Introductory physiotherapy clinical practice in which students participate in the delivery of a physiotherapy healthcare service and 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 general clinical problems.
This course is a Compulsory Program Component and students must pass in order to progress in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy program.
Availability2019 Course Timetables
- Semester 2 - 2019
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Competently clinically practice at an introductory level with a basic, general and non-complex clinical case load.
2. Deliver a basic general physiotherapy healthcare service in a collaborative, ethical, client-centred and culturally responsive manner.
3. Identify and manage adverse events/near misses and minimise risk associated with physiotherapy assessment and intervention at an introductory level
4. Demonstrate the use and integration of current research and evidence at an introductory level in the delivery of a physiotherapy healthcare service
5. Take an appropriate history and perform a basic physical examination for a patient with a non-complex general clinical problem
6. Demonstrate introductory-level skills in clinical reasoning and clinical decision making to interpret and analyse assessment findings for patients with non-complex problems
7. Select, and safely deliver introductory level evidence-based interventions for patients presenting with non-complex clinical problems
8. Communicate effectively at an introductory level verbally, non-verbally and in written and electronic forms with patients, care-givers, clients and other members of the multiprofessional health care team
9. Demonstrate appropriate introductory-level professional behaviour and attitudes and an evolving understanding of the role of the physiotherapist and the other members of the multiprofessional healthcare team
10. Effectively develop and present an oral case report
11. Demonstrate all of the standards expected of an introductory physiotherapy practitioner.
This placement will occur in a general physiotherapy clinical area. Course content is to be applied to at an introductory level with non-complex clinical cases/situations and will include:
- Supervised introductory physiotherapy clinical practice experience in a healthcare setting including the provision of timely and constructive feedback on performance
- Involvement in the delivery of a physiotherapy healthcare service and the management of a clinical case load
- Opportunities to apply introductory skills in the use and integration of current research and evidence in the delivery of a physiotherapy healthcare service
- Opportunities for the application of basic background theoretical knowledge
- Opportunities for the application of basic skills in assessment including, but not limited to, history taking, physical examination, physical assessment and the use of outcomes measures and assessment tools
- Opportunities for the application of introductory clinical reasoning and analysis skills
- Opportunities for the application of verbal, non-verbal, written and electronic communication skills
- Opportunities for the application of skills in evidence-based practice and risk management
- Direct experience working and participating in a healthcare team
- Exposure to the role and responsibilities of the physiotherapist and opportunities for the observation of professional role models
- Opportunities for the application of introductory skills in reflective practice and self review of clinical performance
- Opportunities for the demonstration of professional behaviour, attitudes and responsibilities
- Opportunity to develop and present a case report
Review of Progress
This course is a compulsory program requirement for students in the following program(s):
In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students enrolled in these program(s) must satisfactorily complete this course in order to progress in their program.
This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) program.
Pre-requisite - successful completion of PHTY1020 and HLSC1000
Practical Demonstration: Clinical Assessment *
Presentation: Case Presentation
* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.
In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:
General Course Requirements:
- Clinical: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - Full attendance at clinical placements is required in order to be eligible for clinical assessment.
Course Assessment Requirements:
- Practical Demonstration: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
- NSW Health Verification Requirements - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met.
Face to Face Off Campus 35 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks
Dates may vary, please refer to the Physiotherapy Placement Calendar and the Blackboard site for more details.
Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Term Full Term starting in week 1