PHS405 Transition to Physiotherapy Clinical Practice (16)


‘Transition to Physiotherapy Clinical Practice’ is a capstone subject for the Pass stream, that prepares students for the transition from student to graduate entry health professional. A specific focus in this subject is on legal, ethical and culturally-responsive professional practice; critical thinking and reflection skills; creating collaborative health care partnerships; professional transition; development and sustainability; and leadership in health care practice. Capability in interprofessional collaboration will be developed and extended through a module completed with students from other health care disciplines. A capstone clinical placement is included within this subject, which will expand students’ abilities to apply their professional skills and knowledge in a range of contexts. During their five week workplace learning experience, students are expected to attain levels of professional practice expected of a new graduate, as consistent with contemporary standards of physiotherapy clinical practice. Students enrolling in this subject will be assumed to have a high level of knowledge, a broad range of clinical experiences in physiotherapy practice, and a capacity to develop their own learning journey.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
InternalAlbury-Wodonga Campus
InternalOrange Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PHS405
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:
One sessionHD/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 reflect critically on professional practice and engage in critical questioning of themselves and others
  • be able to identify and prioritise professional learning needs, and implement realistic goals and strategies to encourage ongoing professional growth
  • be able to evaluate their own health and resilience, and develop strategies for maintaining these within changing work environments
  • be able to promote positive workplace culture and practices through strategic thinking, advocacy, critical reflection, innovation and initiative
  • be able to demonstrate adaptive, respectful and responsive communication (in all forms) to reflect the purpose, context, culture, literacy, ethical, legal and/or professional requirements of the task or interaction
  • be able to build effective interprofessional partnerships through proactive monitoring of group processes, and timely and effective responses to identified barriers
  • be able to contribute effectively to discipline specific knowledge, and participate in collective reasoning and shared decision making which enhances client health care
  • be able to demonstrate appropriate decision making after having considered all relevant legal, professional, ethical standards and codes of physiotherapy practice


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Transition from student to health professional, including personal & professional sustainability
  • Critical reflection on professional practice
  • Critical evaluation of own performance
  • Self-managing professional growth
  • Peer evaluation
  • Developing collaborative health care partnerships to enable effective interprofessional practice: conflict resolution; team functioning; leadership; role clarification; communication
  • Palliative care
  • Preparing to enter the workforce - job applications/interviews/workforce culture/ legal requirements of professional practice (i.e. registration/mandatory reporting/complaints)

Work Place Learning

This subject contains a Compulsory Workplace Learning component of 25 days duration. This workplace learning experience is a capstone clinical placement in which students will be expected to attain the level of graduate entry practice and will be assessed against the Australian Physiotherapy Standards.  

Specialised Resources

Students are required to attend a full-time clinical placement. Associated accommodation and transport costs are the responsibility of the individual student.


The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 12 August 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.