Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students are introduced to clinical practice through the examination of age-specific disabilities and diseases. Students learn about the clinical treatment process, from referral to provision of a prosthetic/orthotic device, through the exploration of age-specific diseases and disabilities. In doing so, students develop an understanding of a diverse range of pathologies and prosthetic/orthotic treatment options. This approach will enable students to compare the different management issues associated with treating paediatric or geriatric clients including: funding of services, communication styles, family involvement, duty of care, confidentiality, compliance, mobility aids & treatment processes.

SchoolSchool of Allied Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKerry Fisher

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites HBS1HBB and HLT1RAE

Co-requisites HBS2ALU

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Only available to students enrolled in Prosthetics and Orthotics (or prospective P&O grad entry master students).


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsPaediatric orthoticsRecommendedMorris, C 2007MACK KEITH PRESS, BLACKWELL PUBLISHING

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Discuss a wide range of age-related issues affecting the prosthetic and orthotic management of both paediatric and geriatric clients and describe strategies that may be used to address these

a. Discuss the Prosthetic and Orthotic Ethical Code of Conduct b. Discuss differences in communication styles and how these can enhance the effectiveness of treatment with a range of clients from different age groups c. Explain the role of family in the management of the paediatric and geriatric client and issues that can arise d. Explain the unique health care issues of paediatric or geriatric clients that influence prosthetic and orthotic management, and determine strategies to respond to these.

02. Apply the prosthetic and orthotic treatment process to cases that comprise of a range of age-related diseases and unfamiliar conditions

a. List the steps to be taken in clinical assessment b. Describe the process of determining the most appropriate orthosis or prosthesis for a given client c. Describe various funding models that exist within the Australian Health Care system specific to the provision of prosthetic and orthotic services for paediatric or geriatric clients d. Describe the process of provision of prosthetic or orthotic devices and client follow-up e. Implement the referral process, including writing referrals for a client and receiving and responding to referrals

03. Appraise the role prosthetics and orthotics can play in fulfilling treatment goals for a range of pathologies

a. Describe the aetiology, pathogenesis and clinical presentation for a range of age-related pathologies affecting the axial skeleton and extremities b. Explain how a given pathology affects the axial skeleton across a range of ages. c. Determine treatment goals for a client with an age-related pathology.

04. Communicate in a professional manner, both individually and as a member of a team, in written and oral form

a. Identify independently retrieve and evaluate the quality of professional literature from diverse sources including journals and text books b. Write for a professional purpose in an appropriately structured and logical manner to communicate arguments and ideas clearly and concisely. c. Communicate using professional language including correct anatomical and/or prosthetic/orthotic terminology. d. Communicate effectively about your client#s needs with other health professionals through written and oral form. e. Use the prescribed referencing methods in written work and oral presentations. f. Provide feedback in a supportive and professional manner to peers and clients.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKerry Fisher

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
group oral presentation (five minutes per student)20 01, 02, 04
group project equivalent to 500 words per student30 01, 02, 03, 04
one 2,000-word written assignment50 01, 02, 03, 04