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Gerontology Physiotherapy Level 2 – Part A

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  • Overview


Gerontology Physiotherapy Level 2 offers a great opportunity to build on the knowledge developed in the Gerontology Level 1 course. Topics include: management of dementia, frailty, persistent pain, mental health, an overview of the physiotherapist's role in the palliative care process and exercise prescription for older people. This course is a mandatory component of the experiential titling pathway in Gerontological Physiotherapy.

Part A is the first component of the Gerontology Physiotherapy Level 2 course. Part A consists of six self-paced modules. Each module contains an introduction to each topic, a list of recommended reading and an assessment. You must complete all 6 modules in order to progress to Part B.


Two ways to complete the course: blended or virtual

Learners have two ways of undertaking Gerontology Physiotherapy Level 2:

  • Blended: online self-paced (Part A) and attending a face-to-face classroom course (Parts B & C)


  • Wholly virtual: online self-paced (Part A & B) and live webinar (Part C)

Important note: if you have completed or wish to undertake the face-to-face classroom course, you are not required to complete Part B or Part C virtual.


Wholly virtual pre-requisites and progress: Part A must be successfully completed before you progress to Part B.  Part B must be successfully completed before you progress to Part C

Diagram: two ways to undertake APA Gerontology Physiotherapy Level 2



Learning outcomes

At the end of Gerontology Physiotherapy Level 2 you will be able to:

  • Extend the understanding of the diagnosis and management of conditions frequently encountered in older adults such as frailty, dementia, persistent pain, mental health disorders and palliative conditions
  • Practice and become competent in a range of tools used to measure impairments and participation restrictions associated with these conditions
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of a physiotherapist in the care continuum from preventative health to palliative care
  • Synthesise the evidence for exercise prescription within chronic conditions such as diabetes, bone health and falls
  • Recognise the need to respect a person’s cultural background within a physiotherapy program
  • Identify important evidence that supports physiotherapy practice in frailty, dementia, mental health, persistent pain, and palliative care, and be able to utilise this in practice


CPD Hours

12 Hours



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