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.

PHTY1004 Movement Sciences for Physiotherapy
Pre-requisite: PHTY1000 Anatomy of the Neuromusculoskeletal System A
This course develops knowledge and skills foundational to the assessment, diagnosis and management of movement disorders as a physiotherapist. Knowledge of kinesiology, biomechanics, anatomy and physiology is developed in the context of clinical practice. The course will also focus on the physiology of the neuromusculoskeletal system, specifically normal human movement. Pathology affecting these body systems will be introduced to develop basic skills in managing movement disorders as physiotherapists in clinical practice.

PHTY1005 Functional anatomy for Physiotherapy 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.

PHTY1006 Functional anatomy for Physiotherapy B
Pre-requisite: PHTY1005 Functional anatomy for Physiotherapy 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.

PHTY1007 Medical Science
Pre-requisite: nil
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.

PHTY1008 Therapeutic Exercise After Injury: Physiological and Practical Foundations
Pre-requisite: PHTY1005 Functional Anatomy for Physiotherapy A
In this course, students will develop knowledge and skills in the principles and practice of clinical exercise prescription for patients in pain and who are recovering from injury. This is a foundational Physiotherapy intervention; exercise prescription in this setting is utilised to alleviate pain, promote tissue healing, and restore normal joint and muscle function. Safe and effective delivery of exercise to patients recovering from injury relies on robust technical, practical, and coaching skills. Students will integrate the processes by which exercise influences normal and pathological human physiology within a comprehensive approach to the biopsychosocial context in which the Physiotherapist practices.

PHTY1008 Therapeutic Exercise After Injury: Physiological and Practical Foundations
Pre-requisite: PHTY1005 Functional Anatomy for Physiotherapy A
In this course, students will develop knowledge and skills in the principles and practice of clinical exercise prescription for patients in pain and who are recovering from injury. This is a foundational Physiotherapy intervention; exercise prescription in this setting is utilised to alleviate pain, promote tissue healing, and restore normal joint and muscle function. Safe and effective delivery of exercise to patients recovering from injury relies on robust technical, practical, and coaching skills. Students will integrate the processes by which exercise influences normal and pathological human physiology within a comprehensive approach to the biopsychosocial context in which the Physiotherapist practices.

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: PHTY1005 Functional Anatomy for Physiotherapy A, 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: PHTY1006 Functional Anatomy for Physiotherapy 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.

PHTY2005 Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Sciences I
Pre-requisites: PHTY1004 Movement Science for Physiotherapy, PHTY1006 Functional Anatomy for Physiotherapy A, PHTY1007 Medical Sciences
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 Preparation for Clinical Practice
Pre-requisites: PHTY2001 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (Lower Limb), PHTY2002 Applied Neuroscience, PHTY2003 Medical Sciences, PHTY2010 Principles of Clinical Rehabilitation
Co-requisites PHTY2005 Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Sciences I, PHTY2006 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (Upper Limb), PHTY2007 Physiotherapy in Gerontology, PHTY2009 Physiotherapy in Gender Health

This course prepares students with the required knowledge and skills to be successful in a professional clinical environment. Students will integrate theoretical knowledge into practically based learning experiences. The practicum component allows students to develop their communication, interpersonal and professional skills and begin development of a range of clinically valued skills that will become the foundation for ongoing clinical education.

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.

PHTY2010 Principles of Clinical Rehabilitation
Pre-requisites: PHTY1004 Movement Science for Physiotherapy, PHTY1005 Functional Anatomy for Physiotherapy A, PHTY1007 Medical Sciences
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.

PHTY3000 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (Spinal I)
Pre-requisites: PHTY2002 Applied Neuroscience, 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, PHTY3000 Musculosketal Physiotherapy (Spinal I), PHTY3001 Rehabilitation for the Neurosciences, PHTY3002 Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy 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: PHTY2000 Research and Evidence in Physiotherapy, PHTY2008 Clinical Education I, PHTY3000 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (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
or PHTY3006 Clinical Education II and Advanced 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 or PHTY3006 Clinical Education II and Advanced 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: PHTY3003 Physiotherapy in Paediatrics, PHTY3004 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Spinal (II), PHTY3005 Clinical Education II and Practitioner Development or PHTY3006 Clinical Education II and Advanced 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.

PHTY4003 Clinical Education VI
Pre-requisites: PHTY3003 Physiotherapy in Paediatrics, PHTY3004 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Spinal (II), PHTY3005 Clinical Education II and Practitioner Development or PHTY3006 Clinical Education II and Advanced 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.

PHTY4004 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.

PHTY4005 Professional Issues in Physiotherapy Practice
Pre-requisites: PHTY3005 Clinical Education II and Practitioner Development or PHTY3006 Clinical Education II and Advanced Practitioner Development
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: PHTY2000 Research and Evidence in Physiotherapy, PHTY4000 Clinical Education III, PHTY4001 Clinical Education IV, PHTY4002 Clinical Education V, PHTY4003 Clinical Education VI, PHTY4005 Professional Issues in Physiotherapy Practice
Students will develop skills in analysing and planning the management of clients with complex and/or multi-system problems in a variety of clinical settings. Students are required to integrate material from the core areas of research and evidence based practice, musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory and neurological physiotherapy across the lifespan. The course involves in-depth examination of a variety of complex cases and will prompt students to reflect on their own experiences of complex case management following their intensive clinical education program.

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: PHTY4008 - 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
Pre-requisites: PHTY5000 - Pathophysiology of Burn and Trauma Healing AND 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.

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.

PHTY6004 Making a difference through clinical research
Pre-requisite: PHTY6003 Advanced Clinical and Translational Biostatistics (or equivalent graduate research course as a CRIS enrolment)
Complex health system challenges require robust and detailed solutions. Not only does clinical research provide a framework to identify, address and to translate findings, it can change the lives of those moving through the system. The key stakeholder in the research process is the beneficiary (the patient or consumer). Students will learn integral skills required to propagate and translate contemporary clinical research into systems or behaviour change that is meaningful and sustainable. This involves a detailed understanding of methodologies, how to build and maintain a collaborative team and to optimise factors that will positively influence the impact of the research. Students will learn to identify gap(s) in clinical practice, design a clinical research program and prepare full ethics proposal for submission.

PHTY6005 Translating research to practice in a health service
Pre-requisites: PHTY6003 Advanced Clinical and Translational Biostatistics (or equivalent graduate research course as a CRIS enrolment), PHTY6004 Making a difference through clinical research
Students will collect and analyse relevant data to optimise effective patient-centred solutions to local service delivery challenges. Students will be mentored through the full investigative cycle and will learn the key skills and abilities that allow the contemporary clinician to translate research into meaningful clinical improvement.