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PHTY900 – Advanced Clinical Physiotherapy Placement

2017 – S1 Placement

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Clinical Educator
Angela Stark
Contact via angela.stark@mq.edu.au
75 Talavera Rd
Student consultation by appointment via email
Clinical Educator
Jacque North
Contact via jacque.north@mq.edu.au
75 Talavera Rd
Student consultation by appointment via email
Clinical Educator
Tim Foulcher
Contact via tim.foulcher@mq.edu.au
75 Talavera Rd
Student consultation by appointment via email
Credit points Credit points
4
Prerequisites Prerequisites
PHTY812 and PHTY813 and PHTY814 and PHTY815 and PHTY817
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
This unit involves a five week full-time or equivalent part-time physiotherapy placement. Students will be able to preference the type of setting or area of physiotherapy practice. Students will be required to demonstrate competence in specific clinical skills as well as the generic skills and attributes of physiotherapy professionals. Students will be expected to exceed the standards expected of entry-level physiotherapists in some aspects of their clinical performance.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at http://students.mq.edu.au/student_admin/enrolmentguide/academicdates/

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour for an entry-level physiotherapy practitioner.
  2. Demonstrate advanced skills in effective and appropriate communication when interacting with clients, clinical educators and other health professionals
  3. Plan and conduct assessments of clients including a comprehensive history and physical examination at a level exceeding entry-level standards.
  4. Analyse assessment findings to form a diagnosis and/or a prioritised list of problems in impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions
  5. Develop and implement safe and effective person-centred physiotherapy plans that address the clients’ goals, utilise evidence-based treatment and are evaluated using appropriate outcome measures, at a level exceeding entry level standards.
  6. Demonstrate appropriate and effective progression of the intervention based on reassessment findings and sound clinical reasoning
  7. Access, interpret and apply information independently to continuously improve practice.
  8. Demonstrate safe practice with identification of adverse events/near misses and minimisation of risk associated with physiotherapy practice.
  9. Clearly articulate self-evaluation of knowledge and performance including strengths and areas for improvement
  10. Document attainment of the Physiotherapy Practice Thresholds in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand through production of a professional portfolio with evidence of meeting each of the roles and key competencies

General Assessment Information

General Assessment Information 

Information concerning Macquarie University's assessment policy is available at http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/policy_2016.html. Grade descriptors and other information concerning grading requirements are contained in Schedule 1 of the Macquarie University Assessment Policy, which is available at: http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/schedule_1.html

To pass this unit, students must demonstrate sufficient evidence of achievement of the learning outcomes and attempt all assessment tasks

Further details for each assessment task will be available on iLearn, including marking rubrics.

All final grades in the department of Health Professions are determined by a grading committee and are not the sole responsibility of the Unit Convenor.

Students will be awarded one of these grades plus a Standardised Numerical Grade (SNG). The SNG is not necessarily a summation of the individual assessment components. The final grade and SNG that are awarded reflect the corresponding grade descriptor in Schedule 1 of the Assessment Policy.

Extensions for Assessment Tasks Applications for assessment task extensions must be submitted via www.ask.mq.edu.au . For further details please refer to the Disruption to Studies Policy available at http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html

Late Submission of Work

All assignments which are officially received after the due date, and where no extension has been granted by the course convenor or tutor, will incur a deduction of 10% for the first day, and 10% for each subsequent day including the actual day on which the work is received. Weekends and public holidays are included. For example:

Due Date Received Days Late Deduction Raw Mark Final Mark
Friday, 14th Monday, 17th 3 30% 75% 45%

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Professional Portfolio 10% 9am Monday 20th March
Job application & interview 30% No Week 7 and 8 or 9
Clinical performance 60% Final day of placement
Student Self Reflection 0% No Final day of placement
Clinical Placement Logbook 0% No 9am Monday after placement

Professional Portfolio

Due: 9am Monday 20th March
Weighting: 10%

Student will submit the Executive Summary of their Professional Portfolio.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour for an entry-level physiotherapy practitioner.
  • Demonstrate advanced skills in effective and appropriate communication when interacting with clients, clinical educators and other health professionals
  • Clearly articulate self-evaluation of knowledge and performance including strengths and areas for improvement
  • Document attainment of the Physiotherapy Practice Thresholds in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand through production of a professional portfolio with evidence of meeting each of the roles and key competencies

Job application & interview

Due: Week 7 and 8 or 9
Weighting: 30%

Student will submit a job application in answer to a mock job advertisement and the following week will attend a 15 minute job interview where they will answer questions similar to those they would be asked in a job interview.

Submit Job Application by 9am Tuesday Week 7. 

Attend Job Interview:

  • Group A (ACPP Blocks 2 and 4) – Week 8
  • Group B (ACPP Blocks 1 and 3) – Week 9

NB Allocation to Block A or B and Interview dates will be released by Week 3 of semester.   


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour for an entry-level physiotherapy practitioner.
  • Demonstrate advanced skills in effective and appropriate communication when interacting with clients, clinical educators and other health professionals
  • Plan and conduct assessments of clients including a comprehensive history and physical examination at a level exceeding entry-level standards.
  • Analyse assessment findings to form a diagnosis and/or a prioritised list of problems in impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions
  • Develop and implement safe and effective person-centred physiotherapy plans that address the clients’ goals, utilise evidence-based treatment and are evaluated using appropriate outcome measures, at a level exceeding entry level standards.
  • Demonstrate appropriate and effective progression of the intervention based on reassessment findings and sound clinical reasoning
  • Access, interpret and apply information independently to continuously improve practice.
  • Demonstrate safe practice with identification of adverse events/near misses and minimisation of risk associated with physiotherapy practice.
  • Clearly articulate self-evaluation of knowledge and performance including strengths and areas for improvement
  • Document attainment of the Physiotherapy Practice Thresholds in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand through production of a professional portfolio with evidence of meeting each of the roles and key competencies

Clinical performance

Due: Final day of placement
Weighting: 60%

The Site Clinical Educator and/or MQ Physiotherapy Educator will use the Assessment of Physiotherapy Practice Instrument (The APP) to assess the clinical performance and behaviour of the student. They will also provide detailed written comments acknowledging the student’s strengths and identifying areas and strategies for improvement.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour for an entry-level physiotherapy practitioner.
  • Demonstrate advanced skills in effective and appropriate communication when interacting with clients, clinical educators and other health professionals
  • Plan and conduct assessments of clients including a comprehensive history and physical examination at a level exceeding entry-level standards.
  • Analyse assessment findings to form a diagnosis and/or a prioritised list of problems in impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions
  • Develop and implement safe and effective person-centred physiotherapy plans that address the clients’ goals, utilise evidence-based treatment and are evaluated using appropriate outcome measures, at a level exceeding entry level standards.
  • Demonstrate appropriate and effective progression of the intervention based on reassessment findings and sound clinical reasoning
  • Access, interpret and apply information independently to continuously improve practice.
  • Demonstrate safe practice with identification of adverse events/near misses and minimisation of risk associated with physiotherapy practice.
  • Clearly articulate self-evaluation of knowledge and performance including strengths and areas for improvement

Student Self Reflection

Due: Final day of placement
Weighting: 0%

Student to complete an Assessment of Physiotherapy Practice (APP) self-reflection of their clinical performance that will be used to facilitate discussion.

 


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour for an entry-level physiotherapy practitioner.
  • Demonstrate advanced skills in effective and appropriate communication when interacting with clients, clinical educators and other health professionals
  • Plan and conduct assessments of clients including a comprehensive history and physical examination at a level exceeding entry-level standards.
  • Analyse assessment findings to form a diagnosis and/or a prioritised list of problems in impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions
  • Develop and implement safe and effective person-centred physiotherapy plans that address the clients’ goals, utilise evidence-based treatment and are evaluated using appropriate outcome measures, at a level exceeding entry level standards.
  • Demonstrate appropriate and effective progression of the intervention based on reassessment findings and sound clinical reasoning
  • Access, interpret and apply information independently to continuously improve practice.
  • Demonstrate safe practice with identification of adverse events/near misses and minimisation of risk associated with physiotherapy practice.
  • Clearly articulate self-evaluation of knowledge and performance including strengths and areas for improvement

Clinical Placement Logbook

Due: 9am Monday after placement
Weighting: 0%

Student to submit logbook of patient experiences acquired during clinical placement.   There are no marks assigned to this task but submission of this logbook is part of the assessment requirements for this unit of study. If you fail to submit your logbook your results will be withheld from release


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate advanced skills in effective and appropriate communication when interacting with clients, clinical educators and other health professionals
  • Clearly articulate self-evaluation of knowledge and performance including strengths and areas for improvement
  • Document attainment of the Physiotherapy Practice Thresholds in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand through production of a professional portfolio with evidence of meeting each of the roles and key competencies

Delivery and Resources

Unit Organisation

This is a four credit point unit that runs as a 25-day clinical placement (either as a 5 week block or part time across the semester).  Further information is available via the PCE: Physiotherapy Clinical Education Learning Management System (LMS) iLearn for your cohort.  http://ilearn.mq.edu.au

Assumed knowledge

This unit builds on your learning in the previous two semesters and assumes you have a sound basic knowledge in all core areas of physiotherapy including pre-requisite knowledge areas such as musculoskeletal anatomy. 

Teaching and Learning Strategy

In this unit students spend 25 days at clinical sites, including hospitals and private practices, in order to integrate their theoretical knowledge in clinical settings of specialised areas of physiotherapy such as hands, paediatrics, private practice, sports, spinal cord injury rehabilitation. 

Textbooks and Readings

The texts and other resources used during the previous two semesters will be useful when completing this unit.  In addition, resources specific to clinical education and to specific areas of clinical physiotherapy are available on the Physiotherapy Clinical Education iLearn site in the Resources section. 

Technology and Equipment

Equipment has been purchased with the use of Health Workforce Australia establishment funding and is available for use at each clinical site.  This will include iPads, laptops and other patient/education-related equipment such as textbooks and anatomical models. 

Attendance

Individual clinic descriptors and clinical calendars should be used to confirm dates and times of attendance for your clinical placement. 

This information is available via the PCE: Physiotherapy Clinical Education Learning Management System (LMS) iLearn for your cohort.  http://ilearn.mq.edu.au

Transport and costs

Students will need to arrange their own transport to clinical placements and will be responsible for covering all costs associated with attending placements such as vaccinations, parking , public transport and accomodation (where necessary). 

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central. Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Academic Honesty Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/policy.html

Assessment Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/policy_2016.html

Grade Appeal Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/gradeappeal/policy.html

Complaint Management Procedure for Students and Members of the Public http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/complaint_management/procedure.html​

Disruption to Studies Policy (in effect until Dec 4th, 2017): http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html

Special Consideration Policy (in effect from Dec 4th, 2017): https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policies/special-consideration

In addition, a number of other policies can be found in the Learning and Teaching Category of Policy Central.

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/support/student_conduct/

Results

Results shown in iLearn, or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au.

Student Support

Macquarie University provides a range of support services for students. For details, visit http://students.mq.edu.au/support/

Learning Skills

Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to improve your marks and take control of your study.

Student Enquiry Service

For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au

Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

IT Help

For help with University computer systems and technology, visit http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/offices_and_units/information_technology/help/

When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.

Graduate Capabilities

PG - Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking

Our postgraduates will be capable of utilising and reflecting on prior knowledge and experience, of applying higher level critical thinking skills, and of integrating and synthesising learning and knowledge from a range of sources and environments. A characteristic of this form of thinking is the generation of new, professionally oriented knowledge through personal or group-based critique of practice and theory.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour for an entry-level physiotherapy practitioner.
  • Demonstrate advanced skills in effective and appropriate communication when interacting with clients, clinical educators and other health professionals
  • Plan and conduct assessments of clients including a comprehensive history and physical examination at a level exceeding entry-level standards.
  • Analyse assessment findings to form a diagnosis and/or a prioritised list of problems in impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions
  • Develop and implement safe and effective person-centred physiotherapy plans that address the clients’ goals, utilise evidence-based treatment and are evaluated using appropriate outcome measures, at a level exceeding entry level standards.
  • Demonstrate appropriate and effective progression of the intervention based on reassessment findings and sound clinical reasoning
  • Access, interpret and apply information independently to continuously improve practice.
  • Demonstrate safe practice with identification of adverse events/near misses and minimisation of risk associated with physiotherapy practice.
  • Clearly articulate self-evaluation of knowledge and performance including strengths and areas for improvement
  • Document attainment of the Physiotherapy Practice Thresholds in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand through production of a professional portfolio with evidence of meeting each of the roles and key competencies

Assessment tasks

  • Job application & interview
  • Clinical performance
  • Student Self Reflection
  • Clinical Placement Logbook

PG - Capable of Professional and Personal Judgment and Initiative

Our postgraduates will demonstrate a high standard of discernment and common sense in their professional and personal judgment. They will have the ability to make informed choices and decisions that reflect both the nature of their professional work and their personal perspectives.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour for an entry-level physiotherapy practitioner.
  • Demonstrate advanced skills in effective and appropriate communication when interacting with clients, clinical educators and other health professionals
  • Plan and conduct assessments of clients including a comprehensive history and physical examination at a level exceeding entry-level standards.
  • Analyse assessment findings to form a diagnosis and/or a prioritised list of problems in impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions
  • Develop and implement safe and effective person-centred physiotherapy plans that address the clients’ goals, utilise evidence-based treatment and are evaluated using appropriate outcome measures, at a level exceeding entry level standards.
  • Demonstrate appropriate and effective progression of the intervention based on reassessment findings and sound clinical reasoning
  • Demonstrate safe practice with identification of adverse events/near misses and minimisation of risk associated with physiotherapy practice.
  • Clearly articulate self-evaluation of knowledge and performance including strengths and areas for improvement
  • Document attainment of the Physiotherapy Practice Thresholds in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand through production of a professional portfolio with evidence of meeting each of the roles and key competencies

Assessment tasks

  • Professional Portfolio
  • Job application & interview
  • Clinical performance
  • Student Self Reflection
  • Clinical Placement Logbook

PG - Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Our postgraduates will be able to demonstrate a significantly enhanced depth and breadth of knowledge, scholarly understanding, and specific subject content knowledge in their chosen fields.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour for an entry-level physiotherapy practitioner.
  • Demonstrate advanced skills in effective and appropriate communication when interacting with clients, clinical educators and other health professionals
  • Plan and conduct assessments of clients including a comprehensive history and physical examination at a level exceeding entry-level standards.
  • Analyse assessment findings to form a diagnosis and/or a prioritised list of problems in impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions
  • Develop and implement safe and effective person-centred physiotherapy plans that address the clients’ goals, utilise evidence-based treatment and are evaluated using appropriate outcome measures, at a level exceeding entry level standards.
  • Demonstrate appropriate and effective progression of the intervention based on reassessment findings and sound clinical reasoning
  • Access, interpret and apply information independently to continuously improve practice.
  • Demonstrate safe practice with identification of adverse events/near misses and minimisation of risk associated with physiotherapy practice.
  • Clearly articulate self-evaluation of knowledge and performance including strengths and areas for improvement
  • Document attainment of the Physiotherapy Practice Thresholds in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand through production of a professional portfolio with evidence of meeting each of the roles and key competencies

Assessment tasks

  • Professional Portfolio
  • Job application & interview
  • Clinical performance
  • Student Self Reflection
  • Clinical Placement Logbook

PG - Research and Problem Solving Capability

Our postgraduates will be capable of systematic enquiry; able to use research skills to create new knowledge that can be applied to real world issues, or contribute to a field of study or practice to enhance society. They will be capable of creative questioning, problem finding and problem solving.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour for an entry-level physiotherapy practitioner.
  • Demonstrate advanced skills in effective and appropriate communication when interacting with clients, clinical educators and other health professionals
  • Plan and conduct assessments of clients including a comprehensive history and physical examination at a level exceeding entry-level standards.
  • Analyse assessment findings to form a diagnosis and/or a prioritised list of problems in impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions
  • Develop and implement safe and effective person-centred physiotherapy plans that address the clients’ goals, utilise evidence-based treatment and are evaluated using appropriate outcome measures, at a level exceeding entry level standards.
  • Demonstrate appropriate and effective progression of the intervention based on reassessment findings and sound clinical reasoning
  • Access, interpret and apply information independently to continuously improve practice.
  • Demonstrate safe practice with identification of adverse events/near misses and minimisation of risk associated with physiotherapy practice.
  • Clearly articulate self-evaluation of knowledge and performance including strengths and areas for improvement
  • Document attainment of the Physiotherapy Practice Thresholds in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand through production of a professional portfolio with evidence of meeting each of the roles and key competencies

Assessment tasks

  • Job application & interview
  • Clinical performance
  • Student Self Reflection

PG - Effective Communication

Our postgraduates will be able to communicate effectively and convey their views to different social, cultural, and professional audiences. They will be able to use a variety of technologically supported media to communicate with empathy using a range of written, spoken or visual formats.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour for an entry-level physiotherapy practitioner.
  • Demonstrate advanced skills in effective and appropriate communication when interacting with clients, clinical educators and other health professionals
  • Plan and conduct assessments of clients including a comprehensive history and physical examination at a level exceeding entry-level standards.
  • Analyse assessment findings to form a diagnosis and/or a prioritised list of problems in impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions
  • Develop and implement safe and effective person-centred physiotherapy plans that address the clients’ goals, utilise evidence-based treatment and are evaluated using appropriate outcome measures, at a level exceeding entry level standards.
  • Demonstrate appropriate and effective progression of the intervention based on reassessment findings and sound clinical reasoning
  • Demonstrate safe practice with identification of adverse events/near misses and minimisation of risk associated with physiotherapy practice.
  • Clearly articulate self-evaluation of knowledge and performance including strengths and areas for improvement
  • Document attainment of the Physiotherapy Practice Thresholds in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand through production of a professional portfolio with evidence of meeting each of the roles and key competencies

Assessment tasks

  • Professional Portfolio
  • Job application & interview
  • Clinical performance
  • Student Self Reflection
  • Clinical Placement Logbook

PG - Engaged and Responsible, Active and Ethical Citizens

Our postgraduates will be ethically aware and capable of confident transformative action in relation to their professional responsibilities and the wider community. They will have a sense of connectedness with others and country and have a sense of mutual obligation. They will be able to appreciate the impact of their professional roles for social justice and inclusion related to national and global issues

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour for an entry-level physiotherapy practitioner.
  • Demonstrate advanced skills in effective and appropriate communication when interacting with clients, clinical educators and other health professionals
  • Plan and conduct assessments of clients including a comprehensive history and physical examination at a level exceeding entry-level standards.
  • Analyse assessment findings to form a diagnosis and/or a prioritised list of problems in impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions
  • Develop and implement safe and effective person-centred physiotherapy plans that address the clients’ goals, utilise evidence-based treatment and are evaluated using appropriate outcome measures, at a level exceeding entry level standards.
  • Demonstrate appropriate and effective progression of the intervention based on reassessment findings and sound clinical reasoning
  • Demonstrate safe practice with identification of adverse events/near misses and minimisation of risk associated with physiotherapy practice.
  • Clearly articulate self-evaluation of knowledge and performance including strengths and areas for improvement
  • Document attainment of the Physiotherapy Practice Thresholds in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand through production of a professional portfolio with evidence of meeting each of the roles and key competencies

Assessment tasks

  • Job application & interview
  • Clinical performance
  • Student Self Reflection

Changes from Previous Offering

No substantial changes are planned for this unit in 2017.