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PHTY93-424: Diversity and Life Stage Clinical Practice


In this five week, full time (38-40 hours per week) clinical subject, students will be given the opportunity to choose whether they wish to complete a diversity OR life stage clinical subject, and within this choice the type of client population with whom they would prefer to be placed. Wherever possible these preferences will be accommodated, particularly if the request augments previous clinical placement experiences. The purpose of this clinical subject is to enable students to appreciate a range of clients from diverse fields of practice or specific life stages: the placement will enable experience with clients who have special needs and /or require a multi-system approach due to diversity or stage of life characteristics, or with those from a niche field of practice or setting. Clinical educators will facilitate the students learning about the practical clinical environment; how to work effectively in a health care team; how to examine, diagnose and plan treatment and management. The emphasis will be on clients with needs associated with diversity, stage of life or a specific practice setting. An evidence-based approach will form the basis for this subject.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences & Medicine
Study areas
  • Health Sciences
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2020: $5,460

Learning outcomes

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 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.
9. Demonstrate leadership and advocacy skills in the management of clients and their family, care givers and support networks.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.

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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.

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