This is a clinical subject designed to provide opportunity for students to develop effective communication skills and an empathic and client-centered approach in the management of outpatient musculoskeletal clients. Clients across the lifespan will be considered wherever appropriate. Clinical educators will facilitate the 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 outpatient clients with relatively straightforward musculoskeletal disorders of all regions, as well as clients with orthopaedic and chronic pain disorders. 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 subject.
|Faculty||Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine|
1. Demonstrate professional and ethical practice in accordance with relevant legal and regulatory requirements including the composition of documentation.
2. 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.
3. Demonstrate an ability to 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. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
There are no co-requisites.
This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.
Future offerings not yet planned.