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PHTY71-408: 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 opportunities for students to develop effective communication skills and an empathic, client-centred approach to the management of clients. Clinical educators will facilitate students' learning about the practical clinical environment: how to work effectively in a health care team, how to examine, diagnose, plan and deliver the treatment and management of clients, and how to manage the various roles and responsibilities of a physiotherapist in the clinical practice environment. The emphasis of the clinical experience will be on one or a combination of: Inpatient or outpatient clients with cardiorespiratory disorders; inpatient or outpatient clients with orthopaedic and musculoskeletal disorders of all regions; or inpatient or outpatient clients with neurological or age-related disorders. An evidence-based approach will form the basis for this subject. Students will be provided with 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

Type: Postgraduate Subject
Code: PHTY71-408
EFTSL: 0.125
Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine
Semesters offered:
  • May 2022 [Non-Standard Offering]
  • September 2022 [Non-Standard Offering]
  • January 2023 [Standard Offering]
  • May 2023 [Non-Standard Offering]
Credit: 10
Study areas:
  • Health, Biomedical, and Sport Sciences
Subject fees:
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,720.00
  • Commencing in 2023: $5,870.00
  • Commencing in 2022: $6,160.00
  • Commencing in 2023: $6,320.00

Learning outcomes

  1. Practise professionally and ethically in accordance with relevant legal and regulatory requirements including documentation.
  2. 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.
  3. Communicate effectively in a culturally appropriate manner and operate as an effective team member with clients, families and the healthcare team.
  4. 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 an understanding of the roles of the physiotherapist in the clinical practice setting and the roles of other stakeholders involved in client care.
  10. 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.

Enrolment requirements




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. PHTY91-409 Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy PHTY92-415 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy II PHTY92-416 Neurological Physiotherapy

Restrictions: This subject is not available to
  • 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 dates

  • Non-Standard Offering
    Enrolment opens: 20/03/2022
    Semester start: 16/05/2022
    Subject start: 09/05/2022
    Cancellation 1: 25/05/2022
    Cancellation 2: 29/05/2022
    Last enrolment: 23/05/2022
    Withdraw - Financial: 10/06/2022
    Withdraw - Academic: 30/06/2022
    Teaching census: 09/06/2022
  • Non-Standard Offering
    Enrolment opens: 17/07/2022
    Semester start: 26/09/2022
    Subject start: 26/09/2022
    Cancellation 1: 02/10/2022
    Cancellation 2: 03/10/2022
    Last enrolment: 30/09/2022
    Withdraw - Financial: 07/10/2022
    Withdraw - Academic: 13/10/2022
    Teaching census: 06/10/2022
  • Standard Offering
    Enrolment opens: 13/11/2022
    Semester start: 16/01/2023
    Subject start: 16/01/2023
    Cancellation 1: 30/01/2023
    Cancellation 2: 06/02/2023
    Last enrolment: 29/01/2023
    Withdraw - Financial: 11/02/2023
    Withdraw - Academic: 04/03/2023
    Teaching census: 10/02/2023
  • Non-Standard Offering
    Enrolment opens: 19/03/2023
    Semester start: 12/06/2023
    Subject start: 12/06/2023
    Cancellation 1: 18/06/2023
    Cancellation 2: 19/06/2023
    Last enrolment: 16/06/2023
    Withdraw - Financial: 23/06/2023
    Withdraw - Academic: 29/06/2023
    Teaching census: 22/06/2023
Non-Standard Offering
Enrolment opens: 20/03/2022
Semester start: 16/05/2022
Subject start: 09/05/2022
Cancellation 1: 25/05/2022
Cancellation 2: 29/05/2022
Last enrolment: 23/05/2022
Withdraw - Financial: 10/06/2022
Withdraw - Academic: 30/06/2022
Teaching census: 09/06/2022