Clinical Physiotherapy 4 G (11557.1)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| Internship
|| Bruce, Canberra
|0.125||3||Faculty Of Health|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|Discipline Of Physiotherapy||Graduate Level|| Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesAfter 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 proficient and sensitive skills in clinical communication;
3. Independently perform a comprehensive clinical assessment using appropriate and valid tools;
4. Independently analyse assessment findings to identify the patient's problems in context of current research, and to set treatment goals targeting both primary and secondary problems amenable to physiotherapy;
5. Independently select and apply effective and holistic treatment based on patient goals, including appropriate interventions for secondary problems;
6. Demonstrate proficient 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. Think critically and demonstrate in-depth insight into decisions in health care systems from an ethical, resource, and scientific perspective.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
2. UC graduates are global citizens - understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures
The purpose of this unit is to provide an introduction to the application of foundation physiotherapy skills within a clinical setting. Students will be required to perform subjective and objective assessments specific to each patient. Analysis of the assessment findings, development and implementation of interventions (including discharge planning and interprofessional involvement) and application of outcome measures should occur in consultation with the Clinical Educator. Assessment, interpretation, intervention and re-assessment skills are graded according to the APP.
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.
PrerequisitesMust have passed 36 credit points in the Master of Physiotherapy course, including the following units:
11553 Applied Physiotherapy Skills PG AND
6456 Neurological Interventions 2 PG AND
11551 Physiotherapy Across the Lifespan PG AND
9594 Epidemiology and principles of research AND
6486 Research Planning PG
CorequisitesThis unit is only available to students enrolled in 768AA Master of Physiotherapy.
Assumed knowledgeAll physiotherapy skills and theory taught in previous three semesters.
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2023||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 1||06 February 2023||Internship||Dr Irmina Nahon|
|2024||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 1||05 February 2024||Internship||Dr Irmina Nahon|
There is no prescribed textbook for this Unit of study. It is advised that you revise all suitable material from pre-requisite Units of Study and any additional revision requested by
your specific clinical site. Please see Canvas for required resources as they vary between clinical sites.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
As the Clinical Log and the Reflective Journal need to be done concurrently with the placement, late submissions will not be accepted. Both tasks are to be completed on Smartabase.
Special assessment requirements
To pass the unit, students must pass the clinical placement, and attempt the clinical logs and reflection journal.
This unit is in the final semester of the course, and a supplementary assessment will be available as per the university's policy. All previous clinical placement units must be sussefully completed. The supplementary assessment will consist of a 5 week placement with clincial log and reflection journal. 4 successfully completed placements are required for registration as a physiotherapist.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
Moderation of assessment
The University of Canberra’s policies on moderation apply to all physiotherapy units. The standard of assessment in this unit will be equivalent wherever and however the unit is delivered.
Assessment will be moderated to ensure that judgments of students’ performance are consistent, transparent, reliable and valid. The moderation policy can be provided by the Unit Convenor upon request. In the case of clinical placements, fieldwork, or other forms of practicums, moderation processes are outlined below.
Clinical moderation may take a number of different forms:
The APP form was developed to help physiotherapy clinical educators to be consistent when assessing students. Workshops training Clinical Educators to apply the APP are held at the university regularly to standardise its application. The APP has been validated and tested across Australia and New Zealand for this purpose.
Workshops for clinical educators are held several times per year. Both formal and informal moderation may occur at these workshops.
Reviewing student performance
A member of academic staff (either the clinical coordinator, unit convenor or their representative) will moderate the APP assessment result or professional behaviour issues (as relevant). The academic staff member may interview the student, interview the clinical educator or other clinical staff involved, review medical records, review clinical reasoning notes made by the student, review a range of feedback provided by the clinical educator, review any documentation provided by the clinical educator or the student. Interviews may take place by any communication method (face to face, phone or skype for example). Communication may be by any communication method (face to face, phone or email for example).
The final decision to pass of fail a student on clinical placement is the responsibility of the academic staff at the university, not the clinical supervisor on site. However, the Clinical Coordinator will draw from the APP results in the first instance for assessment results and implement appropriate moderation procedures according to that.
The amount of time you will need to spend on study in this unit will depend on a number of factors including your prior knowledge, learning skill level and learning style. While out on placement the assumption is made that students will be at the clinical site full time, as per the hours of the site. Please reference the faculty and physiotherapy clinical placement handbooks for more details.
This Unit contains participatory elements which are vital to the Australian Physiotherapy Council professional learning outcomes for this Unit. Except in the case of extenuating circumstances, 100% participation is required in the clinical placement.
The successful completion of the clinical placement is a mandatory element of the Unit.
It is expected that students unable to fulfil these participation requirements will inform the Unit Convener as soon as practical by email.
Inclusion and engagement
Work-integrated learning (clinical) placements take place in hospital, community and private practice settings. Arrangements that can be put in place in these locations may not reflect arrangements available in the university.
Students are expected to attend placements that are both local, interstate and rural. Travel and accomodation costs are at the students' own expence. All students will be travelling for some of their 4 placements.
Participation in each placement is 5 days per week for 5 weeks. Part time placement are not available. Full attendence is required for accreditation and successful completion of the unit. If unable to attend, students must advise their Clinical Educator and Unit Convenor with an appropriate medical certificate.
Placements will be outside the ACT and around Australia.
The successful completion of the clinical placement is a mandatory element of the Unit and the assessment of the Unit.
It is expected that students unable to fulfil these participation requirements will inform the Clinical Convenor as soon as practical by email.
Absence from a Clinical Placement
Absence from external placement activities must be reported to the clinical educator on site and clinical coordinator at UC. Failure to adhere to these requirements may result in failure of the associated assessment piece.
Consideration will be given for illness, however evidence such as a medical certificate will be required.
Required IT skills
The use of Canvas, library searching skills, and word processing, and electronic presentation skills are necessary for this unit. If you are unfamiliar with these, please access help via the library services.
Cost associated with a clinical placement:
- Travel to practical and work integrated learning (clinical education) locations
- Accommodation costs at interstate placements
- uniform related costs and uniform maintenance
Some sites, such as Canberra Hospital, require students to pay a cash deposit to obtain a (compulsory) ID card. This money is fully refundable on return of the ID on the last day of
Scholarships may be available. See Physiotherapy WIL Canvas for details
Work placement, internships or practicums
This unit involves a 5 week clinical placement. Students must adhere to University policy during WIL experiences, including the Student Conduct Rules 2018, the WIL Policy and WIL Procedure, and the Assessment Policy and Assessment Procedure.
Contact your unit convener if you have any concerns with meeting the requirements of this unit.
Visiting clinical sites and work integrated learning is an essential part of the University of Canberra physiotherapy programs. This experience enables knowledge to be embedded in a clinical context with the assistance of trained clinical supervisors, and cannot be attained in any other setting. The control of access to work-integrated learning facilities derives from contractual arrangements with ACT Health, NSW Health and other hospitals, centres and practices. University of Canberra is obliged to accept the rules and regulations that govern who they will accept into those premises.
It is beyond University of Canberra's control to influence the health facilities to change their acceptability requirements.
a. UC pre-placement requirements – e.g. vaccines, manual handling, police checks etc.
As part of this unit, students are required to undertake professional placement. Students must complete their pre-placement requirements before being able to undertake professional placement. Pre-placement requirements are to be uploaded to InPlace. After these requirements are completed (uploaded to InPlace and verified (green status)), students will be allocated to their Professional Placements as required by their course of study. Pre-placement requirements are located at: www.canberra.edu.au/placement (http://www.canberra.edu.au/placement). Further information can be found in the WIL guidelines found on that page.
This unit has pre-placement requirements (e.g. Working with Vulnerable People registration, immunisations, recording of relevant details in InPlace etc), which must be completed prior to allocation to your placement; refer to Placement Requirements.
Student who have not met pre-placement requirements by the specified due date will not be allocated a placement. This will result in a fail grade for the unit.
b. Industry mandatory pre-placement requirements (e.g. ACT Health & NSW e-learning modules etc.)
Some practice placement industry partners require students to complete further mandatory pre-placement requirements such as learning packages, prior to the commencing placement. Students will receive specific instructions on what Industry mandatory pre-placement requirements are required to be completed and how to upload certificates of completion. A due date will be set by the industry partner. Students are to complete the Industry mandatory pre-placement requirements and submit completion evidence as per the instructions of the specific industry partner by the due date.
Failure to complete mandatory industry partner pre-placement requirements by the due date will result in the practice placement being cancelled. This will result in a fail grade for the unit.
Police Checks and access to Work-integrated learning (Clinical) Placements
All of the external agencies require a police check prior to permitting a student to undertake work integrated learning (clinical) placement; and the results of the police check may be used as a basis to refuse access to a clinical placement at the external agency. This decision is solely at the discretion of the external agency.
Students unable to gain access to a work-integrated (clinical) placement at agencies approved by the University are unable to complete the mandatory requirements of the Unit. In this case the student will receive a NC (fail) grade and will not be eligible for a refund of any fees.
If the successful completion of a Unit is a mandatory requirement for the completion of a Course, an inability to complete the Unit means the student is unable to complete the requirements of the Course.
Students should note that the external agency reserves the right to withdraw access to a clinical placement at any time prior to or during a placement at the sole discretion of the agency. In these circumstances the same implications noted above will apply.
Students also need to note that they bear the full risk in relation to loss of access to clinical placements and the University will not be liable if an agency withdraws access to a clinical placement because of the actions or omissions of a student.
Privacy and confidentiality
As part of its partnership arrangements with Health Agencies, the Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra is aware of the issue of confidentiality of information gained from authentic field experiences. Students are expected to analyse their experiences from the field as part of their academic study. In order to support learning while protecting confidentiality of information, a privacy procedure has been developed. Please access at the WIL Canvas site.
Working with Vulnerable People
Clinical placements, visits to children's facilities, children's sports, residential aged care and other aged care facilities, require the student to be carrying on their person a current and valid "Working with Vulnerable People Card". This can be obtained from Canberra Connect shopfronts. You can commence the application online, but must attend the shopfront to complete it. For students, this is free.
Mandatory notification and physiotherapy student registration
Under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2020, physiotherapy practitioners (registered physiotherapists) and education providers have an obligation to report ‘notifiable conduct', to the Physiotherapy Board of Australia in order to prevent the public being placed at risk of harm.
Education providers are also required, under s.143 of the National Law, to make mandatory notifications in relation to students, if the provider reasonably believes:
(a) a student enrolled in a program of study provided by the provider has an impairment that, in the course of the student undertaking clinical training as part of the program of study, may place the public at substantial risk of harm; or
(b) a student for whom the education provider has arranged clinical training has an impairment that, in the course of the student undertaking the clinical training, may place the public at substantial risk of harm
Practitioners are required to make a mandatory notification in relation to a student if the practitioner reasonably believes that a student has an impairment that, in the course of the student undertaking clinical training, may place the public at substantial risk of harm.
All concerns raised within the Discipline of Physiotherapy or by clinical supervisors or preceptors will be reviewed by the Head of Discipline and the Course Convener before any reporting action is taken.
These professional obligations are taken seriously by staff and the University.
Students should be aware of their obligations under student registration. For further information, please refer to the following websites:
- Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority
- Physiotherapy Board of Australia, Occupational Health and Safety
Occupational Health and Safety
The following applies to all placements, tutorials and practicums:
Pre- existing conditions
Students are advised that the same warnings given to patients apply to students undertaking this course e.g. where a pre-existing condition(s) may be affected by any activity on the placement, the student is responsible to advise the clinical educator or relevant teaching staff. Please also note the inherent requirements (http://www.canberra.edu.au/currentstudents/canberra-students/student-support/inclusion-engagement/inherent-requirements) for physiotherapy.
Physiotherapy work requires manual handling. You will be taught the correct way to perform manual handling and should use the principles at all times to prevent injury to yourself or your client. If you have any injury that may affect your capacity to perform manual handling skills you are required to notify the unit convener before the commencement of the placement. If you obtain a new injury during the placement that may affect your capacity to perform manual handling skills you are required to notify the clinical coordinator as soon as practical. In the event of an injury being sustained during the placement you are also required to notify the clinical coordinator within 24 hours of the event and complete a UC incident form (https://www.canberra.edu.au/about-uc/report-a-hazard-or-incident).
Mobile phones must be switched to silent mode or left in lockers while on placement. No cameras or videos are to be used on wards. Any person taking a picture of another student, a patient, a staff member, a member of the public, patient notes or other patient related material without permission will be requested to leave the placement and the images will be confiscated and deleted. They will also be suspended from placement and asked to meet with the ADE.
In the course of studying physiotherapy students may be exposed to clinical cases and situations that may be stressful. At UC a free Counselling Service is available for all students. All sessions are confidential. The UC Counselling Service is located in the UC Health and Counselling Centre on Level B in Building 1. For more information please go to http://www.canberra.edu.au/health-counselling (http://www.canberra.edu.au/health-counselling)