MANAGEMENT OF THE UPPER LIMB
Credit points: 15
In this subject students gain an understanding of the theoretical basis for, and the clinical practice of, prosthetic and orthotic management of the upper limb. This subject is designed to develop students' understanding of upper limb including applied anatomy, pathomechanics & an introduction to a range of upper limb specific pathologies. The curriculum focuses on developing clinical skills necessary to provide services to persons with upper limb loss or weakness including: undertaking a detailed assessment of the client, develop a well evidenced prescription that meets the client's needs & undertake accurate measurement, casting, fabrication, fitting & adjustment of common upper limb prostheses and/or orthoses. Students will work closely with a variety of clients with upper limb deficiency to further develop their communication skills & ability to establish good working relationships. Students gain practical experience in the application of prostheses & orthoses for the upper limb.
SchoolSchool of Allied Health
Subject Co-ordinatorKerry Fisher
Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG
Prerequisites Must be admitted in HZPOTC and have passed POR3SLF or Must be admitted in HMCPO
Special conditions This subject is only available to students enrolled in Prosthetics and Orthotics.
Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes
01. Analyse the possible outcomes for a person with an upper limb pathology in relation to aetiology and interdisciplinary rehabilitation practices.
- Case study. Lectures. Practical sessions.
02. Conduct a safe clinical assessment and evaluate findings from subjective and objective assessments to determine clinical outcomes possible for a person with an upper limb pathology.
- Client assessment for orthotic and/or prosthetic device fitting.
03. Prescribe, apply and evaluate a prosthesis or orthosis to meet the treatment objectives for a given upper limb pathology and in doing so, articulate a strong and well evidenced rationale to justify the treatment.
- Case study.
05. Communicate clearly and coherently justification for use of a prosthesis or orthosis to manage any of a number of common pathologies affecting the upper limb for a given client.
- Referal letter. Verbal handover of client to colleague.
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Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Day
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKerry Fisher
Twelve 1.0 hours tutorial per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.
Thirty one 1.0 hours practical per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
Twenty 1.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.
Twenty seven 1.0 hours laboratory class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Students in independent lab sessions with OH&S oversight. Sessions noted in timetable."
|One 1.5 hr Written Examination (1,500 word equivalent)||40||01, 03|
|One Upper Limb Orthotics Project (1,400 word equivalent)||30||01, 02, 03, 05|
|One Upper Limb Prosthetics Project (1,400 word equivalent)||30||01, 02, 03, 05|