Graduate Certificate in Physiotherapy (Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy)

1 year part-time, Parkville — Domestic and International students

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On completion of this course, graduates will be expected to be able to demonstrate:

  • an advanced knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology applied to a specialist physiotherapy area;
  • an advance understanding of the recent knowledge base in a specialist physiotherapy area;
  • advanced clinical skills and techniques applicable to a specialist physiotherapy area; and
  • an ability to promote evidence-based practice in a specialist physiotherapy area.

Course Description

This course aims to further enhance physiotherapists' knowledge of epidemiology, health issues related to incontinence, and the anatomy, applied anatomy, physiology and pathology relevant for the assessment and treatment of incontinence. Diagnostic techniques, prevention and intervention strategies including exercise, electrotherapy, biofeedback and continence devices will be addressed. Course content will include specific issues related to adult female and male continence, ano-rectal continence, incontinence in children and in the older population. The course will require active participation by students in physical assessment and supervised clinical practice.

A practical component of the subject PHTY90003 The Pelvic Floor: Function & Dysfunction includes internal examination of the pelvic floor, pelvic floor muscle assessment, and application of internal and external adjunctive therapy in which students act as subjects for each other.

Participants will also develop skills in the use of outcome measures and critical review of the literature pertaining to problems of continence.

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