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PHTY93-425: Clinical Internship


This subject is designed to enable the Bond University Physiotherapy graduate to be “work ready” when the Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPhty) Program is completed. Students will be located in a clinical facility for the equivalent of 6 weeks full time.  Clinical staff, assisted by Academic faculty, will provide a clinical learning environment conducive to students achieving a greater level of autonomy in clinical decision making and holistic care of clients, with opportunities to communicate effectively with clients and their families / carers as well as with the broader health care team, while observing high professional standards, legal and ethical requirements. Students will have the opportunity to work with patients with complex disorders and diseases and as appropriate from across the life span. This placement marks a transitional stage for the physiotherapy student and ensures a high level of preparation and work readiness upon graduation as a physiotherapist.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences & Medicine
Study areas
  • Health Sciences
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2020: $11,720
  • Commencing in 2021: $12,320

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate effective use of the learning environment, aiming for the highest level of proficiency for work-ready entry level practitioners by the close of the internship period.
2. Demonstrate professional and ethical practice in accordance with relevant legal and regulatory requirements including the composition of documentation.
3. Demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively in a culturally appropriate manner and operate as an effective team member with clients, families and the health care team.
4. Demonstrate an ability to collect appropriate information from the client, formulate a preliminary hypothesis and design and safely conduct an assessment
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. Demonstrate a strong understanding of the particular health challenges associated with clients in a specific life stage or practice setting and manage these holistically with empathy and sensitivity.
10. Demonstrate leadership and advocacy skills in the management of clients and their family, care givers and support networks.
11. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of the physiotherapist and other health care providers, and the role of other individuals, such as family and carers, for the client in this setting.
12. Identify areas and situations outside their own skills and expertise, refer on to other health professions when applicable and seek the assistance of the clinical educator when appropriate.
13. Evaluate own practice in the clinical setting and 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.

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  • 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

Non-Standard Offering
Enrolment opens15/11/2020
Semester start18/01/2021
Subject start22/02/2021
Cancellation 1?01/03/2021
Cancellation 2?02/03/2021
Last enrolment27/02/2021
Withdraw – Financial?07/03/2021
Withdraw – Academic?14/03/2021
Teaching census?06/03/2021
Non-Standard Offering
Enrolment opens21/03/2021
Semester start17/05/2021
Subject start17/05/2021
Cancellation 1?25/05/2021
Cancellation 2?26/05/2021
Last enrolment23/05/2021
Withdraw – Financial?01/06/2021
Withdraw – Academic?10/06/2021
Teaching census?31/05/2021