9 x 1-hour tutorials per semester
11 x 1-hour practicals per semester
1 x 200-hour clinical placement per semester
1 x 10-hour independent study per semester
10 x 1-hour on-line lectures per semester
3 x 2-hour clinical simulations per semester
1 Admission into MPT-Master of Physiotherapy
1a Admission into BHSMPT-Bachelor of Health Sciences, Master of Physiotherapy
1b Admission into MPHYC-Bachelor of Health Sciences, Master of Physiotherapy
2 3 of PHYT8001, PHYT8002, REHB8101
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b) and 2)
Assignments, Placement (clinical), Practical work, Examination
Topic description

Physiotherapy Clinical Practice provides knowledge and skills for clinical practice in physiotherapy. Clinical case studies will be used to integrate knowledge and enhance clinical reasoning for assessment, treatment interventions and clinical documentation. Physiotherapy knowledge and skills will include relevant electrophysical agents, progression of manual handling and exercise therapy. Students will learn to apply interventions in an evidence based manner.

Theory and practical skills covered in lectures and practicals will be consolidated in clinical simulation and a five week (equivalent) clinical placement (Clinical Placement 2).

Educational aims

This topic aims to prepare students for their main 1st year clinical placement (CP2).

Specific aims of the topic sessions include: gaining knowledge and skills in the use of Electro Physical Agents (EPAs); medical record documentation; clinical reasoning and professional behaviour.

Simulation-based training aims to provide opportunities to refine knowledge and skills and to gain confidence and competence in patient management.

The five week (equivalent) clinical placement encompasses orthopaedic, musculoskeletal and/or cardiorespiratory physiotherapy practice with an emphasis on non-complex disorders and addressing key clinical competencies. Students are expected to manage patients (assess, interpret, plan, implement and evaluate interventions using a demonstrated and sound clinical reasoning process), in collaboration with the patient. Knowledge and skills are consolidated in the clinical placement, providing the opportunity to analyse, evaluate and refine effective physiotherapy skills attained in the course to date.

Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and skills of clinical practice including use of relevant electrophysical agents, clinical reasoning and documentation
  2. Engage in inclusive, collaborative, consultative, culturally responsive and client centred model of practice
  3. Engage in safe, effective and collaborative interprofessional practice
  4. Demonstrate professional and ethical behaviour including workplace health and safety requirements in a clinical setting in accordance with professional, ethical and legal regulatory standards
  5. Plan and implement safe, efficient, effective, collaborative, culturally responsive, evidence based physiotherapy assessments and interventions with clients
  6. Review the continuation of physiotherapy using relevant outcome measures with the aim of facilitating the client’s optimal participation in everyday life
  7. Demonstrate clear, accurate, effective oral and written communication skills to support the development of trust and rapport in professional relationships with the client and relevant others complying with professional and health site requirements
  8. Demonstrate proactive and constructive management of actual/potential conflict
  9. Access, gather, interpret and apply information to continuously improve practice and demonstrate the ability to reflect on own practice
  10. Recognise clinical situations that are outside their scope of competence and then seek appropriate support in a timely manner
  11. Recognise the need for, and implement, appropriate educational strategies to empower and collaboratively manage clients’ health