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Clinical Physiotherapy 1 (11536.1)

Level: Level 4 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Physiotherapy



This unit involves clinical placement which will give students the opportunity to learn and demonstrate competency in the generic skills and attributes of physiotherapy professionals as well as the specific clinical skills across the core areas of physiotherapy in managing clients across the lifespan in a range of environments and settings. Students will apply the theory, understanding and skills of the past years study to the clinical practice of physiotherapy. Students will be placed in clinical environments, including but not limited to public, private, acute care, rehabilitation or community health care settings. Students will begin to develop independent clinical practice, while still under close supervision.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate consistent professional behaviour, including understanding of patients' rights, good teamwork and commitment to learning;

2. Communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, in the clinical context demonstrating emerging skills in clinical communication;

3. Perform a simple clinical assessment using appropriate and valid tools;

4. Analyse assessment findings to identify the patient's main problem in context of current research, and to set basic treatment goals;

5. Select and apply effective treatment based on patient goals based on the patient's main problem;

6. Demonstrate emerging skills in the ability to reflect 'in practice' and 'on practice' and reflect on the learning journey;

7. Identify and minimise risks in the healthcare context; and

8. Begin to think critically and demonstrate some insight into decisions in health care systems from an ethical, resource, and scientific perspective.

Contact Hours

Clinical placement in a health care setting - 187.5 hours.


Must have passed 72 credit points in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy course, including the following units:
11541 Applied Physiotherapy Skills AND
8983 Neurological Interventions 2 AND
11539 Physiotherapy Across the Lifespan



Assumed Knowledge

All physiotherapy skills and theory taught in 1-3rd year.

Incompatible Units


Equivalent Units

8985 Clinical Physiotherapy

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