PSIO13006 - Physiotherapy Management of the Complex Patient

General Information

Unit Synopsis

You will develop an evidence-based and patient-centred approach to physiotherapy management of the complex adult and paediatric patient across a range of clinical areas. Topics include: orthopaedics, amputees, mental health, oncology, men's and women's health, neurodegenerative diseases, burns and plastics, sepsis and acute respiratory distress syndrome, palliative care, and community based rehabilitation. Your focus will be on establishing the connections between physiological capacity for improvement and symptomology, while considering all relevant domains of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) framework.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

To enrol in this unit you must be enrolled in the CB85 Course and meet the following pre-requisites:

PSIO12002 - Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy

PSIO12005 - Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 2

MPAT12001 - Medical Pathophysiology

PSIO12004 - Neurological Physiotherapy 1

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2024

Term 1 - 2024 Profile

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. In-class Test(s) 20%
2. In-class Test(s) 40%
3. Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) 40%
4. On-campus Activity 0%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 94.12% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 47.22% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: SUTE Feedback
Students suggested that opportunities for more student interaction during class was facilitated.
It is recommended that group assignments be used to facilitate interaction between cohorts.
Action Taken
Students participated in more cross-classroom interactions, particularly when working on case-scenarios.
Source: SUTE Feedback and verbal in-class feedback
Students suggested that challenging healthcare questions on special populations should be proposed to facilitate in-class debate.
It is recommended that topics of a challenging nature are openly discussed in class to facilitate debate i.e. cross-class and within-class debate of healthcare topics related to the management of special populations e.g. LGBT+, HIV, Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders, and patients within prison-based settings.
Action Taken
Topics of a challenging nature were openly discussed within class and across camera to facilitate discussion and debate.
Source: Email and verbal feedback
Students found the video resources, assessment survival guide, unit Moodle site and unit Workbook very useful.
It is recommended that these resources are further developed and continue to be made available to students.
Action Taken
Resources were adapted and further developed and continued to be made available to students.
Source: SUTE
Groups assignments were challenging as they were scheduled in the same week as the neuro assessment.
It is recommended that the group presentation assignment be scheduled in the week prior or after any other external unit assignment.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE
The complex case scenarios were excellent, and really helped to embed learning.
It is recommended that complex cases continue to be developed and incorporated into the unit to help students embed their learning.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Apply and demonstrate knowledge of pathological processes, symptomology, medical and pharmacological management, clinical course and prognosis for complex clinical conditions and pathologies
  2. Develop, apply, demonstrate and evaluate an evidence-based assessment and treatment for clients with complex clinical conditions and pathologies across all domains of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) framework
  3. Design and demonstrate a safe rehabilitation program for a specific complex clinical scenario that applies a variety of exercise techniques with appropriate progression and modification for that scenario
  4. Relate the role of physiotherapy to the management of complex conditions and pathologies using both an inter-professional and client-centred approach
  5. Demonstrate acceptable professional and ethical behaviours consistent with a physiotherapy practitioner.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - In-class Test(s)
2 - In-class Test(s)
3 - Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
4 - On-campus Activity
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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