PHS100 Introduction to Physiotherapy Clinical Practice (16)


Introduction to Physiotherapy Clinical Practice is the first of a series of subjects that progressively develops students knowledge and skills of physiotherapy practice. Students studying this subject will progressively integrate and apply acquired theory and practical concepts from supporting biomedical science and psychology subjects into physiotherapy clinical scenarios.
Subject content emphasizes developing physiotherapy skills that apply across the breadth of physiotherapy practice and will apply foundational physiotherapy concepts such as interpersonal communication, legal and ethical principles, clinical reasoning, physical assessment, movement analysis and treatment planning as it applies to specific clinical cases. Students will be introduced to people with more common pathologies relevant to physiotherapy and consider the use and application of a range of therapeutic modalities such as heat and ice, soft tissue manipulation, exercise prescription, mobility aids and manual handling. Specific learning objectives relating to professional values, culture and ethical responsibilities and health promotion in practice will be embedded in the subject. Students will develop early skills in evidence based physiotherapy which include concepts of measurement, using the ICF framework for evaluation of outcomes, locating and retrieving library resources. Concepts of mental well being will be examined as they apply to health professionals and the people they work with.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalAlbury-Wodonga Campus
InternalOrange Campus
Session 2
InternalAlbury-Wodonga Campus
InternalOrange Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PHS100
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
Two sessionsHD/FLSchool of Community Health

Enrolment restrictions

This subject is restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to retrieve and apply relevant knowledge from related subject areas to specific clinical cases.
  • be able to adapt and apply a range of assessment techniques to different clinical contexts.
  • be able to use introductory level clinical reasoning processes and collaborative goal setting to determine treatment selection for selected physiotherapy case scenarios.
  • be able to implement relevant therapeutic modalities in an appropriate and safe manner and determine intervention outcomes.
  • be able to describe key aspects of professional and ethical practice.
  • be able to detect elements of effective communication with clients.
  • be able to locate sources and synthesize information for use in clinical cases.
  • be able to identify the unique demands of rural, remote and Indigenous Health.
  • be able to identify contributors to mental wellbeing in themselves and others.


The subject will cover the following topics:
-The scope of physiotherapy practice within Australia with introduction to the generic and specific skills of physiotherapy practice
-The unique demands of rural, remote and Indigenous physiotherapy practice.
-Professional, ethical and evidence based physiotherapy practice
-Communication, interpersonal skills and collaboration with clients
-Informed consent and ethical practice in practice and clinical case studies
-Personal and professional values
-Physical touch and handling of patients
-Physiotherapy assessment processes and clinical reasoning
-Principles of observation and clinical measurement
-Keeping legally appropriate written records of physiotherapy assessments and interventions
-Impacts of common pathologies and pain on function and living
-Principles of collaborative goal setting
-Effects of altered joint range of motion, muscle length and muscle strength, on movement function
-Clinical application of posture and gait assessment
-Choose goniometric and alternative measurement techniques for assessing joint range of motion
-Clinical application of specific muscle length and strength tests
-Clinical implications of tissue repair in management
-Principles and concepts of therapeutic exercise, including neuromuscular facilitation
-Exercise design and prescription to address impairments
-Principles of teaching
-Selection of soft tissue manipulation techniques to different client groups
-Therapeutic use of ice and heat
-Contraindications and precautions relevant to specific assessment and management techniques
-Evaluation of physiotherapy interventions
-Preparation for clinical placement experiences

Work Place Learning

This subject contains a Compulsory Workplace Learning component of 1 days duration. Workplace learning for PHS100 will consist of one single full day placement at a physiotherapy site in the local area (within 1.5 hrs drive).


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.