Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs for short courses in Paediatric Physiotherapy

Who do I contact if I have a question?

Enquiries are best sent by email to: med.physioshortcourses@monash.edu

What is the workload for online short courses in paediatric physiotherapy?

This course is delivered via four x 1 week modules of online learning content - some will be articles that you need to read, some will be online case vignettes (patient history, patient video footage), some will be online lectures. Each week there are assessment tasks that you will need to complete - generally multiple choice quizzes and/or short or extended answers that you complete in a word document and submit. You receive feedback on your assessments from a remote tutor. Depending on your prior knowledge, most participants find that they take between 4-12 hours a week to work through the content (at their own time).

Are there any assessments during the course, or at the end of the course?

Each week there are assessment tasks that you will need to complete - generally multiple choice quizzes and/or short or extended answers that you complete in a word document and submit. You receive feedback on your assessments either automatically (for online quizzes) or from a remote tutor. There are no assessments associated with the face to face day (attendance only).

How much does it cost?

It costs $A600.

How do I register for the course?

Registration occurs via our online registration portal (ecart). You will need a credit card to pay for the course via ecart.  Once the course reaches maximum enrolments, registration will close off (or one week prior to commencement if maximum numbers not reached).

My employer is going to fund this course but cannot do the online payment via credit card that is available. Can you invoice my workplace to facilitate my attendance?

Yes that is no problem, please send an email with the contact details of where/ who to send the invoice to, ABN and registrants name, email contact number and address.

What happens after I have registered/ paid?

Once you have registered/paid, we will send you online log in details and more information about the course approximately two weeks prior to course commencement.

Can I enrol in the course after the start date?

No, you cannot enrol after the start date.

What does the face to face day consist of?

The face to face day (0900-1600) is an opportunity to ask questions directly to the tutors, to explore some practical skill development that couldn't occur online (e.g. equipment prescription, assessment techniques), and network with paediatric colleagues. There is no assessment component for the face to face day (other than attendance). It is held a few weeks post online content to allow you to complete any outstanding assessment tasks, and consolidate some of your knowledge.

I can’t attend the face to face day, is there another option?

If you cannot attend the face to face day, you can view online video footage of content delivered. Obviously it loses the interactive elements of the day, but people have found it an acceptable alternative when financial/geographical/family barriers to attendance exist.

I will miss some of the course as I am away on leave, can I still do it?

There is some flexibility in assessment deadlines. Speak to the course coordinator regarding your particular circumstances.

Do I get a certificate at the end of the course?

Yes we will endeavour to hand this out on the day. However we may also post the certificate to you if you do not receive it on the day (certificate will be sent to the address provided in online registration).

What type of certificate will I be issued at the end of this course?

You will receive a Certificate of Participation after completing all learning activities of the paediatric short course.

Short courses do not directly align with post graduate qualifications. A post graduate qualification (such as a graduate certificate or graduate diploma or masters) requires a much higher level of academic rigour and more extensive assessments (eg 2000 word essays).

If you are interested in doing the Masters of Advanced Paediatric Physiotherapy Practice, you can be granted up to 6 credit points from the paediatric short courses that you have completed. For more information about the Masters go to http://monash.edu/study/coursefinder/course/M6001/?courseview=domestic

I haven’t done any paediatrics since qualifying as a physiotherapist, which course would be suitable for me?

The introductory course (Enhancing skills in paediatric physiotherapy) although claiming to present 'introductory' content, is a worthwhile overview of the clinical practice areas (neuro, musc, cardio etc), settings (acute, subacute, community) and age range (infant through to adolescent). A number of highly experienced staff who have worked in a particular paediatric area for some years, have found it useful to revisit latest evidence pertaining to the wide scope of paediatric physio practice.

We have had several experienced clinicians take the course as a refresher and found that although some sections contained revision content, there is significant new content that they found worthwhile

Do I need study leave to complete the course?

The four weeks of content is delivered online - most clinicians have found that they can manage the study load by doing after hours or weekend study. The face to face day is on a Saturday - unless you are rostered to work every weekend you should not need study leave

Do I need to do the introductory course (Enhancing skills in paediatric physiotherapy) before I can do any of the ‘Advancing skills’ series?

We do recommend that all participants do the introductory course before they do the Advancing Skills series. This is because these courses build on introductory content provided in the ‘Enhancing skills’ course. However, experienced clinicians can apply for an exemption by submitting a brief (one page) CV outlining clinical practice experience and professional development undertaken in paediatrics since graduation. If you wish to apply for an exemption submit your request to med.physioshortcourses@monash.edu

Is there a set amount of professional development hours I can claim for this course?

Yes, each online paediatric course contributes to an estimated 40 hours of professional development.

Do I need any special software or computer hardware to do the short courses?

The majority of the course learning resources will be delivered by an on line learning site (Health Professional Education Online) within Monash University.

It is assumed you will have sufficient computer literacy to be able to:

  1. Send email.
  2. Receive email and open attachments including PDF, word, video files.
  3. Type at approximately 20 words per minute.

Technology Requirements: Successful completion of this course will require:

  1. A PC that is relatively recent
  2. Broadband internet access (cable, ADSL or ADSL2)
  3. A web browser such as Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari
  4. The ability to view PDF files, word documents, YouTube videos and mp4 and flv video files (the program VLC media player will open flv types of files and is free to download).

Do the online short courses count as a credit towards the Masters in Advanced Health Care Practice (Paediatric physiotherapy)?

The Masters units do not strictly speaking directly align with the short courses of the same name permitting direct credit (as the level of assessment required from a post grad qualification is much more rigorous than a short course). However, a combination of one or more short courses, other professional development, and clinical experience can be shaped to argue for credit towards one 6CP unit.   Additional credit can be requested if post graduate qualifications in paediatrics (e.g. diploma or certificate) have been gained.

I am interested in the Masters of Advanced Paediatric Physiotherapy Practice. Can you give me some more information?

Please find attached a link to the Masters of Advanced Health Care Practice (umbrella course), under which sits the Masters of Advanced Paediatric Practice. http://monash.edu/study/coursefinder/course/M6001/?courseview=domestic