The study of the practices and principles that restore a person to an optimal quality of life. It includes treating individuals so that they can return to normal duties after being affected by accident or disease. The main purpose of this narrow field of education is to develop an understanding of normal and abnormal movement and mobility, and the musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiopulmonary systems. It also involves developing an understanding of the principles and practice of rehabilitation using a variety of activities, and the development of speech and its interrelationship with language and personality development.
Rehabilitation Therapies develops skills in:
- evaluating and interpreting a patient's emotional, psychological, developmental and physical capabilities
- monitoring and recording patients' activities, responses and progress
- planning and administering treatment programs on individual and group bases
- selecting appropriate forms of therapy, and advising and instructing on the use of aids
- teaching, assisting and monitoring a patient's progress in learning or relearning the skills of normal function.
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics