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PHTY93-425: Clinical Internship January 2020 [Situated]

General information

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.


Academic unit:Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine
Subject code:PHTY93-425
Subject title:Clinical Internship
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:January 2020
Credit points:20

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Clinical: x6 (Total hours: 240) - Clinical Internship
  • Personal Study Hours: x36 (Total hours: 30) - Recommended study hours
Attendance and learning activities: Students will attend an allocated clinical facility for the equivalent of six weeks, full-time. Allocated clinical facilities have formal agreements with Bond University and therefore there is no ability for students to source their own clinical placement. Attendance at all scheduled clinic hours is compulsory. Students must not plan leave without prior approval. Students are expected to take a significant level of responsibility for their own learning. Students are encouraged throughout the subject to take the initiative to identify, apply and integrate material from other subjects and other sources to the present clinical learning environment. Students must, however, be aware of their legal and ethical responsibilities and must communicate frequently and effectively with the clinical educator who is responsible for them. Student roles and responsibilities that should be followed while on the clinical unit are detailed in the Clinical Education Handbook. Bond University forwarded your name to AHPRA in your first semester of enrolment, stating that you are a current physiotherapy student undertaking the DPhty Program. This means that you are now being educated within the legal framework for practice as a physiotherapy student, and that you are aware of, and have embraced the professional behaviour and attitudes required of all health professionals. It is essential to embrace the Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPhty) Program Charter that you signed at the start of the DPhty Program. Professional behaviour and appropriate professional attitudes must be evident in all clinical learning activities and can be grounds for disciplinary action, including failure in this subject, if you do not embrace these expectations of the physiotherapy profession. (Please refer to the DPhty Program Charter for details).   There are four elements of professional behaviour that need to be evident and will be monitored in all learning activities: i) Respect – demonstrated through your attitude to academic staff, your patients, your clinical educators and the broader health care team ii) Responsibility – demonstrated in the clinical setting by: o being punctual and implement appropriate actions if you are late (refer to the DPhty Clinical Education Manual) o speak to your clinical educator directly when you are unwell and cannot attend your clinical placement to ensure that a detailed patient handover is given. Please also notify the subject convenor or academic clinical support staff. o obtain a medical certificate (when absent for 2 or more days) and submit to subject convenor o actively participate in all learning and clinical activities to make maximal use of the learning environment o show initiative by preparing / planning for each clinical session while ensuring appropriate approvals are gained before implementing the planned activities o be accountable for your behaviours and actions o seek approved absences, should circumstances arise that would cause you to be absent from your clinical setting iii) Communication – demonstrated through your verbal and non-verbal behaviour when communicating with academic staff, your patients, your clinical educators and the broader health care team iv) Self-awareness and capacity to reflect and self-evaluate abilities and limitations and recognise growth / readiness to be a health professional These attributes and professional behaviours underpin many professional qualities. Your educators will use the APP Instrument to assess your professional behaviour / communication and to provide you with formative feedback as required. *Please refer to the DPhty Program Charter for details of the requirement to complete the appropriate ‘Leave of Absence Form’ to have any planned or unplanned absences approved. Should you breach these guidelines then your educators will consult with the subject convenor / Head of Program. The Head of Program may: • Implement a mentoring program • Give an informal warning • Refer to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Service Quality (ADSA) for review and attention The outcomes of these steps may result in: • An informal warning and monitor progress • A formal warning • Grade penalties (Marks which could impact on Grades) • Referral to the Dean / Faculty for disciplinary procedures


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Enrolment requirements

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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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At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  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.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Reflective Essay Students must investigate the roles, responsibilities and performance targets of new-graduate physiotherapists at their internship workplace. Students must map their findings to the Physiotherapy Practice Thresholds and set four development goals to be achieved by the end of the internship. These goals should aim to work towards achieving new-graduate performance targets. At the end of the internship students must discuss their final week performance as it compares with the roles and responsibilities of a new graduate physiotherapist. 20% Week 7 1, 2, 12, 13.
Workplace Performance Report ^ Assessment of Physiotherapy Practice - APP - Clinical Educators will assess student's performance using the APP instrument 70% In Consultation 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13.
Seminar Presentation An evidenced based seminar (In-service) - topic to be approved and marked by the clinical educators 10% In Consultation 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.

Pass requirement

Students must achieve a minimum of 50% overall and a passing standard on their End-Unit APP. In order to achieve a passing standard on the APP, they must meet the following criteria: • A minimum score of 50% overall on the APP • A minimum score of 50% in each of the combined domains of the APP: Professional Behaviour + Communication; Assessment + Analysis and Planning + Intervention + Evidence-based Practice + Risk Management. • A score of ‘adequate’ or higher on the Global Rating Scale. A student who does not meet the above criteria will be deemed to have failed the clinical placement subject and may be offered a Resit Examination (as per the DPHTY Rules of Progression) or will be required to repeat the placement.

  • ^ Students must pass this assessment to pass the subject
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

A detailed curriculum has not been published for this subject.
Approved on: Nov 7, 2019. Edition: 1.5
Last updated: Aug 12, 2020.