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Unit Overview


This unit forms part of the Graduate Diploma in Neurological Rehabilitation (GradDipNR) which provides students with an opportunity to update theoretical knowledge and skills in the neurological rehabilitation of adults with acquired central and peripheral neurological disorders. The main focus of the unit is on developing clinical reasoning and evaluation procedures. This includes revision of physiology and anatomy of musculoskeletal and neurological systems, an in-depth review of clinical reasoning theory, assessment procedures for acquired central or peripheral nervous system disorders and interpretation of clinical findings. Issues related to measuring outcomes using the International Classification of Functioning (ICF) framework—impairment, activity limitation (disability) and participation restriction (handicap)—in neurologically impaired clients are also reviewed. An overview of the role of related diagnostic methodologies for this client group such as real-time ultrasound, neuroimaging (MRI, PET, CT and TMS), and electrophysiological testing (EMG, EEG) is presented and the applications these evaluations for clients with neurological injury/disease are discussed.

12 points

Students are able to update theoretical knowledge and clinical reasoning and assessment skills related to the neurological rehabilitation of adults.


This is based on participation in problem-based learning exercises during the initial three weeks (20 per cent) and a final structured case-study presentation, presented individually or in pairs during the final week (80 per cent).

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Barbara Singer
Unit rules
applicants must hold a recognised bachelor's degree in Physiotherapy
or must satisfy the Faculty that their level of clinical education and the duration and level of their professional physiotherapy experience are such that they have the potential to complete the unit satisfactorily
Advisable prior study
a minimum of two years' clinical experience in the areas of neurology/neurosurgery/gerontology is recommended
Approved quota: 16
Contact hours
lectures/tutorials: 17.5 hours per week (over a 4-week practicum)

Discussed at the commencement of the unit.

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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.