Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 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
Organisational UnitDepartment of Physiotherapy
OfferedPeninsula First semester 2014 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2014 (Day)
Peninsula Summer semester B 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Kristin Lo


PTY4281 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.
During this unit, students undertake an initial clinical elective attachment of 5 weeks duration .This provides the opportunity to apply and expand integrated knowledge and skills from previous learning in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy to patient care in various health care consumers in a diverse range of health care related settings. Students are expected to spend 34 hours per week during clinical education in health service or elective placement facilities with additional self-directed study hours. Additional study time will be required for completion of self-directed assessment tasks.


There are 35 specific objectives for the year four clinical units which address the five themes outlined in the unit synopsis.


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.
Students will also be expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner towards staff and clinical educators (Professional conduct hurdle).Students must submit valid police check, WWC check, first aid certificate and annual CPR update documents to be signed off by administrative staff by the Wednesday prior to the first scheduled clinical placement in order to participate in clinical placements.
Achieve a pass in all summative tasks (Hurdle)
Attendance and Participation in clinical education (Hurdle)
Summative and hurdle assessment:
AT4: Clinician evaluation using APP assessment tool (Hurdle and summative task 100%)

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Workload requirements

PTY4281 comprises five off-campus weeks in health service or elective placement facilities for education. Students are expected to spend 34 hours per week during clinical education in health service or elective placement facilities. Additional self directed study time is allocated in this unit for completion of self-directed assessment tasks including learning and reflection related to experiences in delivery of physiotherapy services.

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


PTY1011, PTY1022, PTY2031, PTY2042, PTY3051, PTY3162, PTY 3262, PTY 3362, PTY3462.


Only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy

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