School Of Health Sciences

Physiotherapy for Chronic Illness and DiseaseWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 401107.4


Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 4

Credit Points: 10

Co ordinator
Genevieve Dwyer

Incompatible Units
401048 - Physiotherapy for Chronic Illness and Disease

400998 Neurological Rehabilitation AND 401200 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy B AND 400865 Evidence-Based Practice OR 400944 Evidence-Based Practice (Advanced)

401110 Clinical Education B (Rehabilitation) OR 401111 Clinical Education C (Ambulatory Care) OR 401112 Clinical Education D (Paediatrics) OR 400985 Clinical Education A (Acute Care)

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Students must be enrolled in 4706 Bachelor of Physiotherapy or 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 focuses on the role of physiotherapy in chronic disease management. A case-based learning approach will be undertaken to provide students with the theory, research and practice which underpins the assessment and treatment of people with chronic disease. The role of lifestyle factors in the development of chronic disease will be explored, along with health promotion and preventative strategies. The importance of client-centred care, which respects culture and diversity, and the multidisciplinary team approach will also be investigated in the context of frequently occurring chronic conditions.

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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