EXERSCI 737 : Physiotherapy in the Community


2022 Semester Two (1225) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Students will advance generic skills to manage chronic conditions commonly delivered by healthcare services in urban and rural communities. Learning will include manual therapy and exercise interventions for spinal conditions, chronic pain management, falls prevention, movement disorders, amputees, cancer survivors and paediatric respiratory conditions. Students will learn to deliver e-health rehabilitation and to deliver whānau-centred care for Māori and Pasifika communities.

Course Overview

The aim of this course is to develop understanding of the disciplinary knowledge and practice, critical thinking and solution thinking applied to management of long-term conditions through physiotherapy delivered in the community.  The course will be delivered through block teaching in a flipped classroom format. 

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: EXERSCI 731-734 Corequisite: EXERSCI 735, 736

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate understanding and effective application of theoretical concepts and principles relevant to physiotherapy practice for clients with long-term conditions across the lifespan to enhance their health and well-being. (Capability 1 and 3)
  2. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of evidence-based health care, accountability and responsibility to the client and health care team within the context of community based primary health care. (Capability 2, 3 and 5)
  3. Demonstrate integration of assessment findings into the delivery of culturally appropriate community-based physiotherapy interventions for clients across the lifespan with long-term conditions. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)
  4. Demonstrate effective planning of falls prevention within the context of community based primary health care. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)
  5. Critically evaluate provision of existing physiotherapy service delivery models within community based primary health care. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)
  6. Critically evaluate E-health and telerehabilitation for remote practice and the role of the physiotherapy educator. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)
  7. Critically evaluate the effective use of unregulated staff for extending the utility of physiotherapy programmes. (Capability 2, 3 and 4)
  8. Demonstrate a critical synthesis of practice to integrate Maori models of health and wellbeing into the planning and equitable delivery of physiotherapy provision within the context of community based primary health care (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6)
  9. Demonstrate the ability to research, identify and describe physiotherapy treatment modalities within the context of community based primary health care (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6)
  10. Critically reflect on the physiotherapy management of clients within the context of community based primary health care (Capability 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Practical test 30% Individual Test
Assignments 40% Individual Coursework
Test 30% Individual Test
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Practical test

Key Topics

  • Community based primary healthcare models (international and NZ, including IDT)
  • Critical reflection on experiences with accessing and working in primary healthcare with a focus on Māori and Pacific health
  • Evaluate provision of existing physiotherapy service delivery models within community based primary health care
  • Accountability and responsibility of physiotherapy within community based primary healthcare
  • Physiotherapy and the management of pain within community based primary health care setting
  • Pathophysiology and IDT management of long-term conditions
  • Reflect on challenges of working with clients with long term conditions, including strategies to manage grief and loss
  • Pathophysiology and IDT management of long-term conditions 
  • Effective planning and delivery of falls prevention
  • E-health and telerehabilitation for remote practice and effective use of unregulated workforce

Special Requirements

Must complete all assessments

Workload Expectations

This course is a 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 20 hours of lectures, 40 hours of labs / tutorials, 40 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 50 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at scheduled activities  to complete components of the course.
Lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities including tutorials will not be available as recordings.
The course will not include live online events.
Attendance on campus is  required for the practical test.

Attendance on campus is not required for the theory test.

The activities for the course are scheduled as a block delivery.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Talis reading list and links to relevant journal articles and published reports

Student Feedback

During the course Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the staff responsible for the course and staff-student consultative committees.

At the end of the course students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback.

Your feedback helps to improve the course and its delivery for all students.

No changes this year as this is the first time the course has run

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.


The content and delivery of content in this course are protected by copyright. Material belonging to others may have been used in this course and copied by and solely for the educational purposes of the University under license.

You may copy the course content for the purposes of private study or research, but you may not upload onto any third party site, make a further copy or sell, alter or further reproduce or distribute any part of the course content to another person.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

The delivery mode may change depending on COVID restrictions. Any changes will be communicated through Canvas.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 05/07/2022 08:12 a.m.