University Handbook 2015

Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Physiotherapy Practice

Course code/s: Albury-Wodonga (HZHSPW), Bendigo (HZHSPB), Melbourne (HZHSPP), Mildura (HZHPPM), Shepparton (HZHSPS)

This course will only be available for continuing students.
Prospective students wishing to study physiotherapy should apply for the  Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Physiotherapy Practice.

Bendigo and Melbourne students will undertake all years of the course at the campus they are enrolled at.
Albury-Wodonga, Mildura and Shepparton students will undertake their first year only, at their respective campuses, completing the remainder of their course at the Bendigo Campus.

Course Coordinator:  Ms Sarah Barradell

For current student enquiries contact ASK La Trobe.

Course duration: 4 years

Physiotherapists assess and treat patients with temporary or long-term physical injuries, movement disorders or disability, aiming to achieve the highest possible degree of recovery, activity, participation and quality of life. They may work independently or as members of health care teams. Physiotherapists are active in the prevention of illness and injury and in the promotion of health. Physiotherapists are also involved in clinical research, movement rehabilitation, ergonomics and the management of health care organisations. Subjects undertaken during the double degree include general and health sciences, professional, clinical and research-related studies.

Course structure

This combined degree course is offered on a full-time basis. The course uses an enquiry-based learning approach that emphasises client-centred, interprofessional and evidence-based practice. In first year, students undertake an interdisciplinary year in which students enrol in subjects with their peers across health sciences courses. The focus of this year in on basic human biosciences and developing an understanding of factors influencing health, and the roles of health professionals in the health and welfare sectors. In second year, students begin to develop physiotherapy skills and further explore the human biosciences of anatomy, physiology and pathology. By the third and fourth years, students will be able to apply their knowledge and practical skills to the physiotherapy management of disorders across the life span. During the pre-clinical semesters, students develop the practical aspects of physiotherapy through simulated learning environments and by practising on each other.

In the final 18 months of the program students will be allocated to a clinical school where they will undertake, in each semester, two x five-week, full-time clinical placements as well as two theory subjects in a five-week theory block. Prospective students should note that clinical placements and study often occur outside normal University teaching periods. Students are required to undertake placements in a variety of health care settings in the areas of cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal and neurological physiotherapy practice. In fourth year, students have the opportunity to undertake placements in more specialised areas of clinical practice, such as women's health, paediatrics, sports, oncology and spinal cord injury. Students must comply with the Clinical and Professional Placements Policy. Enrolled students must hold current student registration with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia, and adhere to legislative requirements and professional codes of conduct.

First year
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 HLT1AIM* Academic Integrity Module 0
TE-SEM-1 HBS1HBA Human Biosciences A 15
TE-SEM-1 HLT1IPP Introduction to Professional Practice 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE1IDH Individual Determinants of Health 15
TE-SEM-1 Elective Can be taken from anywhere in the University. Students must satisfy any prerequisites. 15
TE-SEM-2 HBS1HBB Human Biosciences B 15
TE-SEM-2 HLT1RAE Research and Evidence in Practice 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE1SDH Social Determinants of Health 15
TE-SEM-2 Elective Can be taken from anywhere in the University. Students must satisfy any prerequisites. 15

Key: * HLT1AIM is a zero-credit-point subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to  enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

Second year
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 HBS2ALT Anatomy of Lower Limb and Trunk 15
TE-SEM-1 HBS2PBM Physiology and Biomechanics of Movement 15
TE-SEM-1 PTY2HDM Human Development and Movement 15


Integrating Evidence Into Practice

TE-SEM-2 HBS3PAP Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 15
TE-SEM-2 HBS3AUN Anatomy of Upper Limb and Neurosciences 15
TE-SEM-2 PTY3EHW Exercise for Health and Wellbeing 15
TE-SEM-2 PTY3STM Soft Tissue Management 15
Third year
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 PTY4MUP Physiotherapy for Musculoskeletal Dysfunction 15
TE-SEM-1 PTY4NEP Physiotherapy for Neurological Dysfunction 15
TE-SEM-1 PTY4CAP Physiotherapy for Cardiorespiratory Dysfunction 15
TE-SEM-1 PTY4PCP Skill Development for Person-Centred Physiotherapy 15
TE-W40-441 PTY5MCP Managing Complexity in Clinical Practice 15
TE-W40-441 PTY5ELG Physiotherapy for Early Lifespan and Gender-Specific Conditions 15
TE-W35-391 PTY5PPA Professional Practicum A 15
TE-W40-441 PTY5PPB Professional Practicum B 15
Fourth year
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-W05-25 PTY5EBP Evidence Based Practice 15
TE-W15-191 PTY5CDM Chronic Disease Management 15
TE-W10-141 PTY5PPC Professional Practicum C 15
TE-W15-191 PTY5PPD Professional Practicum D 15
TE-W35-391 PTY5PPE Professional Practicum E 15
TE-W40-441 PTY5PPF Professional Practicum F 15
TE-W30-50 PTY5APP Advanced Physiotherapy Practice 30

Key: 1 This study period is required as a standard enrolment. Students are required to update their enrolment in StudentOnLine to reflect the correct Study Period that matches each block (subject) listed on the Clinical Roster. Refer to the Guide on the LMS clinical site for further information and resources.

Professional recognition

Students are required to maintain registration with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia. Graduates are eligible for registration with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia.

Registration is an essential prerequisite for physiotherapy practice in Australia.


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