Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedPeninsula Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Stephen Maloney


PTY3362 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. Clinical practice provides the opportunities for integration of the different themes within the course. Students undertake a clinical attachment (5 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 acute, subacute and community settings.


On completion of this unit it is expected students will be able to:

THEME 1: Personal & Professional Development:

  • communicate effectively and appropriately with clients, caregivers, supervisors and professional colleagues;
  • document physiotherapy interventions accurately and succinctly;
  • identify student rights and responsibilities, clinician rights and responsibilities and rights and responsibilities of people who seek health care;
  • review supervision issues and personal learning strategies for effective participation in the clinical affiliation;
  • demonstrate commitment to learning;
  • list organizational factors that impact on clinical practice;
  • demonstrate teamwork;
  • demonstrate practice that is ethical and in accordance with relevant legal and regulatory requirements;
  • identify adverse events and near misses and minimises risk associated with assessment and interventions;
  • discuss quality assurance practices to maintain high standards of health service delivery;
  • develop a discharge plan appropriate to client needs and workplace resources;

THEME 2: Population, Society & Health:
  • identify the need for prevention and education programs appropriate to a clinical attachment;
  • where relevant, assist in the development of appropriate physiotherapy strategies to promote health within the community;
  • plan, implement and evaluate an individualised education program;
  • list the principles involved in the development of health promotion material appropriate to a specific client population;

THEME 3: Fundamental Knowledge in Health Science

THEME 4: Applied Practice:
  • conduct appropriate patient interviews (subjective assessment);
  • select appropriate methods for measurement of relevant health indicators;
  • perform appropriate assessment procedures (objective assessment);
  • interpret assessment findings according to accepted clinical guidelines;
  • collaborate with patient/carer to select appropriate intervention;
  • progress intervention appropriately;
  • perform treatments appropriately;
  • monitor the effect of intervention;
  • undertake discharge planning;
  • describe strategies for educating individuals and groups;

THEME 5: Research


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 Assessment of Physiotherapy Practice instrument.
Summative assessments: Clinical assessment (based on assessment and changes in performance over the 5 week clinical education period) 100%; Students must obtain a pass in each major clinical study area, to progress into a fourth year unit. 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: Professional conduct: Students are required to demonstrate professional behaviour in communication (written or verbal) with department staff and clinical educators in order to pass the unit.
Professional conduct within the unit, completion of Learning Needs Form at the beginning and completion of each clinic; completion of clinical log, self-evaluation with teh APP; pass in each clinical major study area; achieve an overall score of 50% on each of the sum of Items 1-6 (inclusive) and Items 7-20 (inclusive) by Clinician Evaluation using the APP tool for each clinical major study area, and evidence that application has been made for a police check (and working with children check if required).

To reflect everyday workplace practices, and in recognition of the importance of optimizing education in limited clinical placement hours, students are required to achieve 100% clinical attendance. Exceptions will be considered in cases of explained absence through illness, compassionate leave or a pre-arranged agreement with the University and health service facility.

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Stephen Maloney

Contact hours

PTY3262 comprises five off campus (clinical attachment) weeks. Students will spend 34 hours per week in their clinical attachment.


PTY1011, PTY1022, PTY2031, PTY2042, PTY3051


Only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy.