Cardiorespiratory Science and Physiotherapy Practice

PHT60004 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn

Contact hours

  • 60 hours face to face 12 hours of simulation clinical practice

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2023 teaching periods


HT1  Term 1

27 Feb 23 - 16 Apr 23

16 May 23

Last self enrolment:
27 Feb 23

10 Mar 23

Last withdraw without fail:
24 Mar 23


Admission to MA-PHYS Master of Physiotherapy

Aims and objectives

This unit introduces students to conditions that affect the cardiorespiratory system. Students will apply a systemic approach to assess, treat and manage individuals with cardiorespiratory presentations in the acute and community settings. This unit develops clinical reasoning that underlies the physiotherapy management of cardiorespiratory conditions based on the World Health Organization (WHO) International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) model utilising validated outcome measures. Students will integrate prior knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and pathology with research and evidence to generate effective and informed physiotherapy management.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Appraise foundational science knowledge and link it to pathophysiology and mechanisms of disease and pharmacology of the cardiorespiratory system
2. Employ a systematic approach to patient centred care that integrates knowledge and evidence and includes: assessment, interpretation of information, treatment planning, goal setting and evaluation of outcome.
3. Evaluate and safely apply effective physiotherapy assessment and intervention skills in cardiorespiratory setting.
4. Critically evaluate research and clinical guidelines that inform assessment and Physiotherapy intervention.
5. Evaluate the potential contribution that digital health and technology play in cardiorespiratory physiotherapy practice and the role of the physiotherapist within an inter-disciplinary team or as a sole primary practitioner.
6. Determine the impact of acute and chronic cardiorespiratory problems on the patient, carer and the healthcare system including factors that impact on patient clinical management (cultural diversity, comorbidities).
7. Reflect on attributes required of health professionals working in acute and community settings in line with professional code conduct and the physiotherapy threshold statement.