Advanced Gerontological Physiotherapy Practicum 2: Optimising Mobility and Gait with Older Adults
10 cp Prerequisites PHTY600 Advanced Clinical Reasoning for Physiotherapists in Aged and Neurological Rehabilitation, HLSC630 Aged and Neurological Disorders 1: Holistic Management Teaching Organisation 150 hours of focused learning.
The ability to comprehensively assess and manage balance, mobility and gait is an essential aspect of clinical practice for physiotherapists working with older adults. PHTY602 offers post graduate students the opportunity to update and enhance theoretical knowledge and clinical skills to facilitate development of advanced evidence based physiotherapy strategies and interventions for the management of balance, mobility and gait disorders during rehabilitation of the older adult. Motor learning principles, intensity of practice as well as exercise prescription will be considered and applied for the development of optimal intervention goals for older adults. Enhanced evidence-based knowledge and skills will facilitate student's clinical reasoning and development of holistic management plans for older adults that consider vascular, respiratory or cardiac pathology, multi-system decline, co-morbidities, pain and pathology. This unit aims to encourage students to further develop and apply to their practice, enhanced knowledge and skills associated with critical analysis of balance, mobility and gait; collaborative setting of person-centred goals; as well as development and implementation of evidence-based strategies; with the purpose of increasing clients' safety, foster healthier ageing and optimising patient outcomes.