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PHTY91-414: Physiotherapy Clinical Practice Unit 2


This is the second 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 opportunity for students to develop effective communication skills and an empathic, client-centred approach to the management of clients with cardiorespiratory or orthopaedic/musculoskeletal disorders. Clients across the lifespan will be considered wherever appropriate. Clinical educators will facilitate 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 experiences will be on one or a combination of: i) inpatient or outpatient clients with relatively straightforward cardiorespiratory disorders; ii) inpatient clients with relatively straightforward orthopaedic and musculoskeletal disorders of all regions; iii) outpatient clients post-orthopaedic surgery; and iv) inpatient or outpatient clients with more complex cardiorespiratory conditions.

An evidence-based approach will form the basis for this subject. Students will be provided with extensive opportunity 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
Study areas
  • Health Sciences
Subject fees
  • Commencing in May 2020: $5,860

Learning outcomes

1. Practise professionally and ethically in accordance with relevant legal and regulatory requirements including documentation.
2. Communicate effectively in a culturally appropriate manner and operate as an effective team member with clients, families and the health care 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 physiotherapy interventions delivered using standardised outcome measures.
8. Understand the role of the physiotherapist, other health care providers, and other individuals, such as family and carers, for the client in this setting.
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

Requisites: ?

Pre-requisites: ?

  • PHTY91-408 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy I
  • PHTY91-410 Principles of Physiotherapy

Co-requisites: ?

  • PHTY91-409 Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy
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.

Students are required to have completed all pre-clinical coursework relevant to their allocated clinical placement.

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.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Future offerings not yet planned.