This unit assumes that you have a good understanding of all content delivered in Semesters A-D. This unit draws on knowledge related to musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory and neurological physiotherapy, and then extends that knowledge to cover specific patient populations.
Learning and teaching strategy
This unit encompasses an active learning approach where you will be expected to actively engage in enhancing your own learning experience. A blended learning and teaching strategy is implemented within this unit with online resources providing content and interactive activities such as lectures, quizzes and forums, which is further built upon in campus-based tutorials and workshops. The teaching approach will be based on you developing a deep understanding of the principles and the ability to independently think critically and solve problems. The expectation is therefore that you can translate this knowledge to different scenarios eg. patients with slightly different presentation, ages or family conditions.
This is a ten credit point unit run over a 13 week session. Overall, it is anticipated that you will spend approximately 150 hours across the session on this unit. Within this session there will be approximately 24 hours of campus-based tutorials/workshops, 20 hours of clinical placement and 39 hours of online activities, including preparation for campus-based tutorials/workshops. You will also need to allow approximately 67 hours for assessment based work.
The clinical placement hours will involve you participating in the Health and Well-being Collaboration (HAWC) clinical program where you will follow the health care experience of a paediatric volunteer from the community, and their family. This will enable you to gain a much deeper understanding of the paediatric health care system and of the interactions with other sectors or organisations distinct to the paediatric population, such as the education sector. The assessments in this unit involve integration of experience gained during the HAWC clinical program.
In the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences professionalism is a key capability embedded in all our programs. As part of developing professionalism, Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences students are expected to attend all small group interactive sessions including tutorials, clinical and workshop sessions. You should be punctual and prepared for all sessions.
All tutorials and workshops are scheduled in your individual timetable. The timetable for classes can be found on the University web site at: http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au/. You may make a request to your unit convenor to attend a different tutorial/workshop on a one-off basis for extenuating circumstances. Failure to attend any learning and teaching activities, including tutorials/workshops, may impact your final results. It is your responsibility to contact the unit convenors by email to inform tutors if you are going to be absent.
This unit involves essential on-campus learning activities which will be delivered in accordance with a COVID Safe plan. You are expected to attend campus for these activities unless the Public Health Orders and/or University advice changes, you have any symptoms of COVID or you have been identified as a contact of an individual with COVID.
Unit Materials and Readings
The following textbook is recommended but not essential. An electronic copy of this textbook is available through the library.
Campbell, SK (2012) Physical Therapy for Children (4th edition) Philadelphia: Saunders
Recommendations about specific readings from these and other resources (such as research papers, books, websites and videos) will be listed on iLearn.
Technology and equipment
Teaching rooms are equipped with state of the art audio-visual and ICT equipment using ipads, internet connection, high quality video cameras and multiple LCD screens. Students will use a range of physiotherapy specific equipment typically used in the assessment and management of people with a range of health conditions.
To study optimally when off campus you will need to have access to a reliable internet connection to retrieve unit information and at times to complete assessment tasks via iLearn.
Videos relevant to many of the tutorials will be available on the iLearn site.
Consultation with staff
All staff will be available for individual consultation. See iLearn for contact details and times.