Physiotherapy clinical practice in which students integrate theory and practical skills in the management of patients in a health care setting under supervision. This course involves full-time clinical practice and the management of a clinical case load. This placement will occur in one of the following clinical areas: acute/cardiopulmonary, rehabilitation/neurology, musculoskeletal, community practice or integrated general.
Availability2019 Course Timetables
- Semester 1 - 2019
- Semester 2 - 2019
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Competently clinically practice in a healthcare setting with a variety of people across the lifespan and from acute to chronic contexts.
2. Deliver a 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.
4. Demonstrate the use and integration of current research and evidence in the delivery of a physiotherapy healthcare service.
5. Select, and safely and effectively perform, an appropriate assessment (including, but not limited to; patient history and physical examination) using relevant assessment tools
6. Demonstrate skills in clinical reasoning and clinical decision making to correctly interpret and analyse assessment findings in order to plan intervention and management
7. Select, and safely and effectively deliver, appropriate evidence-based interventions and management strategies.
8. Select and apply appropriate outcome measures and adapt or progress management on the basis of measured outcomes including planning for discharge.
9. Effectively deliver appropriate preventative and educational strategies.
10. Communicate effectively verbally, non-verbally and in written and electronic forms with patients, care-givers, clients and other members of the multiprofessional health care team.
11. Demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour and attitudes.
12. Demonstrate an understanding of the role and responsibilities of the physiotherapist and of the members of the multiprofessional healthcare team.
13. Demonstrate all of the standards expected of a competent entry-level physiotherapy practitioner.
This placement will occur in one of the following designated physiotherapy clinical areas: acute/cardiopulmonary, rehabilitation/neurology, musculoskeletal, community practice or integrated general.
Course content is to be applied to the designated physiotherapy clinical placement area at a beginning new graduate level:
For each clinical placement course, in the designated physiotherapy clinical placement area, content will include:
- Supervised 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 for the application of background theoretical knowledge
- Opportunities for the application of skills in history taking
- Opportunities for the application of skills in physical examination, physical assessment and the use of appropriate outcomes measures and assessment tools
- Opportunities for the application of 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 skills in reflective practice and self review of clinical performance
- Opportunities for the demonstration of professional behaviour, attitudes and responsibilities.
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 PHTY2060.
Practical Demonstration: Clinical Assessment *
* 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 30 hour(s) per Week for 5 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