REHB 5111


Course Level


Offered Externally


Course ID


Unit Value


University-wide elective course

Course owner

Course owner
UniSA Allied Health & Human Performance

Course aim

To develop specialised evidence based clinical knowledge of pathology and mastery of skills of assessment, analysis of findings, planning, intervention and evaluation required for acute client centred physiotherapy practice.

Course content

Students will learn how to apply the clinical knowledge and skills required for acute physiotherapy practice with
adults. Students will build on their introductory knowledge of cardiovascular, respiratory, neurological and
orthopaedic condition pathologies and clinical presentations to develop readiness for practice in the higher
acuity setting (cardiothoracic surgery, critical illness, oncology). Students will apply problem-based learning to
integrate this knowledge with assessment skills (outcome measures, investigations e.g. chest x-ray, monitoring);
interpretation of assessment findings, and clinical reasoning to inform the planning, modification, progression and
evaluation of interventions in acute care including discharge planning. Knowledge to enable safe and effective physiotherapy practice in the acute care setting e.g. basic pharmacology, medical terminology, occupational health and safety, and ethical and medico-legal requirements.
Implementation of evidence based practice, needs of the older patient, culturally responsive care and communication within interprofessional practice.




Common to all relevant programs
Subject Area & Catalogue Number Course Name
REHB 5127 Evidence Informed Clinical Reasoning in Physiotherapy
REHB 5128 Physiotherapy Clinical Skills (Acute)
REHB 5066 Physiotherapy Professional Practice



Teaching method

Component Duration
Lecture 15 hours x over 1 week
Practical 15 hours x over 1 week
Clinical 7 hours x 5 days x 5 weeks
Clinical (Simulation) 10 hours x per student

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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Course Coordinators

UniSA Allied Health & Human Performance

Degrees this course is offered in

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