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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 physiotherapy rehabilitation of adults with acquired central and peripheral neurological disorders. The main focus of the unit is on providing treatment rationales and hands-on skills training related to the management of adult-onset neurological impairment. Specific areas addressed include management of hypertonia, gait and balance, visual and vestibular dysfunction, oromotor dysfunction and communication disorders, impaired motor control/muscle function, and pain and neuroendocrine disorders. In addition, management of issues such as deconditioning associated with disuse and immobility, musculoskeletal sequelae of neurological disorders, neuropsychological and ethical issues and models of physiotherapy service provision are discussed. Opportunities are provided for discussion with a wide range of neurological rehabilitation specialists from related medical and allied health disciplines. Clinical demonstration and case studies are used in addition to supervised skills training to facilitate transfer of new knowledge and techniques to the clinical setting.

12 points

Students are able to update their theoretical knowledge and practical treatment skills related to the neurological rehabilitation of adults.


This is based on attendance at and participation in the practical skills training sessions (20 per cent) and a two-hour (open-book) examination (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/or 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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  • 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.