Linking the essential core paediatric competencies in entry-level physiotherapy education to an australian entry-level extended-masters physiotherapy curriculum: a case study

Nikki Milne, Mari Springberry, Anita Baumann*, Jessica Farley

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Aim: To determine the extent to which an Australian entry-level extended-master’s physiotherapy program i) aligns to Essential Core Competencies (ECCs) in Pediatrics - Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy (APPT), ii) meets the International Organisation of Physical Therapists in Paediatrics content areas (IOPTP-CA’s) - the minimum international standard for paediatric curriculum, and; iii) utilises paediatric curriculum to meet the Physiotherapy Practice Thresholds in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand (PPTAANZ).

Design: Case study.

Method: An Australian entry-level extended-master’s physiotherapy program was examined to identify pediatric-related concepts. Two independent reviewers mapped paediatric subject learning outcomes (SLOs) and meaningful paediatric concepts (MCs) in the curriculum to the ECCs, IOPTP CA’s, and PPTAANZ. Consensus was achieved using two additional physiotherapist reviewers.

Results: Nine (47%) subjects incorporated paediatric-related concepts accounting for 0.2-73% of the subjects’ content. From 205 possible SLOs, 39 (19%) were paediatric-related. A total of 392 MCs were identified and mapped to ECCs, IOPTP-CA’s, and PPTAANZ. Of the 60 combined ECCs, IOPTP-CA’S and PPTAANZ sub-criteria, 59 (98%) were covered within the examined paediatric physiotherapy curriculum.
Conclusion: Excellent representation of ECCs and IOPTP-CA’s was apparent with strong representation from paediatric content towards the PPTAANZs. This mapping process highlighted the importance of accurate reporting to improve curriculum, identified potential gaps in paediatric content, and evidenced important elements in curriculum to maintain.

Key Practice Point:
• Future utilization of this linking-rules approach to map entry-level physiotherapy curriculum is recommended as a quality assurance process for meeting minimum national and international standards for inclusion of paediatric curriculum.
Original languageEnglish
Pages183-184
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 17 Oct 2019
EventTRANSFORM 2019 Physiotherapy Conference - Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 17 Oct 201919 Oct 2019
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Conference

ConferenceTRANSFORM 2019 Physiotherapy Conference
Abbreviated titleAPA
CountryAustralia
CityAdelaide
Period17/10/1919/10/19
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