Advanced Aquatic Courses 2018
The opportunity to participate in the APA Aquatic Physiotherapy Levels 1, 2 and 3 courses doesn’t come along every year.
These courses help physiotherapists broaden their understanding of movement in water and develop advanced skills in screening, physiology and clinical reasoning. In 2018, you have the opportunity to complete all three Aquatic Physiotherapy and take your knowledge to the next level.
Aquatic Physiotherapy Level 1
Aquatic Physiotherapy Level 1 course (or equivalent similar foundation course in aquatic therapy) is a prerequisite for Level 2 and Level 3 courses. The following Level 1 courses offer foundation skills in understanding the environment, exercise prescription, manual techniques and evidence based practice are offered in the first few months of 2018, allowing you to complete all three levels in just one year.
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QLD, Herston - 3-4 March 2018
VIC, Heidelberg West - 3-4 March 2018
SA, Bedford Park - 24-25 March 2018
WA, Perth -28-29 April 2018
Other level 1 courses are available throughout the year.
Aquatic Physiotherapy Level 2: May - July 2018
These three online units represent a higher level of aquatic physiotherapy practice for those interested in extending their knowledge and skills. Each unit represents approximately eight hours of work and involves readings, webchats and an assignment with feedback.
All the material is available for download onlineimpro, with set times scheduled for participants to contribute to webchats.
Applied Physics (Unit A) looks at the physics of the aquatic environment—with a particular focus on buoyancy and drag—and how understanding these in more detail ensures physiotherapists prescribe the most appropriate and effective exercises.
Applied Physiology (Unit B) looks closely at pain, cardiovascular exercise and screening.
Clinical Reasoning (Unit C) explores how physiotherapists can be more critical and effective in how they measure and plan aquatic physiotherapy interventions.
Special price offer is available for all level 2 units when purchased as a bundle before 07 May 2018
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Aquatic Physiotherapy Level 3: August – October 2018
Aquatic Physiotherapy Level 3 represents the pinnacle of teaching. It is the best option for senior physiotherapists managing aquatic physiotherapy services, both in the public and private sector, as well as those managing people with complex conditions in aquatic rehabilitation.
The course explores a wide range of conditions, looking at complex client management, evidence-based practice, leadership, service delivery, risk management and quality improvement in clinical practice. It includes two online learning components as well as an intensive 10-days program. The in-house lectures and practical sessions are conducted at the state-of-the-art hydrotherapy pool at Austin Health in Melbourne.
The course provides the skills necessary for advanced clinical practice and career progression to the peak of aquatic physiotherapy. Many participants have also published research following the completion of the course.
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Course information booklet
I benefitted greatly from the amazing access to the tutors and from the practical supervision. It was a very empowering learning environment. The variety of presenters ensured the course was always engaging and gave lots of food for thought. The focus on clinical reasoning has given me confidence and freedom to apply my skills creatively. I have the confidence to try new techniques but also work with a greater variety of clients in the water. This course was a big commitment in time and energy but so worthwhile!
- Suzanne, regional community health physiotherapist
The Aquatic Physiotherapy Level 3 course was both challenging and very rewarding. The practical content was delivered by such a diverse range of knowledgeable presenters and has challenged me to think critically about program delivery. Now I know that my classes are more diverse, evidence based, progressive and challenging. My team are enthusiastic and are enjoying sharing my knowledge, and my clients have also been full of positive comments.
- Adrian, allied health services coordinator and physiotherapist
The presenters were passionate about aquatic physiotherapy, which was inspiring for those of us wanting to gain more knowledge to better our own practice and pass on to our colleagues. The course consisted of plenty of practical sessions.
- Krista, senior aquatic physiotherapist – rehabilitation centre
Free downloadable resources
- Literature review
- Aquatic Physiotherapy for improving functional gait in patients post-stroke: A systematic review, Jillian Chua, GraythwaiteRehabilitation Centre, Ryde Hospital, Ryde, Australia
- The Effectiveness of Aquatic Physiotherapy in Patients with Haemophilia: A Review of the Literature, N Blum, Senior Physiotherapist, Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service, Monash Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
- Effectiveness of aquatic interventions in the development of motor skills and physical fitness in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, W Taverna, Cobaw Community Health, Bendigo Health, VPRS, Australia
- Program design for effective aquatic physiotherapy to improve balance in the elderly, Aquatic Physiotherapy Unit 3 2014 – Assignment, A Benson, Australia
- What impact does aquatic therapy have on bone density in postmenopausal women? If it has a positive or maintenance effect, what are the programme parameters that facilitate these outcomes?, M McMahon, Senior Physiotherapist, Austin Health, Melbourne, Australia
- Aquatic Physiotherapy and its application to Cancer Rehabilitation: Informing safe and effective practice, Suzanne E. Smith, B. Physiotherapy, Australia
- Australian guidelines for aquatic physiotherapists working in and/or managing hydrotherapy pools.