REHB 6020


Course Level


Offered Externally


Course ID


Unit Value


University-wide elective course

First Semester
(Study Period 2)
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 client centred rehabilitation physiotherapy practice

Course content

Students will learn how to apply the clinical knowledge and skills required for rehabilitation physiotherapy practice
with adults. Students will learn the causes and mechanisms of abnormal movement, the pathophysiology and
sequelae of a wide range of congenital, chronic and degenerative conditions requiring rehabilitation including:
neuromuscular diseases (e.g. intellectual disability, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke, head injury,
spinal cord injury, peripheral neuropathy) orthopaedic conditions (amputation, arthritis) and cardiorespiratory
conditions (pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation).

Students will develop the physiotherapy of skills of assessment, application of outcome measures, analysis of findings, planning, intervention and evaluation relevant to these conditions; physiotherapy intervention e.g. exercise, application of principles of motor learning, programming for a variety of settings (including home and work), functional mobility, postural control, gait, use of orthoses, mobility aids and other assistive devices, equipment and technology, electrotherapy, client education. Students will integrate culturally responsive care and
management of social and emotional issues relating to disability, issues related to the older client and carer,
occupational health and safety issues especially manual handling, interprofessional practice in rehabilitation and
modes of service delivery, interprofessional practice, discharge planning, accessing ongoing community support
for client's self-management, role of advocacy.


Shumway-Cook, A & Woollacott, M H 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 5112 Physiotherapy Clinical Skills (Rehabilitation)
REHB 5066 Physiotherapy Professional Practice
REHB 5127 Evidence Informed Clinical Reasoning in Physiotherapy



Teaching method

Component Duration
Lecture 21 hours x over 2 weeks
Clinical 4.5 hours x 5 days x 5 weeks
Practical 3.5 hours x 5 weeks
Practical 26 hours x 2 weeks
Workshop 3 hours x 1 week

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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* 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
UniSA Allied Health & Human Performance

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