Online Course
Biodiversity and Physiotherapy
Adapt your physiotherapy practice for positive environmental health

1-1.5 hours





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Jessica Stanhope
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Dr Jessica Stanhope is a physiotherapist, epidemiologist and lecturer with a special interest in environmental and occupational health

To envision, explore, enhance, and employ environmental physiotherapy

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Environmental physical therapy is an emerging field that describes the relationship between health (specifically physiotherapy) and the environment. The environment encompasses climate change, pollution, extreme weather, and biodiversity loss. All of these facets have a direct or indirect impact on various health problems relevant to physiotherapy. This course specifically explores biodiversity loss, its effect on ecosystems and its implications for human health. It also suggests ways to conserve ecosystems and how physiotherapy practice can be changed to reflect positive environmental health.


The aim of this course is to describe the relationship between biodiversity loss and human health.


This course is made up of videos, reading, discussions and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1-1.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.1 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • describe the three ecosystem services from which people derive benefits
  • explain the principles behind the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA)
  • identify two ways that physiotherapists can incorporate environmental physiotherapy into practice

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

Jessica Stanhope: No relevant financial relationships disclosed by instructor.
Non-financial disclosure: Executive Committee, Environmental Physiotherapy Association


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