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96094 Clinical Placement 3

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Subject handbook information prior to 2020 is available in the Archives.

UTS: Health (GEM)
Credit points: 6 cp
Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


This subject (CP3) serves to further consolidate theoretical and practical skills in an external clinical setting in Year 2 of the program. CP3 is undertaken in a hospital, private practice or community setting and sits within one of the three following areas: acute care, rehabilitation or primary care. CP3 includes acute in-patients, musculoskeletal outpatients (including spinal therapy), in-patient and out-patient rehabilitation (including a range of client groups), orthopaedics and community settings; in addition, opportunities for rural and remote practice as well as areas of specialist practice are offered in this placement.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

071. Demonstrate competent practice as determined by the APP

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

This subject contributes to the following graduate attributes:

Practice ready

Graduates of the Master of Physiotherapy are knowledgeable, practice-ready clinicians, skilled in providing safe and effective evidence-based care to clients across the lifespan, using a wide range of therapeutic approaches including skilled hands on practice, and in a variety of clinical settings as both independent and collaborative practitioners.


Graduates of the Master of Physiotherapy effectively integrate research evidence into practice, are proactive in identifying gaps in knowledge and are competent to undertake research to advance the evidence base and inform future physiotherapy practice.

Professionally Competent

Graduates of the Master of Physiotherapy embody professional and ethical practice, maintaining knowledge and competence at local and global standards. Graduates embrace opportunities for leadership and advanced roles, utilise deliberate practice to optimise physiotherapy care and advocate for the profession in interdisciplinary contexts.


Graduates of the Master of Physiotherapy are empathetic, person-centred practitioners who empower client self-management and endorse preventative care by forming and valuing partnerships with individuals, families and communities.

Culturally Competent

Graduates of the Master of Physiotherapy are culturally competent professionals, able to reflect on and explain their own cultural perspectives, accommodate cultural differences and achieve optimal outcomes through the adoption of a consultative approach to physiotherapy practice with indigenous Australians and other cultural groups.

Contribution to the development of Course-intended learning outcomes

Knowledge and skills

Integrate core biomedical and social health science knowledge across the breadth of physiotherapy practice to inform assessment and safe, competent and skilled practical care of individuals across the lifespan as an autonomous practitioner and as a member of an inter-professional team


Apply scientific research skills to advance the evidence base supporting physiotherapy practice

Clinical reasoning

Identify impairment, activity and participation deficits in individuals in accordance with the International Classification of Function, Disability and Health framework and develop evidence-based care plans in accordance with research evidence and best-practice physiotherapy

Client focus

Provide empathetic, compassionate and respectful patient-focused care, facilitating client self-management, advocating for best-practice care and empowering clients by education

Ethical practitioner

Embody the physiotherapy profession, demonstrating globally relevant ethical and professional behaviour and social accountability, while utilising deliberate critical analysis, self-reflection and self-awareness to constantly improve practice

Critical thinker

Critically analyses the research evidence underpinning practice and effectively applies new knowledge to practice, conduct and disseminate high quality research to improve professional knowledge and influence direction of future practice


Communicate effectively using high level interpersonal skills in both traditional modes of communication and when integrating advances in technology and methods of intervention delivery into patient care


Engage in leadership and collaboration, representing the profession in inter-professional teams and seeking advanced practitioner roles to ensure the future vitality of the profession

Indigenous awareness and cultural competence

Demonstrate respect and value for diverse ways of knowing, being and doing, in particular recognising the diversity of Indigenous Australians and their health and wellbeing and integrating this knowledge into practice

Teaching and learning strategies

Practice-oriented, experiential learning in the workplace setting

Minimum requirements

100% attendance at placement

  • A score of 38 or greater on the APP is required

In addition

  • A mandatory satisfactory level of clinical performance is required, scoring ≥2 on at least 19 items of the APP. i.e. a score of 1 can be achieved in a maximum of any 1 area

In addition

  • A minimum rating of ‘adequate’ must be recorded on the Global Rating Scale

Required texts

Coursework Assessments Policy

Coursework Assessments Procedures

Graduate School of Health Policy, Guidelines and Procedures (login required)