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PHTY73-418: The Work Ready Physiotherapist


This subject is designed to provide students with the opportunity to review and consolidate their understanding of the major themes and topics covered throughout the Doctor of Physiotherapy Program and their application to physiotherapy practice. Students will be encouraged to reflect on the adequacy of their preparation for the physiotherapy workforce and will articulate a career plan, employment application and a physiotherapy professional portfolio as part of this process. Future workforce challenges and potential directions for career paths will be discussed throughout this subject. Students will have the opportunity to refine and advance their communication  skills by delivering a poster presentation on a topical issue facing the profession of physiotherapy or the physiotherapist’s changing role  in the local, national and international health care  environments.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences & Medicine
Semesters offered
  • January 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Health Sciences
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $6,160
  • Commencing in 2023: $6,320

Learning outcomes

1. Discuss the opportunities available for employment within the field of physiotherapy and the current state of the physiotherapy workforce. 2. Generate a career plan following the reflection of personal and professional strengths and weaknesses and identify professional development opportunities aimed at enhancing career outcomes. 3. Discuss the opportunities for extended scope of practice and specialisation within the physiotherapy field and analyse its impact using current research. 4. Demonstrate professionalism when liaising with peers and health care professionals, reflecting on the importance of developing professional relationships within the healthcare setting. 5. Analyse the current challenges facing the physiotherapy workforce. 6. Employ effective written and verbal communication skills to create topical discussion amongst peers. 7. Analyse contemporary service models within the physiotherapy field in relation to evidence based practice.

Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?

Pre-requisites: ?

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. PHTY91-413 Physiotherapy Clinical Practice Unit 1 PHTY91-414 Physiotherapy Clinical Practice Unit 2 PHTY92-422 Physiotherapy Clinical Practice Unit 3 PHTY92-423 Physiotherapy Clinical Practice Unit 4 PHTY92-424 Physiotherapy Clinical Practice Unit 5 PHTY93-428 Physiotherapy Clinical Practice Unit 6

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.

Anti-requisites: ?

  • PHTY93-426 The Well Rounded Physiotherapist

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Non-Standard Offering
Enrolment opens14/11/2021
Semester start17/01/2022
Subject start10/01/2022
Cancellation 1?19/01/2022
Cancellation 2?21/01/2022
Last enrolment17/01/2022
Withdraw – Financial?27/01/2022
Withdraw – Academic?06/02/2022
Teaching census?26/01/2022