All graduate physiotherapists who have at least one year postgraduate clinical experience in adult neurology/neurosurgery/gerontology are eligible to apply for entry into these programs. Entry is competitive and requires the submission of the CMS and UWA application forms, a concise Curriculum Vitae, and two named clinical referees. Application forms can be down-loaded from the CMS web pages. Candidates need to provide certified copies of their qualifications and demonstrate that they have sufficient clinical experience, which includes related continuing education, to undertake this program.
The clinical program is co-ordinated by Associate Professor Sarah Love (PT, PhD) and taught by UWA academic teaching faculty and over forty guest lecturers, including a number of clinical associates of the Centre. A particular focus of the on-campus program is the interdisciplinary nature of paediatric neurological rehabilitation. Consequently a wide range of experienced clinicians, including paediatricians, developmental paediatricians, neonatologists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuro-radiologists, paediatric rehabilitation medicine specialists and allied health professionals with expertise in rehabilitation of children and adolescents with congenital and acquired neurological disorders, provide specialist theoretical and skills training sessions. In recognition of adult learning principles, peer teaching is extensively utilised during the on campus units.
The Graduate Diploma in Neurological Rehabilitation Paediatrics) is available each year. Application to enrol can be made at any time, and students can commence external units in the next available semester. Places in the on campus units are limited to approximately 16 students. At the discretion of the co-ordinator, students may be required to complete all the external units prior to attending the on campus semester.
The programs involve two types of units. There are six units in the GDNR(P): four are external and two are on-campus. The external units comprise coursework which the student completes by submitting assignments to guiding questions. All material resources are sent to the student on a CD and the assignments are returned to the Centre by mail, fax or e-mail (attachment). These external units can be completed over a flexible timeframe. The two 'on-campus' residency units require full-time attendance at the University of Western Australia for four weeks in late July/August.
It is preferable that students enrol in the external units before the clinical units, as this will allow students to have access to the essential reference material which is referred to during the clinical component of the course. However this is flexible and this decision will depend upon each student's situation in relation to other commitments and the availability of places in a given ‘on-campus’ semester.
The emphasis of this course is the development of a broad understanding of neurological rehabilitation and the role of the multidisciplinary team in assisting habilitation in congenital conditions, rehabilitation and recovery from acquired injury, and optimising function in long term conditions, as well as clinical reasoning skills and specific competencies in the assessment and management of children with neurological disorders. Included in these units are related aspects of anatomy, pathophysiology, and neuroradiology as well as evidence for the effectiveness of a range of interventions to address secondary consequences of neurological injury and to facilitate neuroplastic adaptation. The structure of the clinical units is designed to help integrate new theoretical knowledge into clinical practice. Much of this related theory, which in other courses is taught through lectures and assignments, is included in the external units. Through this structure, the external units provide resource information which is complementary to the on-campus units. This model offers considerable time efficiency over other models of post graduate teaching, given the flexible and self-paced nature of the external units and the intensive study period of the on-campus component.
Students are not required to complete a research project or to enrol in a research methods unit in this course. One of the primary objectives of these courses is to integrate clinical theory and evidence based practice into clinical decision making. To assist this objective, students are encouraged to reflect on the implications for their clinical practice of the literature that they are given to review. On successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Neurological Rehabilitation, students may be eligible to enrol into the Master of Neurological Rehabilitation. This course provides an opportunity to design, conduct, analyse and write up a research project in an area of sub-specialty within neurological rehabilitation and is designed to further develop the clinical- research nexus.
Masters of Medical Science [M.Med.Sci] and Doctor of Philosophy [PhD] degrees are also offered for those interested in undertaking a program which provides a more extensive research training experience.
No, it is not. The external units of the course are designed to be undertaken through distance education but the qualification is dependent upon achieving a satisfactory level of competence in the 'on-campus' clinical component of the course. To obtain the qualification you must come to Perth and complete the on-campusl units.
There is a range of short tem accommodation available close to the Crawley campus. Accommodation may be available at the university colleges, subject to room availability. The colleges provide full board, including 3 meals per day. Students are advised to liaise directly with the University’s accommodation officers available through the following weblink: http://www.studyat.uwa.edu.au/about/accommodation
Undergraduate and early clinical experiences vary greatly around the world and students in our programs represent many different clinical backgrounds. The lecturers are all experienced in postgraduate teaching and interacting with students from a variety of backgrounds. The diversity assists in clinical discussions and allows more experienced clinicians to review and develop their current methods of practice, while providing less experienced physiotherapists with a framework on which to develop a logical approach to the practice of neurological rehabilitation. However, in order to benefit from the clinical units it is recommended that students have a minimum of two years experience, with at least one year specifically in the area of paediatric neurology and/or neurosurgery, developmental paediatrics and/or early intervention, community paediatrics or paediatric rehabilitation.
Students are expected to practice on each other and participate in practical sessions. Suitable clothing is required in all practical sessions. Clinical discussions will be included to facilitate the clinical reasoning process with respect to the application of specific clinical techniques to different neurological conditions.
The majority of students submit assignments by email attachment. The unit Guide and resource materials are provided on CD. Printed materials can be provided (at additional cost) if required
No. You only need to complete the CMS & UWA application forms along with certified copies of academic award and transcripts, evidence of citizenship or residency status (if appropriate) and registration and a brief C.V.
Australian and New Zealand citizens and students who meet residency requirements may be eligible to receive a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) and receive assistance via a deferred payment loan scheme (FEE-HELP). More information about this scheme and eligibility criteria is available from the course co-ordinator.
For information on clinical training programs, please contact:
Associate Professor Sarah Love, PhD PT
Phone: +61 8 6488 7106
The Centre for Musculoskeletal Studies,
School of Surgery M424,
The Unversity of Western Australia,
35 Stirling Highway
Crawley, Western Australia, 6009
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