Courses Handbook 2006 - [Archived]

304901 v.1 Master of Advanced Physiotherapy Sciences


This course is not available to International Onshore Students on Student Visas


This course provides individuals currently working in a specific area of physiotherapy with a program designed to enhance knowledge, competence and skill in a diverse range of practical and research areas. It develops the ability to review literature critically and apply this information appropriately to the evaluation and management of client needs and contribute to the ongoing development of effective physiotherapy management. It includes laboratory and clinical and/or practical placements where assessment and evaluation and management skills are enhanced and developed. Literature is also reviewed on a number of relevant topics with research undertaken to address a specific research question.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

A bachelor degree, or equivalent, in physiotherapy from a recognised tertiary institution and a strong academic record together with a minimum of two years of relevant clinical experience at a postgraduate level. Demonstration of a commitment to continuing education is also required. Numbers are restricted and selection will be made on the basis of academic record, postgraduate clinical experience including continuing education and referees' reports. Eligibility for temporary registration with the Physiotherapist Registration Board of Western Australia is a prerequisite for acceptance into the course.

Specific Requirements

Applicants for this course should refer to the Communicable Diseases and Criminal Record Screening and Clearance Section of this publication. Prospective applicants are advised that the program requires full participation in laboratory classes where practical skills and topics are presented. Essential learning strategies demand that all students disrobe appropriately to act as subjects for their peer group. Recent evidence of proficiency in cardiopulmonary resuscitation is a prerequisite for Clinical Management 651 and Clinical Management 652.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Successful applicants may apply for recognition of prior learning based on postgraduate experience including advanced level practice, research activities and postgraduate studies.

Duration and Availability

This fee-paying course is of one year (three semesters) full-time or equivalent part-time study. Students may complete this course within one calendar year. Not all units are available each year with some of the specialisation units only offered every two years.

Course Organisation

The course will be taught within the normal semester time except that students will be required to work on their research projects Clinical Research 651 and Research Project 652 during the non-contact weeks and during the inter-semester break.

Additional Course Expenses

Students are required to purchase an anatomy license and to obtain registration with the Physiotherapists Registration Board of Western Australia. Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

Course Structure



Year 1 Semester 1

13053 v.2   Anatomy 651 2.0 25.0
13054 v.2   Clinical Management 651 12.0 25.0
13055 v.2   Clinical Physiology 651 2.0 25.0
13056 v.2   Clinical Research 651 6.0 25.0

Year 1 Semester 2

13057 v.2   Clinical Management 652 12.0 25.0
13058 v.2   Clinical Pathophysiology 652 2.0 25.0
13059 v.2   Research Project 652 4.0 25.0

Year 2 Semester 1

13060 v.3   Professional Project 650 10.0 50.0
13061 v.2   Professional Practice 651 4.0 25.0
13062 v.2   Professional Practice 652 2.0 12.5
13063 v.2   Professional Practice 653 2.0 12.5
NB The elective unit is chosen in consultation with the Course Coordinator.


Availability Information has not been provided by the respective School or Area. Prospective/current students should contact the School or Area listed above for further information.

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