Physiotherapy Clinical Practice I

Course code PHTY2060Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

General physiotherapy clinical practice in which students integrate basic theory and practical skills in the assessment and treatment of patients in a health care setting under supervision. This course provides an introduction to full-time clinical practice and the management of a case load comprising simple mixed clinical problems.

This course is Compulsory Program Component and students must pass in order to progress in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy program.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesAs a result of successfully completing this course, students should be able to:
1. take an appropriate history and perform a competent physical examination of a patient presenting with a selected simple clinical problem;
2. safely apply an evidence-based intervention for a patient presenting with a selected simple clinical problem;
3. apply basic skills in clinical reasoning in conducting the clinical examination and making clinical decisions;
4. communicate and collaborate effectively with patients, care givers and other health care providers;
5. demonstrate professionalism and an evolving appreciation of the role of the physiotherapist;
6. effectively present an oral case report.
Content- clinical application of basic skills in history taking to selected simple patient problems
- clinical application of basic physical examination skills to selected simple patient problems
- clinical application of basic intervention skills to selected simple patient problems, including treatment modification and progression
- clinical application of basic clinical reasoning skills, including making appropriate assessment and management decisions
- clinical application of oral and non-verbal communication skills
- clinical application of written communication skills, including documentation of patient data
- direct experience working in a health care team and contributing to the team
- the multi-faceted role of the physiotherapist
- skills in oral presentation
- educational value and components of a case report
- clinical application of basic skills in safe and evidence-based general physiotherapy practice
- skills in self review and peer review of clinical performance
- health professional behaviour and responsibilities
Replacing Course(s)None
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNA
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsClinical
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)Full attendance at clinical placements is required in order to be eligible for clinical assessment.
Other: (please specify)Final (summative) clinical assessment, end unit (week 4, clinical placement) - 80%*
*this assessment item must be passed in order to pass the course.
Presentations - IndividualOral clinical case presentation - 20%
Contact HoursClinical: for 35 hour(s) per Week for 4 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) program.
Compulsory Program ComponentPrior successful completion of PHTY1020 and HLSC1000.
This course includes a period of professional placement. The term professional placement includes all activities (clinical, fieldwork, industry placement, work experience) undertaken in a facility where patients or clients are seen and you are present as a student of the University of Newcastle. Placement is a compulsory course component of this course andplacement must be passed to pass this course.

To attend placement and pass this course students will need to demonstrate that they have met the mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements.

WorkCover approved First Aid Certificate.

International Students (additional requirements)

• Police Certificates from all previous countries of residence (translated into English and certified as a true copy)

All School of Health Sciences students have been made aware of these rules since enrolment into their Programs in year 1, and students have been provided with information and assistance to complete the necessary placement requirements. Any student excluded from placement because they are unable to demonstrate the above compulsory course components will not be able to pass this course and will be given a failed grade (FF) for the course. Any student not able to fulfill the requirements above, or who are unwilling to meet these requirements, is required to make an appointment with the course coordinator to discuss their progress in this course and their degree. No opportunities to vary placement will be provided to students unable to demonstrate the necessary placement requirements.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PHTY2060