1 x 50-minute lecture weekly
1 x 50-minute tutorial weekly
1 x 8-hour independent study weekly
1 Admission into BHSMOT-Bachelor of Health Sciences, Master of Occupational Therapy
1a Admission into BHSMPT-Bachelor of Health Sciences, Master of Physiotherapy
1b Admission into BHS-Bachelor of Health Sciences
1c Admission into BHSAG-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Ageing)
1d Admission into BHSDH-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Digital Health)
1e Admission into BHSHM-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Health Management)
1f Admission into BHSHP-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Health Promotion)
1g Admission into BHSIN-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Innovation)
1h Admission into BHSPN-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Physiology and Neuroscience)
1i Admission into BHSPS-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Psychology)
1j Admission into BHSTS-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Therapy Studies)
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d or 1e or 1f or 1g or 1h or 1i or 1j))
Assumed knowledge
A beginning level knowledge of health care practice and policy.
Assignment(s); Examination (50%);
Topic description

This topic introduces student to key principles that underpin rehabilitation practice and covers aspects such as the rehabilitation process, theoretical models and frameworks that guide rehabilitation, rehabilitation delivery including teamwork and practice environments, personal dimension of rehabilitation including patient/client involvement and the importance of including family and significant others as relevant, the process of rehabilitation, the factors that have shaped and are likely to shape rehabilitation practice, the outcomes of rehabilitation and the evidence base to support rehabilitation practice.

Educational aims

This topic aims to introduce students to the key principles underlying the practice of rehabilitation.

Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Describe the key elements of the rehabilitation process
  2. Identify the defining features of rehabilitation including patient participation, holistic care and teamwork
  3. Demonstrate the ability to critically analyse a research article in rehabilitation
  4. Describe the International Classification of Function (ICF) and apply this to rehabilitation practice
  5. Describe the origins and development of clinical rehabilitation and the factors that are likely to shape rehabilitation delivery in the future
  6. Identify different models and approaches for rehabilitation and the measurement of rehabilitation outcomes

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

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Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


If you are enrolled for this topic, but all classes for one of the activities (eg tutorials) are full,
contact your College Office for assistance. Full classes frequently occur near the start of semester.

Students may still enrol in topics with full classes as more places will be made available as needed.

If this padlock appears next to an activity name (eg Lecture), then class registration is closed for this activity.

Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

Classes in a stream are grouped so that the same students attend all classes in that stream.
Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.