain knowledge of the pathophysiology, assessment and management of these conditions.  The pathology and implications for management of a range of presentations will be covered and will include fracture and fracture management, joint replacement, soft tissue repair, inflammatory arthritis, burns and amputation rehabilitation strategies. Students will consider both theoretical aspects behind these presentations as well practical classes in which techniques and goals in management of these presentations will be investigated.

PHTY2005 Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Sciences I 
Pre-requisites: PHTY1002 Anatomy of the Neuromusculoskeletal System B, PHTY1004 Movement Science for Physiotherapy
This course will provide students with an introduction to cardiorespiratory assessment and basic cardiorespiratory physiotherapy treatment techniques. The content in this course of study provides the physiotherapy student with background information and a contextual framework for understanding the cardiorespiratory system in a comprehensive way. This will include elements of cardiovascular and respiratory anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology with relevance to physiotherapy assessment and management. This enables the student physiotherapist to be cognisant of complex physiotherapy actions and to provide rationales that support appropriate decision making and interventions. The knowledge gained from this course of study is essential to ensure competent, safe, knowledgeable, and accurate delivery of care to patients; the ability to interpret and understand medical records and terminology, as well as converse and discuss patient care with all health professionals.

PHTY2006 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (Upper Limb) 
Pre-requisite: PHTY2001 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (Lower Limb)
The course will provide students with knowledge and understanding of upper limb musculoskeletal pathologies, the clinical reasoning process in clinical assessment and diagnosis, physiotherapy treatment options and rationales for treatment selection.  Skills will be developed in static and dynamic biomechanical analysis, neural examination, joint examination, specific ligamentous stress testing, muscle length and performance, and examination of other specific structures. Specific needs associated with sport, work, other repetitive use and inflammatory and degenerative conditions will be explored. Students will develop the communication and practical skills needed to competently, safely and effectively assess and treat clients with upper limb musculoskeletal disorders, burns or following hand surgery or orthopaedic surgery; to predict and evaluate outcomes and to develop programs for the prevention of injury or re-injury to the upper limb.

PHTY2007 Physiotherapy in Gerontology
Pre-requisite: PHTY2002 Applied Neuroscience
This course will provide key concepts and understanding of the functional implications of the ageing process and common pathologies associated with ageing. Students will develop skills and abilities in physiotherapy assessment and client-centred management of the older adult across a variety of clinical settings, including acute, community and long-term care. The student will learn to apply appropriate adaptations and modifications to communication and safe management of the older population while exploring their own attitudes to working with the older adult.

PHTY2008 Clinical Education I
Pre-requisites: PHTY2001 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (Lower Limb), PHTY2002 Applied Neuroscience, PHTY2003 Medical Sciences
This course will provide an opportunity for students to develop a broad understanding of the provision of physiotherapy services in a variety of health care settings.  Students may work with a range of clients across the lifespan in this course and will undertake clinical practice in acute, rehabilitation and community sectors of the health care system, which may include the private sector. Students will develop physiotherapy competencies that flow from integration of knowledge and the application of problem solving strategies and technical skills in the management of a wide range of clinical problems where physiotherapy intervention is appropriate. Communication development and modelling of appropriate professional behaviour is an integral part of this course. In addition, the emphasis of the clinical placement is on assisting students to develop aspects of physiotherapy assessment, clinical reasoning skills, treatment planning, and implementation and record keeping, along with evaluation of outcomes appropriate to the specific area of practice.

PHTY2009 Physiotherapy in Gender Health
Pre-requisites: PHTY1003 Principles of Clinical Rehabilitation, PHTY1004 Movement Science for Physiotherapy
This course will develop students’ knowledge in the principles of physiotherapy in relation to conditions that are unique to women (pregnancy and childbirth), more common in women (pelvic floor dysfunction and incontinence, osteoporosis), more serious in women (breast and gynaecological oncology) or require special management in women. The presentation and physiotherapeutic management of pelvic floor dysfunction and surgical management of conditions unique to men will also be considered. Students will develop specific skills and abilities in physiotherapy assessment, intervention and communication in gender health related conditions.

PHTY3000 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (Spinal I) 
Pre-requisite: PHTY2006 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (Upper Limb)
This course will provide students with knowledge and understanding of the musculoskeletal problems of the lumbar spine and pelvis. The lecture content will introduce students to the problem of low back pain and its impact on the individual. There will be a comprehensive overview of the low back pain experience and an introduction to the different presentations seen in clinical practice using a physiotherapy specific clinical reasoning model. The practical classes will integrate this information and equip the students with the skills necessary to comprehensively assess and manage mechanical lumbopelvic pain problems as well as develop programs for promotion of good musculoskeletal health. Assessment skills will include effective communication and questioning, biomechanical analyses of static and dynamic postures, regional and segmental joint examination, examination of the nervous system, assessment of muscle and motor control and evaluation of the psychosocial aspects of the low back pain experience. In addition the specialty areas of work related low back pain, ergonomics and manual handling will be explored in both lectures and practical classes. The multidisciplinary nature of care of lumbar spine disorders will be discussed and the physiotherapist’s role and responsibilities in the health care team will be explored.

PHTY3001 Rehabilitation for the Neurosciences 
Pre-requisite: PHTY2002 Applied Neuroscience
This course will provide students with theoretical and practical knowledge of assessment procedures and treatment techniques used in the physiotherapy management of individuals with neurological impairment.  Principles of both acute management and rehabilitation of the client with neurological impairment will be studied. Skills in assessment, analysis, problem solving, treatment planning, and handling skills, along with an understanding of outcome measurements will be developed. Students will develop specific knowledge of a variety of neurological disorders.  Specific impairments will be defined and studied and the treatment principles of these impairments reviewed along with current clinical practise and evidence based on research.  An awareness of the role of other members of the health care team will also be fostered.

PHTY3002 Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Sciences II
Pre-requisite: PHTY2005 Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Sciences I
This course will provide students with essential knowledge and skills in the area of cardiorespiratory physiotherapy to underpin preparation for clinical practice. Clinical reasoning, evidence-based and problem-based learning strategies will assist the student with development to entry level competency standard. This course which builds on the introduction to cardiorespiratory assessment and basic cardiorespiratory physiotherapy treatment techniques, which were the focus of the PHTY2005 course.

PHTY3003 Physiotherapy in Paediatrics 
Pre-requisites: PHTY2009 Physiotherapy in Gender Health, PHTY3001 Rehabilitation for the Neurosciences, PHTY3002 Cardiorespiratory Physiotherpy Sciences II
This course will provide the student with core knowledge of neurosensory motor development of posture and movement from infancy through childhood, as well as the most common abnormalities in the neurological, cardiorespiratory and musculoskeletal systems associated with compromised movement or function experienced by infants, children and adolescents. The student will develop basic skills in neurodevelopmental assessment, intervention and management of acute and lifelong childhood disability.

PHTY3004 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (Spinal II) 
Pre-requisite: PHTY3000 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (Spinal I)
The course will provide students with knowledge and understanding of the musculoskeletal problems of the cervical spine, thoracic spine and craniomandibular region. This will include the physical manifestations of upper quadrant spinal dysfunction, differential diagnosis within this region, the clinical reasoning, assessment and diagnostic processes relevant to the region, and physiotherapy treatment options and rationales. Specific information, including biomechanical analyses of static and dynamic postures of the upper quadrant, cervical and thoracic segmental joint examination, examination of the nervous system and examination of muscle and motor control will be covered for the cervical and thoracic spines and craniomandibular systems.  In addition, specific needs of specialty areas of work and ergonomics, sport, overuse, poor use and inflammatory and degenerative conditions will be explored, as will be behavioural issues of chronic cervical pain. Students will develop the communication and practical skills needed to competently assess and safely and effectively treat clients with cervical, thoracic and craniomandibular disorders, to predict and evaluate outcomes as well as develop programs for promotion of good musculoskeletal health for the prevention of injury or the prevention of recurrence of injury to the cervical and thoracic spines. The multidisciplinary nature of care of disorders will be discussed and the physiotherapist’s role and responsibilities in the health care team will be explored.

PHTY3005 Clinical Education II & Practitioner Development
Pre-requisites: PHTY2008 Clinical Education I, PHTY3000 Musculoskeletal Physiotheray (Spinal I), PHTY3001 Rehabilitation for the Neurosciences, PHTY3002 Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Sciences II
The course provides students with core competencies in the physiotherapy clinical management of patients presenting within a wide range of community based/primary care settings or specialist settings in a secondary or tertiary hospital. Under supervised practice in these clinical settings students will use evidence based practice to develop skills in professional communication, clinical assessment, clinical reasoning, treatment planning, intervention and evaluation. The requirement exists to integrate all relevant knowledge and skills from the earlier years of the undergraduate program so extension can occur. The learning approach promotes caring attitudes and facilitates the development of ethical and professional behaviours necessary for effective practice as a physiotherapy clinician. These clinical skills provide context for the further exploration of complex concepts pertinent to the individual as a developing practitioner. Contemporary issues such as collaborative models of practice, healthcare provision models, mental health and wellbeing and the physiotherapist as a manager/leader will be considered.

PHTY3006 Clinical Education II & Advanced Practitioner Development
Pre-requisites: PHTY2008 Clinical Education I, PHTY3000 Musculoskeletal Physiotheray (Spinal I), PHTY3001 Rehabilitation for the Neurosciences, PHTY3002 Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Sciences II
The course provides students with core competencies in the physiotherapy clinical management of patients presenting within a wide range of community based/primary care settings or specialist settings in a secondary or tertiary hospital. Under supervised practice in these clinical settings students will use evidence based practice to develop skills in professional communication, clinical assessment, clinical reasoning, treatment planning, intervention and evaluation. The requirement exists to integrate all relevant knowledge and skills from the earlier years of the undergraduate program so extension can occur. The learning approach promotes caring attitudes and facilitates the development of ethical and professional behaviours necessary for effective practice as a physiotherapy clinician. These clinical skills provide context for the further exploration of complex concepts pertinent to the individual as a developing practitioner. Contemporary issues such as collaborative models of practice, healthcare provision models, mental health and wellbeing and the physiotherapist as a manager/leader will be considered. Additional learning opportunities in quantitative/qualitative research, project design implementation and management, analytical methods and communication methods further advance the skills and abilities of the developing practitioner.

PHTY4000 Clinical Education III
Pre-requisites: PHTY3003 Physiotherapy in Paediatrics, PHTY3004 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Spinal (II), PHTY3005 Clinical Education II and Practitioner Development
The course aims to provide students with core competencies in the physiotherapy clinical management of patients presenting within a wide range of community based/primary care settings or specialist settings in a secondary or tertiary hospital. Under supervised practice in these clinical settings students will use evidence based practice to further develop skills in professional communication, clinical assessment, clinical reasoning, treatment planning, intervention and evaluation aligned with the expectations of a new graduate under the Australian Standards for Physiotherapy. The requirement exists to integrate all relevant knowledge and skills from the earlier years of the undergraduate program so extension can occur. The course promotes caring attitudes and facilitates the development of ethical and professional behaviours necessary for effective practice as a physiotherapy clinician.

PHTY4001 Clinical Education IV
Pre-requisites: PHTY3003 Physiotherapy in Paediatrics, PHTY3004 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Spinal (II), PHTY3005 Clinical Education II and Practitioner Development
The course aims to provide students with core competencies in the physiotherapy clinical management of patients presenting within a wide range of community based/primary care settings or specialist settings in a secondary or tertiary hospital. Under supervised practice in these clinical settings students will use evidence based practice to further develop skills in professional communication, clinical assessment, clinical reasoning, treatment planning, intervention and evaluation aligned with the expectations of a new graduate under the Australian Standards for Physiotherapy. The requirement exists to integrate all relevant knowledge and skills from the earlier years of the undergraduate program so extension can occur. The course promotes caring attitudes and facilitates the development of ethical and professional behaviours necessary for effective practice as a physiotherapy clinician.

PHTY4002 Clinical Education V
Pre-requisites: PHTY4000 Clinical Education III, PHTY4001 Clinical Education IV
The course aims to provide students with core competencies in the physiotherapy clinical management of patients presenting within a wide range of community based/primary care settings or specialist settings in a secondary or tertiary hospital. Under supervised practice in these clinical settings students will use evidence based practice to further develop skills in professional communication, clinical assessment, clinical reasoning, treatment planning, intervention and evaluation aligned with the expectations of a new graduate under the Australian Standards for Physiotherapy. The requirement exists to integrate all relevant knowledge and skills from the earlier years of the undergraduate program so extension can occur. The course promotes caring attitudes and facilitates the development of ethical and professional behaviours necessary for effective practice as a physiotherapy clinician.

PHTY4003 Clinical Education VI
Pre-requisites: PHTY4000 Clinical Education III, PHTY4001 Clinical Education IV, PHTY4002 Clinical Education V
The course aims to provide students with core competencies in the physiotherapy clinical management of patients presenting within a wide range of community based/primary care settings or specialist settings in a secondary or tertiary hospital. Under supervised practice in these clinical settings students will use evidence based practice to further develop skills in professional communication, clinical assessment, clinical reasoning, treatment planning, intervention and evaluation aligned with the expectations of a new graduate under the Australian Standards for Physiotherapy. The requirement exists to integrate all relevant knowledge and skills from the earlier years of the undergraduate program so extension can occur. The course promotes caring attitudes and facilitates the development of ethical and professional behaviours necessary for effective practice as a physiotherapy clinician.

PHTY4005 Professional Issues in Physiotherapy Practice
Pre-requisites: PHTY4000 Clinical Education III, PHTY4001 Clinical Education IV
The journey toward autonomous Physiotherapy practice requires more than ‘hands-on’ or ‘clinical-skills’ knowledge and abilities. Instead, independent practice as indicated in the Binational Physiotherapy Practice Thresholds includes a range of roles: The Physiotherapist practitioner, professional and ethical practice, communicator, reflective and self-directed practitioner, collaborative practitioner, educator and manager/leader. This course assists students to explore a range of topics related to these roles such as self-reflection on practice/lifelong learning, enhancing behavioural change and outcomes in clients, ethical and moral dimensions of healthcare service delivery, the interaction between socio-cultural factors and health, health and technology and the importance of mental health in practice.

PHTY4007 Complex Cases
Pre-requisites: PHTY4000 Clinical Education III, PHTY4001 Clinical Education IV, PHTY4002 Clinical Education V, PHTY4003 Clinical Education VI, PHTY4005 Professional Issues in Physiotherapy Practice
This course will enable students to develop their skills in analysing and planning the management of clients with complex and/or multi-system problems. Students are required to integrate material from the core areas of musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory, neurological physiotherapy and physiotherapy across the lifespan. The course involves in-depth discussion of a number of studies in formal tutorial/practical sessions and in peer learning student-directed sessions.  Case studies will be developed to accommodate the wide range of complex cases encountered in clinical practice.  It provides opportunities for students to debrief after their intensive clinical education program and to expand their knowledge and skills in targeted areas.

PHTY4008 Supervised Honours Research Project A
Pre-requisite: PHTY3006 Clinical Education II and Advanced Practitioner Development
This course allows students to develop advanced research skills including design, planning and ethical implementation of a research project and data analysis. Rigorous exploration of the relevant literature allows students to appraise and relate their work/findings to the wider published body of evidence within their particular area. Upon completion of the research project, submission of a thesis for examination and presentation of the findings to peers, supervisors and academic staff facilitates development of scientific communication skills in both oral and written forms.

PHTY4009 Supervised Honours Research Project B
Pre-requisite: PHTY4004 Supervised Honours Research Project A
This course allows students to develop advanced research skills including design, planning and ethical implementation of a research project and data analysis. Rigorous exploration of the relevant literature allows students to appraise and relate their work/findings to the wider published body of evidence within their particular area. Upon completion of the research project, submission of a thesis for examination and presentation of the findings to peers, supervisors and academic staff facilitates development of scientific communication skills in both oral and written forms.

PHTY5000 Pathophysiology of Burn and Trauma Healing
This course builds upon the foundational concepts of pathology, tissue healing and repair. It provides students with advanced knowledge of the pathology underlying injury to skin and other tissues commonly encountered in traumatic injury states. Areas addressed will include the inflammatory, proliferative, maturation and scarring processes of wound and tissue healing.  Additional areas considered will include tendon, muscle, bone and neural healing with comparisons made to skin wound healing. Students will apply the advanced knowledge in tissue healing and repair to critically appraise traditional practice and reflect on the pathophysiological basis of interventions they apply in the local environment of operation.

PHTY5001 Evidence Based Practice in Burn and Trauma Rehabilitation
Evidence based practice is a key topic which shapes and influences contemporary practice and health service delivery. This course will provide students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to allow them to operate as critical and informed consumers of this evidence.
Many published research papers seek to answer fundamental questions around topics such as therapy efficacy, patient prognosis, outcome measures and the broad spectrum of service delivery paradigms. Healthcare spending is often directed by the recommendations and decisions made based at least in part on this body of evidence. However, as advanced clinicians it is important to be able to judiciously question the design, implementation, analysis and interpretation of the research underpinning contemporary evidence based healthcare delivery.
In this course students will develop and apply these critical skills by identifying a chosen area of practice to investigate/critically appraise. In this way you will develop skills in literature/search strategies, assessment of research design with consequent interpretation of results and the assessment of bias within published studies. You will apply the knowledge and skills toward developing a comprehensive proposal and analysis plan for your chosen area of practice within your clinical area.

PHTY5002 Applying Outcome Measures in Burn and Trauma Rehabilitation
Pre-requisites: PHTY5000 Pathophysiology of Burn and Trauma Healing, PHTY5001 Evidence Based Practice in Burn and Trauma Rehabilitation
Why is outcome measurement important to patient outcomes? The expert clinician has a detailed understanding of the pathophysiology behind burns and major trauma and the implications of the local environment of operation. However, the development of advanced practice in this area involves careful consideration of the many additional factors that influence and allow prediction of rehabilitation and recovery outcomes and ultimately, quality of life for the affected individual. This course introduces and investigates the importance of outcome measurement as a means to inform, guide, predict and direct treatment and rehabilitation in the burns/major trauma patient. Students will develop reflective skills, promoting the assimilation of resources, clinical skills and treatment environment to provide the optimal outcome for patients. The course will consolidate advanced skills to allow outcome tool selection that will promote data driven enhancements for individuals, grouped patients, and service-wide outcomes.

PHTY5003 Quality Improvement - Framework Design and Implementation
Pre-requisites: PHTY5000 Pathophysiology of Burn and Trauma Healing, PHTY5001 Evidence Based Practice in Burn and Trauma Rehabilitation
The optimal patient journey in any environment of operation is achieved through improvements in the quality of care, within the current available resources. Health clinicians understand the quality improvement cycle, but often this may not be fully utilised to enhance service delivery and provision. This course will build on existing knowledge to develop advanced skills in design and implementation of methods in order to enhance and measure the quality of care at all points along the patient journey, applying an organisation-wide perspective.

PHTY5004 Complex Considerations of Exercise for Burn and Trauma Rehabilitation
Pre-requisites - PHTY5000 Pathophysiology of Burn and Trauma Healing, PHTY5001 Evidence Based Practice in Burn and Trauma Rehabilitation
Burn and traumatic injury cause significant acute and long-term debilitating sequelae. Exercise provides a vehicle for improvement of outcome post-injury. There are many factors which influence the efficacy of exercise as the patient traverses the varied spectrum of rehabilitation. Exercise and allied interventions aim to optimise the recovery from scarring of the mind and body following burn or major trauma. This course will explore in depth factors such as exercise type, nutrition, and the patient’s psychological response. In this course, students will be challenged to implement exercise based rehabilitation that reflects the individual and complex nature of the various patient populations. The student will critically reflect on their own exercise prescription behaviours and beliefs in order to motivate patients to optimise their recovery through therapeutic exercise.

PHTY5005 Body Image and Scar Management
Pre-requisites: PHTY5000 Pathophysiology of Burn and Trauma Healing, PHTY5001 Evidence Based Practice in Burn and Trauma Rehabilitation
Scarring of mind and body is an expected outcome of the repair process as burn and traumatic injuries heal. Advances in physical scar treatments have progressed incrementally in the last three decades. Arguably, the interventions to ameliorate the undesirable psychological sequelae associated with scar have received less attention and progressed far less than the physical options. However, questions such as ‘Can we regenerate damaged tissue without an intact neural system?’ and ‘How might early interventions impact upon body representation, body image or neuroimmunomodulation?’ must now be considered within the paradigm of optimal holistic scar management. Can we think ourselves whole again after an injury?

The aim of this course is to deeply question the paradigm within which we treat scar. Students will be asked to accept the challenge of harnessing the neuroplastic responses to traumatic injury from a novel perspective. The expectation is that the student will critically reflect on their own scar management beliefs and assimilate emergent evidence to motivate them to improve long term scar outcomes for patients after injury.

PHTY6000 Responding to Complex Trauma
Pre-requisite: PHTY5002 Applying Outcomes Measures in Burn and Trauma Rehabilitation, PHTY5003 Quality Improvement – Framework Design and Implementation
This course offers key insights into the journey that patients experience through the health system after complex injury trauma or surgery. Students will learn to identify physical and psychological challenges that may influence patient recovery. Students will develop communication and practical skills for treatment interventions to optimise the patient’s journey. Students will reflect on their own responses to the patient’s situation and learn about the impact of vicarious trauma or compassion fatigue on their own performance and professional wellbeing.

PHTY6001 Translating Theory into Injury Rehabilitation Practice
Pre-requisite: PHTY5002 Applying Outcome Measures in Burn and Trauma Rehabilitation, PHTY5003 Quality Improvement – Framework Design and Implementation
In preceding courses in the MBTR program, online content and assessment tasks have provided students with a theoretical grounding in the methods of assessment and indications for application of multiple practical rehabilitation techniques for upper and lower limb management following burn or trauma.  The aim of this course is to consolidate and apply their theoretical knowledge and to provide students with advanced practical skills specific to post-injury burns and trauma patients. The hands-on skills will be immediately applicable in clinical practice. The course includes techniques which address limitations commonly observed in patients after injury or surgery.

PHTY6002 Optimising the Patient Journey to Recovery after Injury Trauma
Pre-requisite: PHTY5002 Applying Outcome Measures in Burn and Trauma Rehabilitation, PHTY5003 Quality Improvement – Framework Design and Implementation
In this course, students will learn to recognise a patients’ premorbid and emergent psychosocial factors that influence treatment choices and outcomes. Students will consider in detail these non-biomedical factors and their implications on clinical behaviours in prehospital, in-hospital, subacute and chronic time points. Students will develop new and effective frameworks for practice behaviours to engage the patient and their social network. Finally, students will identify barriers to the return of optimal participation and socialisation.