Credit points: 30

Subject outline

In this subject you will be given the opportunity to learn the scientific and clinical bases of contemporary musculoskeletal physiotherapy in professional development programs approved by the School of Allied Health and accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Association. Relevant anatomy, physiology, radiology, medical sciences, psychology, basic clinical reasoning and practical skills are taught with particular emphasis on clinical application and evidence based practice. In addition to the core material presented at approved professional development courses, you have the flexibility to enrol in other courses specific to your needs.

SchoolAllied Health, Human Services & Sport

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorEdmund Leahy

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesYou are required to complete 104 hours of professional development learning activities approved by the subject co-ordinators. This must include the Spinal A (or spinal 1) course and the Spinal 2 courses offered by Australian Physiotherapy Association. These learning activities include lectures, practical sessions and additional reading. You will apply and extend upon your knowledge and skills from your practice.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in one of the following courses: Master of Master of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy HMMSPC or or Graduate Certificate of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy HCMP


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Clinical Sports Medicine

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorBrukner, P.


Edition/Volume5th edition



Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Maitland's Vertebral Manipulation

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorHengeveld, E.


Edition/Volume8th Edition



Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Clinical reasoning in musculoskeletal practice

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorJones, M., Rivett, D


Edition/Volume2nd edition



Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Grieve's Modern Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorJull, G.


Edition/Volume4th Edition



Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Apply hypothetico-deductive clinical reasoning principles to develop an examination and management plan
02. Evaluate a client's musculoskeletal problem incorporating diagnostic reasoning and evidence pertaining to diagnosis.
03. Examine a client's spinal and/or peripheral musculoskeletal regions by designing and performing an advanced musculoskeletal physical examination.
04. Develop a management and rehabilitation plan which incorporates principles of motor learning, specific exercise prescription and manual therapy, as well as the relevant evidence.
05. Critique and evaluate the material presented on professional development courses attended.
06. Develop a personal professional development plan based on the knowledge and skills gaps relevant to your current and future clinical practice

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Other Site, 2021, All Year, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorEdmund Leahy

Class requirements

Professional Development ProgramsWeek: 0 - 0
One 13.00 days professional development programs per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 0 to week 0 and delivered via blended.
104 hours of attendance at professional development programs approved by the School of Physiotherapy and accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Association. This must include the Spinal 1 course, and the Spinal 2 course which is offered by Australian Physiotherapy Association. In addition to contact time, students are expected to complete pre and post course reading tasks as well as practicing techniques to achieve required competencies. Students who have already completed PTY5PDS may be eligible for credit for hours and assignments in this subject.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Students will undertake continuous assessment. Students will submit a series of assignments across their year of study, totaling 7500 words equivalent. Students who have completed PTY5PDS are required to complete 50% of the assessment tasks. Hurdle requirement: a completed spreadsheet of planned professional development courses must be submitted in order to pass this subject.

N/AAssignmentIndividualYes100 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6