REHB 3007


Course Level


Offered Externally


Course ID


Unit Value


University-wide elective course

First Semester
(Study Period 2)

Second Semester
(Study Period 4)
Course owner

Course owner
UniSA Allied Health & Human Performance

Course aim

Develop a working knowledge and understanding of theoretical concepts and biomedical sciences, as related to cardiorespiratory physiotherapy practice and develop clinical skills of client centred physiotherapy assessment, interpretation and analysis of findings, planning, intervention and evaluation, in the management of conditions in current practice in acute hospital settings.

Course content

Conditions for which theoretical concepts and biomedical sciences are covered include: cardiovascular diseases (such as ischemic heart disease, heart failure), chronic lung diseases (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma and cystic fibrosis) acute respiratory conditions (such as pneumonia) and exacerbations of chronic lung diseases, traumatic injuries (such as chest trauma), acute peripheral orthopaedic conditions, and selected acute neurological conditions. This course covers both the physiotherapy and broader medical/surgical management for the above conditions, and other acute illnesses for which physiotherapy is commonly required. Critical illness and respiratory system support is also a key component, with a focus on acute stage rehabilitation. Other knowledge and understanding that is developed to enable safe and effective physiotherapy practice in the acute care setting includes basic pharmacology, medical terminology, occupational health and safety, and ethical and medico-legal requirements. Physiotherapy processes that are applied in the clinical setting include, assessment, clinical reasoning, intervention with a range of techniques, use of outcome measures, implementation of evidence based practice, evaluation, and comprehensive management that includes discharge planning and communication with the broader healthcare team.




Common to all relevant programs
Subject Area & Catalogue Number Course Name
REHB 2048 Neurosciences in Physiotherapy
PHAR 2019 Fundamentals of Pharmacology
REHB 2012 Physiotherapy Practice with Older Adults
HLTH 2006 Exercise Physiology 1
REHB 2042 Physiotherapy Studies 201



Teaching method

Component Duration
Lecture 21.5 hours x over 2 weeks
Practical 24.5 hours x over 2 weeks
Clinical 5 days x 7 hours x 5 weeks
Tutorial 6 hours x over 2 weeks

Note: These components may or may not be scheduled in every study period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.


Placement, Skills demonstration, Test/Quiz


EFTSL*: 0.250
Commonwealth Supported program (Band 2)
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Fee-paying program for domestic and international students
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Non-award enrolment
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* Equivalent Full Time Study Load. Please note: all EFTSL values are published and calculated at ten decimal places. Values are displayed to three decimal places for ease of interpretation.

Course Coordinators

UniSA Allied Health & Human Performance

Degrees this course is offered in

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