University of Technology Sydney

96084 Sub-acute Rehabilitation

6cp; 6hpw (1 x 2hr masterclass, 1 x 4hr workshops)
Requisite(s): 96080 Clinical Assessment and Treatment Planning AND 96081 Professional Practice AND 96082 Core Practice for Physiotherapists AND 96083 Pain Neuroscience and Management
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This subject introduces students to the physiotherapy management of sub-acute health conditions commonly seen in a hospital inpatient rehabilitation setting. Learning in this subject takes an inquiry-based approach to the restoration of physical function for people with complex orthopaedic and neurological conditions. Conditions across the lifespan are considered using clinical case scenarios. Students critique research and take an evidence-based approach to rehabilitation. 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 include 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 discussed and debated. Client-centred care (including self-management, goal setting, interprofessional models of care, culturally aware practice and collaborative discharge planning skills) are further expanded in this subject. Concepts of leadership (e.g. supervision of therapy aides) are explored.

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