Courses & Units

Foundations of Physiotherapy CXA706


This unit introduces students to foundational knowledge and skills required for physiotherapists to perform their roles as resilient, confident, and autonomous practitioners in the delivery of safe, quality, person-centered, evidence-based practice. The scope of physiotherapy practice is examined, and students learn how the biopsychosocial model, ICF framework, and person-centered care approaches are applied in physiotherapy practice. Students will develop knowledge and skills to perform evidence-based physiotherapy assessment and treatment and evaluate client outcomes using physiotherapy clinical decision-making models. The principles of professional practice are introduced to support students in the development of foundational clinical reasoning skills with specific application of clinimetrics in formulating and confirming hypotheses, establishing clinical goals, and evaluating the clinical outcome using a biopsychosocial and person-centred care approach. The processes involved in trauma healing, inflammation, and pain in lower extremity musculoskeletal conditions are studied as the basis for developing knowledge and skills to prescribe physiotherapy exercise and electrotherapy intervention and implement rehabilitative interventions to facilitate healing and functional recovery in musculoskeletal injuries, in both post-operative and conservative management settings.


Unit name Foundations of Physiotherapy
Unit code CXA706
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
Discipline Health Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Nagarajan Manickaraj
Delivered By


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Cradle Coast Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the scope, key concepts and principles of current and future physiotherapy practice in Australia.
  • Use the biopsychosocial and appropriate models and frameworks to inform holistic clinical practice.
  • Apply the principles of rights-based healthcare, client-centred and reflective practice to respond to culturally diverse populations.
  • Analyse pathophysiological and clinical information to create exercise therapy plans and safely perform physiotherapy interventions for common conditions.
  • Analyse relevant information sources to justify evidence-based, clinical decision making.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
061701 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,402.00

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AssessmentPeer Assessment of Applied Clinical Reasoning (50%)|Evidence Based Paradigm Shifts in Physiotherapy. (25%)|Exercise Program Design (25%)
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