PTY5105 - Advanced physiotherapy clinical skills and project - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Physiotherapy

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Prue Morgan


Dr. Adrienne Harvey

Unit guides




MAP5003, PTY5100, and any two of PTY5101, PTY5102, PTY5104.


Must be enrolled in course M60011, M60013.


Students must submit valid preclinical documentation, as listed in the course handbook, to Administration staff by the deadline specified and communicated to students. Failure to submit these mandatory documents may result in students being unable to complete the course.


This final unit will allow consolidation of advanced clinical practice. Skills in critical decision-making and clinical reasoning ability for the management of complex conditions will be emphasised.

Problem solving and advanced clinical skills within the context of client or family-centred practice will be explored.

Learning will be experienced in the online classroom environment with individually tailored clinical experiences.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify key performance characteristics of an advanced practice physiotherapist
  2. Interpret and relate theories supporting the physiotherapy management of relevant conditions.
  3. critically evaluate the evidence underpinning relevant physiotherapy practice, including identification of levels of evidence, systematic and narrative reviews
  4. demonstrate knowledge of multidisciplinary management in the context of client and/or family centred practice
  5. formulate and answer a clinical question exploring an issue in advanced physiotherapy practice
  6. develop and evaluate an intervention to address an issue in advanced physiotherapy practice
  7. Contribute and guide verbal and written discussion of individualised patient issues, with an advanced level of clinical reasoning
  8. communicate effectively and supportively with the multidisciplinary team, patient and family/carers, both written and verbally


  • Professional portfolio (1,000 words) (10%)
  • Clinical practice journal (2,000 words) (25%)
  • Clinical evidence review activity (2,000 words) (25%)
  • Clinical project report (2500-3000 words) plus poster (400 - 600 words) (40%) (Hurdle)
  • Contribution to 4 x discussion boards (Hurdle)
  • Attendance requirement (individualised clinical experience; >80%) (Hurdle)

Workload requirements

Approximately 12 hours per week of interaction with online lectures and course material, completion of assessment tasks and participation in online communications with other students and tutor, plus an equal amount of self-directed study time. An additional up to 5 days of individualised clinical experience will be scheduled.

See also Unit timetable information

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Paediatric physiotherapy