Community Health Promotion and Chronic Disease

PHT70005 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One Semester or equivalent 
    This unit will be delivered  on-line in Term 3 2020.

Contact hours

  • 60 Hours

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

2023 teaching periods


HT3  Term 3

31 Jul 23 - 10 Sep 23

10 Oct 23

Last self enrolment:
31 Jul 23

11 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
25 Aug 23


Admission to MA-PHYS Master of Physiotherapy

Aims and objectives

This unit appraises and consolidates the knowledge of the incidence and prevalence of disease and impairment with a focus on population health and delivery of physiotherapy within regional, rural and global contexts. Students will explore wellness across the lifespan in addition to chronic disease presentations such as diabetes and obesity. Students will also examine the role of physiotherapy in education, health promotion and management of age-related changes and chronic conditions across cultures. The roles of Non- Government Organisations (NGOs), WHO and the Australian healthcare system will be evaluated to explore how agencies set priorities and advocate for change. The role of the national and international professional physiotherapy bodies will be explored as a voice for physiotherapy and advocacy for responsible healthcare.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Reflect and commentate on the history, cultural contribution, values and beliefs of indigenous Australians to facilitate effective physiotherapy provision within an inter-disciplinary team or as a sole practitioner
2. Thoroughly investigate the contributing factors to functional impairments associated with aging and gerontology, obesity and diabetes
3. Critically review the role of national and global healthcare systems in relation to physiotherapy provision to indigenous Australians, within aged care and chronic disease
4. Proficiently devise comprehensive physiotherapy management plans that are inclusive of consumer needs and expectations within the context of diverse communities
5. Explore and examine physiotherapy intervention in rural, regional and global communities via case studies