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PHTY72-413: Physiotherapy: Clinical Practice Unit 4


This is the fourth clinical practice unit in a series of six sequential clinical practice units. This is a five-week full-time (38-40 hours per week) clinical practice subject designed to provide opportunities for students to develop effective communication skills and an empathic and client-centred approach in the management of clients. Clients across the lifespan will be considered wherever appropriate. Clinical educators will facilitate the students' learning about the practical clinical environment: how to work effectively in a health care team and how to examine, diagnose and plan treatment and management. The emphasis of the clinical experience will be one of the following: inpatient or outpatient clients with neurological, orthopaedic or age-related disorders requiring rehabilitation; Inpatient or outpatient clients with orthopaedic or musculoskeletal disorders of all regions; inpatient or outpatient clients with cardiorespiratory disorders; adult or geriatric clients requiring physiotherapy care in community or disability services, aged care, or private practice settings; and any combination of the above. An evidence based approach will form the basis for this subject. Students will be provided with extensive opportunities to reflect on their clinical learning and their ability to integrate knowledge and skills from previous subjects into this clinical practice subject.


Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences & Medicine
Semesters offered
  • January 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • May 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • May 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Health Sciences
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2021: $6,160
  • Commencing in 2022: $6,160

Learning outcomes

1. Practise professionally and ethically in accordance with relevant legal and regulatory requirements including the documentation.
2. Communicate effectively in a culturally appropriate manner and operate as an effective team member with clients, families and the healthcare team.
3. Collect appropriate information from the client, formulate a preliminary hypothesis and design and safely conduct an assessment.
4. Analyse the information gathered upon assessment of the client, relevant diagnostic imaging or laboratory tests and formulate a sound clinical hypothesis, based on underpinning physiological / pathophysiological mechanisms.
5. Evaluate the results of the client examination, prioritise client needs, and set relevant and achievable goals including an appropriate discharge plan in consultation with the client and other relevant stakeholders.
6. Critically evaluate current management strategies using effective problem-solving and research strategies, and apply this knowledge to provide an evidence based rationale for clinical decisions.
7. Develop a physiotherapy management plan, implement and progress the interventions safely and effectively, and evaluate the efficacy of the interventions delivered using standardised outcome measures.
8. Demonstrate an understanding of the roles of the physiotherapist in the clinical practice setting and the roles of other stakeholders involved in client care.
9. Identify areas and situations outside their own skills and expertise, refer on to other health professionals when applicable, and seek the assistance of the clinical educator when appropriate.
10. Evaluate own practice in the clinical setting, use self-reflection as a mechanism to improve performance, and operate within individual and professional strengths and limitations.

Enrolment requirements

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Co-requisites: ?

There are no co-requisites.

Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

And/or equivalent prior versions of subjects being taught out. PHTY92-420 Physiotherapy for Chronic Disease and Disability PHTY91-413 Physiotherapy Clinical Practice Unit 1 PHTY91-414 Physiotherapy Clinical Practice Unit 2 PHTY92-422 Physiotherapy Clinical Practice Unit 3

Restrictions: ?
  • Study Abroad Students

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

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Subject dates

Future offerings not yet planned.