Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy is a foundation practice area in the Masters of Physiotherapy Course. It requires students to draw on and apply previous biomedical knowledge to interpret clinical scenarios involving the cardiovascular and respiratory systems through the use of case-based learning, simulation and practical workshops. The unit aims to provide students with the advanced theoretical knowledge, communication skills and management strategies required to critically analyse and clinically reason through acute and chronic cardiorespiratory presentations across the lifespan; and to safely assess and manage these conditions in line with evidence-based practice and person centred care. These skills are an essential component of work ready practice.

Unit details

VU Sunshine Clinical School
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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Apply and further develop foundation anatomical and physiological knowledge relevant to cardiorespiratory based clinical presentations;  
  2. Develop evidence based clinical reasoning and critical thinking skills through a case-based learning approach and develop a person-centered, prioritized problem list;  
  3. Safely and effectively assess and manage common cardiorespiratory presentations across the lifespan and inclusive of indigenous and culturally diverse patient populations;  
  4. Evaluate and reflect on treatment outcomes, devise targeted plans for ongoing management and effectively communicate this to specialist and non-specialist audiences; and  
  5. Execute constructive peer review and critical self-reflective practice utilising the peer assisted learning model.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Test (30mins) 15%
Case Study Scenario (Modified Essay Question) (1 hour) 30%
Other Peer review and self-reflective practice (500 words) 15%
Examination Practical Skills Assessment: OSCE station-based examination (30mins) 40%

Required reading

Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy - Adults and Paediatrics 5th ed.
Main, E. Denehy, L. (2016)

Where to next?

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