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Disability Physiotherapy Level 1 - Part A

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  • Overview


Disability Physiotherapy Level 1 aims to provide physiotherapists with the knowledge, understanding and skills to provide high quality physiotherapy services to people with a range of disabilities. In doing so, the course introduces models of practice consistent with best practice in the disability field, and highlights both commonalities and differences with other areas of physiotherapy practice. It also covers issues relating to the funding landscape within the disability sector, with a focus on the NDIS, and applies this knowledge to practice.


The course is ideal for recent graduates, physiotherapists moving into this practice area or experienced physiotherapists wishing to undertake refresher CPD.


Disability Physiotherapy Level 1 is delivered through a blended learning model comprising three parts:


  • Part A is the first component of the Disability Physiotherapy Level 1 course and consists of seven OnDemand, self-paced modules
  • Part B live virtual classroom is very interactive and will include lively discussions between learners and expert presenters, with the opportunity to ask questions along the way
  • Part C is practical face-to-face classroom learning

Diagram: Undertaking APA Disability Physiotherapy Level 1


Learning Outcomes


On completion of Disability Physiotherapy Level 1, participants will be able to: 


  • Explain and apply models and frameworks for working within the field of disability; including strengths based culturally responsive models of care, the ICF framework, and legislative contexts; and implications of these for physiotherapy practice. Describe common impairments and activity limitations in clients with neurological conditions
  • Describe funding landscape within the disability sector (including NDIA/NDIS) and apply this knowledge to practice. 
  • Explain the physiotherapy roles within disability at a service level (service provision types) and epidemiological level (supporting people with disability, levels of physical activity, effect of immobility, falls, respiratory health, mealtimes) and apply these when working with individuals and their families and carers.
  • Explain and apply strengths based, culturally responsive approaches to goal setting within the context of the ICF framework to guide assessment, support and intervention for people with a disability.
  • Describe and use relevant assessment tools and approaches to assess people with a disability, including assessment of physical activity levels, 24 hour positioning, respiratory health and manual handling requirements.
  • Design support plans and interventions that are goal determined, evidence based, and integrated into activity and participation components of the individual’s day.


CPD Hours

10 hours



  • Build your Confidence in Disability Management self-paced OnDemand (click the title to be taken directly to the course)
  • This course is designed and suitable for qualified physiotherapists. 
  • Part A is the pre-requisite for Part BPart B is the pre-requisite for Part C.


Important note: Part A must be successfully completed before you can progress to Part B. If you register for Part B, joining details for the live virtual session will not be available until Part A is completed. Part B must be successfully completed before you can progress to Part C.


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