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96089 Prevention and Rehabilitation in the Community

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Subject handbook information prior to 2019 is available in the Archives.

UTS: Health (GEM)
Credit points: 6 cp
Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


This subject covers prevention, wellness and management of people with chronic diseases across the lifespan in community settings. A particular focus is exercise therapy and self-management to maximise health and participation in daily life. Exercise and lifestyle management for disease prevention, psychological health and healthy aging, including education, activity and falls prevention programs are a focus. Students critique evidence underpinning high and low intensity exercise to chronic diseases. Aquatic physiotherapy for chronic disease and physiotherapy for cancer survivors and palliative care are introduced. Exercise adherence and self-efficacy inform behavioural interventions of motivational interviewing, behaviour change, compliance and motivation. Telerehabilitation and technology are used to deliver therapy with the aim of increasing participation and physical activity. Physiotherapy management for common movement disorders such as spasticity, rigor, ataxia, dystonia and tremor is taught in the context of interprofessional care. Physiotherapy management for new approaches such as deep brain stimulation, non-invasive brain stimulation and botulinum toxin injections is discussed. Client-centred care, shared decision making, self-management and goal setting are expanded in this subject, while the role of the physiotherapist as an educator is further explored.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

15. Establish goals with client and families/caregivers
16. Plan an intervention
17. Collaborate and participate in shared decision-making with the client and relevant others
19. Provide an evidence-based justification for intervention selection
20. Organise environment for safe execution of intervention
21. Minimise risk of adverse events to self and clients during intervention
25. Evaluate the efficacy of an intervention
27. Use education to empower clients and caregivers
30. Empower a client’s self-management and self-efficacy
31. Develop health promotion programs
32. Develop illness/injury prevention strategies
33. Integrate new technologies into physiotherapy care
35. Communicate effectively with the client, caregivers and other health professionals
40. Engage in inclusive, collaborative, consultative, culturally responsive and client-centred model of practice
60. Critique selected research

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

This subject provides the basis for a well-rounded physiotherapist to act beyond the scope of hospitals and clinics, and provides strategies to promote health and evidence-based care to individuals living in the community. Students gain an understanding of physiotherapy practice in the community to increase quality of life for people living with chronic conditions.

Teaching and learning strategies

Prep work

Prep work is undertaken prior to masterclasses and workshops. Prep work can include watching a video, reading a blog entry/website/textbook chapter/journal article and/or listening to a podcast/video/interview. Questions often accompany the prep work so students read with intent which encourages deep reading. Content covered in prep work is strongly linked to content covered in masterclasses and workshops. Please ensure prep work is carried out so that you have spent some time accessing and making sense of ideas. Attending the masterclasses and workshops will allow you to test these ideas and get feedback from your teachers and peers which will further consolidate your learning. Your knowledge and understanding of the prep work will be tested and applied using quizzes, group discussions and practical activities in masterclasses and workshops.


Masterclasses are conducted in groups of 60 or more. There is usually a presentation of content by the teacher followed by activities which build on the prep work and the content presented. These activities are varied and require students to work alone, work in pairs or work in groups of 3 or more.

Examples of these activities include short quizzes and group discussions. Group discussions often involve solving a problem or answering a question based on case studies or the content topic. All activities are facilitated by the teacher. Feedback is provided by the teacher where there is discrepancy in the knowledge and understanding of the content or disagreement in opinions between groups. Feedback can also be provided by peers.


These activities are varied and often require students to work in pairs or work in groups of 3 or more. Examples of these activities include simulated role play of patients in case studies, group discussions, debates and a brainstorming session covering many aspects of physiotherapy practice. The content of feedback will cover professionalism, communication, thoughts and interactions. Feedback can also be provided by peers

Content (topics)

This subject contributes to the aim of producing practice-ready graduates with an evidence-based, culturally competent and person-centred approach to physiotherapy care. It builds on knowledge gained from all of the clinical subjects covered in the course to date. The subject will provide students with a fundamental understanding of physiotherapy in the community, for both rehabilitation and preventive healthcare. Knowledge gained in this subject is expanded in the later subject 96093 Transition to Practice, where community models of care are debated further in the context of future physiotherapy practice.


Assessment task 1: Group presentation


This assessment task will give students the opportunity to work together in groups to prepare a class presentation. Groups will present on the current management of people with chronic conditions in the community.


This task is aligned with the following subject learning objectives:

15, 17, 19, 25, 35 and 40

Type: Presentation
Groupwork: Group, group assessed
Weight: 30%

15 mins for presentation + 5 mins for question time (Total 20 mins)


Please refer to marking criteria on UTSOnline.

Assessment task 2: Video submission - Tele-rehabilitation treatment


This assessment task will give students the opportunity to demonstrate their clinical reasoning skills, communication skills using tele-rehabilitation treatment for a selected client.


This task is aligned with the following subject learning objectives:

17, 20, 21, 27, 30, 33, 35 and 40

Type: Demonstration
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 40%

5 minute video. Written home exercise program: 3 page maximum


Please refer to UTSOnline for the marking criteria rubric.

Assessment task 3: E-clinical written examination


This assessment task will give students the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and clinical reasoning in various topics covered in weeks 2 to 13.


This task is aligned with the following subject learning objectives:

16, 19, 25, 31, 32 and 60

Type: Examination
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 30%



Marks have been allocated to each question in the written exam (marks in bold add up to 30%). Your total grade on the written exam will depend on the number of correct answers/marks obtained for each question.

Minimum requirements

In order to pass the subject, you are required to

  • complete all assessments items,
  • achieve an overall grade of ≥ 50, and
  • attend a minimum of 85% of classes.

Required texts

Stokes M and Stack E (2013) Physical Management for Neurological Conditions. London, UK: Churchill Livingstone, Elsevier.

Coursework Assessments Policy

Coursework Assessments Procedures

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