Skip to main content
Start of main content.

PHTY73-420: Physiotherapy: Clinical Internship


This subject is designed to enable the graduate to be “work ready” at the completion of the Doctor of Physiotherapy Program. Students will be located in a clinical facility for the equivalent of 6 weeks full time (38-40 hours per week). Students will aim to achieve a greater level of autonomy in clinical decision making and holistic care of clients, with opportunities to communicate effectively with clients, their families and carers, and the broader healthcare team. Students must display high standards of professional, legal and ethical conduct. Students will have the opportunity to work with clients with more complex presentations across the lifespan as appropriate. This clinical practice experience 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

Type: Postgraduate Subject
Code: PHTY73-420
Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine
Credit: 10
Study areas:
  • Health, Biomedical, and Sport Sciences

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 leadership and advocacy skills in the management of clients and their family, care givers and support networks.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of the new graduate physiotherapist in the clinical setting, and the roles of other stakeholders involved in client care.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Demonstrate professional and ethical practice in accordance with relevant legal and regulatory requirements including the composition of documentation.
  7. Demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively in a culturally appropriate manner and operate as an effective team member with clients, families and the healthcare team.
  8. Demonstrate an ability to collect appropriate information from the client, formulate a preliminary hypothesis and design and safely conduct an assessment.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.

Enrolment requirements




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 PHTY92-423 Physiotherapy Clinical Practice Unit 4 PHTY92-424 Physiotherapy Clinical Practice Unit 5 PHTY93-428 Physiotherapy Clinical Practice Unit 6

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.