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48 RCSI Annual Report 2012/13
teaCHIng & LeaRnIng
facultY of
mEdicinE &
hEalth sciEncEs
school of PhYsiothEraPY
During the past year, RCSI became the first Irish
School of Physiotherapy to have a programme
successfully reviewed by the Australian
Physiotherapy Council, the body with responsibility
for assessment of qualifications and skills of
overseas-qualified physiotherapists for registration
and migration purposes.
This initiative allows all graduates in that course year to apply to the Physiotherapy Board of
Australia for General Registration and to seek employment in recognised physiotherapy posts
in Australia.
RCSI's physiotherapy clinical education team, funded by an educational grant from the
National Academy for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (NAIRTL),
developed an innovative online assessment skills module for clinical teachers using
interactive screencasts, embedded YouTube videos and interactive tutorials. Formally
launched in October 2012 by Dr Catherine O'Mahony, NAIRTL Manager, the module was
made available from December 2012 to all physiotherapy educators nationally as a free
resource.
Throughout the year, staff made oral and poster presentations and presented
research findings at the Irish Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting, the International
Urogynecological Association Conference, the Irish Heart Foundation Stroke Study day,
the European Stroke Conference, the International Association of Geriatrics and Gerontology,
the Society for Academic Primary Care, the Rehabilitation and Therapy Research Society
and the Congress of the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical
Therapists. Academic and clinical research collaborations continue to be fostered with
Beaumont and Connolly Hospitals.
Under faculty staff supervision, a number of undergraduate students undertook summer
student projects funded by the Health Research Board and RCSI's summer student
research scheme. These projects were conducted in a variety of areas including pulmonary
rehabilitation, low back pain and work-related disability in musculoskeletal pain.
Research collaborations are ongoing with UCC Department of Medical Gerontology and with
the ESRI, involving studies measuring the effects of exercise for hospitalised older medical
in-patients and an economic analysis of stroke rehabilitation in Ireland. A study to investigate
the experiences and level of need in stroke survivors has received funding awards from the
National Disability Authority.