REHB 3011


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

To develop knowledge and clinical skills in the rehabilitation/habilitation setting based on a sound understanding of the client’s condition and the effect of physiotherapy intervention on this condition.

Course content

Causes and mechanisms of abnormal movement. Pathophysiology and sequelae of a wide range of chronic and degenerative conditions requiring rehabilitation including: neuromuscular diseases, intellectual disability, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke, head injury, spinal cord injury, peripheral neuropathy, amputation, arthritis and chronic cardiorespiratory conditions. Physiotherapy evaluation procedures, outcome measures and intervention planning relevant to these conditions. Physiotherapy intervention including specific therapeutic techniques, exercise, application of principles of motor learning, programming for a variety of settings, functional mobility, postural control, gait, use of orthoses, mobility aids and other assistive devices, equipment and technology, electrotherapy. Social and emotional issues relating to disability, occupational health and safety issues especially manual handling, interdisciplinary role of other team members of the rehabilitation team and modes of service delivery, interprofessional practice, discharge planning, accessing ongoing community support for client’s self-management, role of advocacy.


Shumway-Cook A and Woollacott MH 2017, Motor Control: Translating research into clinical practice , 5th ed., Lippincott Williams and Wilkins , Philadelphia


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



Teaching method

Component Duration
Lecture 21 hours over x 2 weeks
Clinical 4 hours x 5 days x 5 weeks
Workshop 5.5 hours over x 2 weeks
Practical 3.5 hours x 5 weeks
Practical 26 hours over x 2 weeks

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


Case study, Placement, Presentation, Problem solving exercise


EFTSL*: 0.250
Commonwealth Supported program (Band 2)
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Fee-paying program for domestic and international students
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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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