School Of Health Sciences

Paediatric PhysiotherapyWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 401106.3


Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 4

Credit Points: 10

Co ordinator
Genevieve Dwyer

Assumed Knowledge
A good understanding of approach to assessment and management of impairments arising from disorders of the musculoskeletal system, neurological system and cardiopulmonary system is desirable. In addition approach to physical activity and/or exercise prescription is also desirable. This knowledge should have been acquired in previous physiotherapy-specific units run in the Physiotherapy program. Knowledge of EBP is also relevant and desirable.

Incompatible Units
401047 - Paediatric Physiotherapy

401197 Clinical Education (General) AND 400984 Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy AND 400865 Evidence-Based Practice OR 400944 Evidence-Based Practice (Advanced)

401107 Physiotherapy for Chronic Illness and Disease

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Students must be enrolled in 4706 Bachelor of Physiotherapy, 4733 Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) or 4707 Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours).

Teaching Periods

PeriodOffered  Campus  Contact
2021 1H  Yes  Campbelltown Campus - DAY  Genevieve Dwyer  Timetable not available  

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About this Unit
This unit aims to prepare the student as a competent entry-level practitioner in paediatric physiotherapy. It focuses on understanding the changes which occur from infancy to maturity and the impact of congenital or acquired conditions, or lifestyle diseases causing dysfunction. Clinical and ethical reasoning and family-centred practice are both stressed. The approach will also emphasise the role of physiotherapy within inter-professional teams to prepare for different work settings (acute care, rehabilitation and/or community). The unit integrates prior learning from previous years (especially units related to neurology, musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary physiotherapy and exercise rehabilitation).

Special Requirements - Legislative Pre-requisites

To be eligible to enrol in a unit and attend a health-related placement in your course, students must meet Western Sydney University course requirements AND Special Legislative Requirements to be assessed in their first year of study against the following:

1. National Criminal History Check: Students must have a current (expiring 3 years from date of issue) check valid for their entire course. A valid National Criminal history check must be an Australia wide check, include the student's full name matching their Student ID card and date of birth and not have any offences listed. If a student has a criminal history identified on their check, they must provide a Clinical Placement Authority Card (CPAC) or conditional letter from the NSW HealthShare Employment Screening and Review Unit


International students must additionally have a translated International Police Check or statutory declaration.

2. A NSW Working with Children Check (WWCC) clearance letter issued under the category of volunteer valid for their entire course.

3. A current approved first aid certificate valid for their entire course, approved provider courses can be found at:


4. A completed vaccination/immunisation card with all serology results containing expiry dates and currency must be maintained by the student to ensure compliance for their entire course.

5. NSW Undertaking/Declaration form

6. Completed any additional health forms required (such as NSW Health Code of Conduct, Health Student Undertaking/Declaration and Tuberculosis (TB) Assessment Tool)

7. Relevant Local Health District specific documentation as requested.

Contact your School for further details. Resources are also available on the Placement Hub website:


4706.2Bachelor of PhysiotherapyCURRENT
4733.1Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)CURRENT

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