Pharmacology for Physiotherapy aims to provide students with foundational knowledge of basic pharmacological principles as well as a greater understanding of commonly prescribed medications in musculoskeletal, pain, cardiorespiratory and neurological conditions, including mental health and palliative care. This will include their relevant side effects, precautions and contraindications.  Client behaviours, autonomy around medications as well as prescription rights relevant to Advanced Physiotherapy practice will also be covered.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate and apply a clear understanding of pharmacological principles and the effect of client perception on adherence;  
  2. Safely and competently identify common medication groups across Physiotherapy practice including precautions, side effects and contraindications; and  
  3. Critically analyse and interpret clinical scenarios including medications prescribed to guide safe and appropriate management across the lifespan and inclusive of indigenous and culturally diverse populations.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Online MCQ: (1 hour) Principles of pharmacology and common medication groups. 25%
Test Online MCQ/EMQ/MEQ: (1 hour) Musculoskeletal and pain clinical MCQ Application of Pharmacology to scenario. 25%
Test Online MCQ/EMQ/MEQ: (1 hour) Cardiorespiratory MCQ Application of Pharmacology to scenario 25%
Test Online MCQ/EMQ/MEQ: (1 hour) Neurological MCQ Application of Pharmacology to scenario 25%

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