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PTY3062 - Physiotherapy 6

24 points, SCA Band 2, 0.500 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Dr Elizabeth Molloy


Peninsula Second semester 2007 (Day)


PTY3062 continues to develop the five themes upon which the four year curriculum is based. These are Theme 1 Personal and Professional Development; Theme 2 Population, Society and Health; Theme 3 Fundamental Knowledge of Health Science; Theme 4 Applied Practice; and Theme 5 Research. Problem based learning (PBL) is the cornerstone for integration of the different themes within the course. Students undertake an extended clinical attachment (15 weeks) during this unit, providing them the opportunity to apply integrated knowledge and skills from previous learning in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy to patient care in subacute and community settings.


On completion of this unit it is expected students will be able to:
THEME 1: Personal & Professional Development

  1. communicate effectively and appropriately with clients, caregivers, supervisors and professional colleagues;
  2. document physiotherapy interventions accurately and succinctly;
  3. identify student rights and responsibilities, clinician rights and responsibilities and rights and responsibilities of people who seek health care;
  4. review supervision issues and personal learning strategies for effective participation in the clinical affiliation;
  5. demonstrate commitment to learning;
  6. list organizational factors that impact on clinical practice;
  7. demonstrate teamwork;
  8. demonstrate practice that is ethical and in accordance with relevant legal and regulatory requirements;
  9. identify adverse events and near misses and minimises risk associated with assessment and interventions;
  10. discuss quality assurance practices to maintain high standards of health service delivery; 1
    1. develop a discharge plan appropriate to client needs and workplace resources;
THEME 2: Population, Society & Health
12. Identify the need for prevention and education programs appropriate to a clinical attachment; 13. where relevant, assist in the development of appropriate physiotherapy strategies to promote health within the community; 14. plan, implement and evaluate an individualised education program; 15. list the principles involved in the development of health promotion material appropriate to a specific client population;
THEME 3: Fundamental Knowledge in Health Science
16. review principles of healing related to the management of burns in paediatric and adult populations, hand therapy and plastic surgery; 17. describe the role of physiotherapy in the management of people following burns, plastic surgery and reconstructive surgery of the hand; 18. explore management options for people following burns, plastic surgery. hand surgery and organ transplants; 19. review the management of organ transplants for people with complex medical conditions;
THEME 4: Applied Practice
  • conduct appropriate patient interviews (subjective assessment); 2
    1. select appropriate methods for measurement of relevant health indicators;
    2. perform appropriate assessment procedures (objective assessment);
    3. interpret assessment findings according to accepted clinical guidelines;
    4. collaborate with patient/carer to select appropriate intervention;
    5. progress intervention appropriately;
    6. perform treatments appropriately;
    7. monitor the effect of intervention;
    8. undertake discharge planning;
    9. describe strategies for educating individuals and groups;

    THEME 5: Research
  • present a summary of the appraisal of a clinical practice guideline to clinicians or students during clinical placement; 3
    1. submit the appraisal of the guideline based on the recommendations of AGREE statement.


    Formative assessments: Formative assessments of clinical performance in each major study area of physiotherapy clinical education will be scheduled at the half way point of each study area of the clinical affiliation and at other subsequent times. The student must submit a self assessment form midway and at the end of each major study area while on clinical placement. All clinical assessment processes will use the same assessment tool.

    Summative assessments: Clinical assessment (based on assessment and changes in performance over the 15 week clinical education period) 60%;Verbal Case presentation (within clinical attachment) 10 %;Reflective Essay 15%; Online Case Based Learning Task 5%, Written Examination 10%.

    Students must obtain a minimum of 50% in the clinical assessment, and a pass in each major study area, to progress into fourth year. Decisions about appropriate procedures for students who do not meet this requirement will be made by the Year 3/4 Level Committee which includes representation of the clinical partners.

    Hurdle requirements: Attendance and participation in PBL sessions; completion Learning Needs Form at the beginning and completion of each major area of study; completion of clinical log; students are required to attend 80% clinical placement; pass in each clinical major study area; minimum of 50% clinical assessment.

    Contact hours

    PTY3062 comprises three campus based weeks, and fifteen off campus (clinical attachments). On campus (Weeks 1, 17 & 18) there will be approximately 17 hours per week contact teaching. A campus based learning week will consist of approximately 5-8 hours of lectures; 4 hours of CBL tutorials; and 4-6 hours of physiotherapy practical sessions, master classes and tutorials. For every formal teaching contact hour, students are expected to complete a minimum 2.5 additional hours self directed learning related to content, tasks and further reading as described in the PTY3062 Unit Guide and Practical Manual. Students will spend 34 hours per week in their clinical attachments (Weeks 2-16).




    Only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy.