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96084 Sub-acute Rehabilitation

6cp; 2hpw (lecture), 4hpw (workshop)
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This subject introduces students to the physiotherapy management of sub-acute health conditions commonly seen in a hospital inpatient rehabiliation setting. Learning in Sub-acute Rehabilitation takes an inquiry-based approach to the restoration of physical function for people with complex orthopaedic conditions, limb amputation and after a stroke. Conditions across the lifespan are considered using clinical case scenarios. Students critique research and take an evidence-based approach to rehabilitation, including implementing clinical practice guidelines. Assessment skills are expanded to include functional tests. Treatment skills emphasise a motor-learning approach to rehabilitate bed mobility, sitting, standing, walking, high level balance and functional use of the upper limb. Interventions apply part-task and whole-task practice to restore function. New technologies that aim to promote brain neuroplasticity and cortical reorganization such as robotics and virtual reality training are debated. Client-centred care, including self-management, goal setting, interprofessional models of care, culturally-aware practice and collaborative discharge planning are further expanded in this subject.

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