Andrea has been practicing physiotherapy since 2005 and is the founder of Freiraum Physiotherapy in Austria. The focus of her work is neurology for children and adults but she also practices clinically in the home care setting with severely impaired clients of all ages. She has a Master of Education from Inter-University of Graz and is currently researching on professional ethics in Physiotherapy for her PhD in Education Sciences. She has also a special interest in Mental Health.
Researcher : Interuniversity of Graz
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This course complements existing knowledge of ethical principles, values and frameworks to explore more specific methods and concepts of ethical decision-making in physiotherapy. It takes a deep dive into more defined situations where ethical dilemmas may occur and explores concepts to surmount these. There will be a strong element of analysing real life scenarios in the discussions, so be prepared to share your thoughts and experiences with others, this will allow us to explore our own professional values, to learn from and with others on this course.
For good ethical clinical decision making healthcare practitioners should utilise a knowledge of ethics that includes an understanding of the underlying basis for ethical principles such as respect for autonomy and justice, and an awareness of the influence one's personal beliefs and values might exert in the decision-making process.
This programme of courses and assignment will provide a solid theoretical foundation of ethical principles combined with discussions and reflections of real scenarios that will be shared. It will explore different ethical practice frameworks and experiences from around the world and you will learn how to support sound arguments in the decision making process to justify your decisions. In learning how to apply these ethical reasoning theories and frameworks into your daily practice you may develop an inner roadmap to guide you and your patients safely through challenging situations considering rights and values of all concerned parties.
The course starts by looking into private practice and palliative care. You will learn how to be culturally competent and also manage professional relationships. Finally considerations for telemedicine and sports medicine are explored. You will be able to apply the things learned on this course into any part of your professional life.
It is crucial for healthcare workers to understand the effects of lifestyle factors and the adverse or positive experiences on individuals who face mild to severe mental health issues. Traumatic experiences, even if they took place in childhood, can continue to contribute to stress in adult life, with poor lifestyle options taken as a survival strategy or coping mechanism. These individuals can be at high risk for chronic diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular disease due to the side effects of medication, alcohol and smoking combined with a sedentary lifestyle. Exercise and diet are considered core elements of lifestyle modification and are essential to physical health. Another important factor is poor sleep quality as it can be a consequence of, or contributing factor to mental illness and can influence other lifestyle factors.
Mental Health is every physiotherapist's / physical therapist's business. As a key component of the bio-psycho-socio model used to understand a patient's individual circumstances, Mental Health concerns in physical therapy are not just confined to those patients who have psychiatric diagnoses. Mental Health issues can accompany a broad range of different health conditions, such as diabetes, stroke, amputation, cancer, chronic pain or childhood disabilities. As a healthcare professional with a long term personal relationship with their client, a physiotherapist is in a unique position to be able to identify and address this aspect of their patients well being. This is leading to the growing use of physiotherapy approaches in the treatment of patients even with severe mental health problems worldwide.
In addition to having knowledge of ethical principles and an understanding of ones own moral values, the practice of physiotherapy is governed by various ethical frameworks such as laws, regulations, policies, and guidelines. It is important for physiotherapists to be familiar with these and to understand when each is applicable to a given practice setting and/or specific patient.
The global outbreak of the novel Corona virus touches everyone - patients, health care professionals, and the public in general. One important aspect of human wellbeing is mental health which is likely to be overlooked in the pandemic response. In this course, we learn about how the mental health of patients and healthcare professionals could be affected and introduce relevant management strategies.
An increasing body of evidence indicates that mental health issues are responsible for a large proportion of the burden of disability experienced by people across the world. As healthcare practitioners involved in ongoing close personal interaction with clients, physiotherapists need to be aware of the impact of mental health on the conditions experienced and on how their management can positively influence this aspect of their patient's well being. In this programme of courses we will explore a range of relevant topics and explore how physical therapists can tackle this important and complex issue.
Physical activity (PA) and exercise are increasingly being recognised as efficacious components of treatment for various mental health disorders. There is now increasing evidence supporting the inclusion of PA programs as an adjunct to treatment for various conditions for depression, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse. These research results support the inclusion of clinical PA programs within mental health treatment, facilitated by dedicated clinicians (exercise physiologists/physiotherapists) and there are now many examples of successful integration of clinical PA programs within mental health treatment facilities.
Traumatic experiences are unfortunately a fact of human life and can affect the body, mind, psyche and an individual’s physical and emotional self-regulation. After a traumatic experience, some individuals experience physical symptoms and first-line practitioners should be aware of this when seeing clients after a trauma. The physical symptoms could range from sleeping problems and substance use disorders to disorders of different body systems. There is also a connection between trauma and chronic health conditions. For these reasons, practitioners should be aware of trauma-informed health care and understand the common responses and stress reactions to trauma.