PHS406 Advanced Preparation for Physiotherapy Practice (8)

This advanced level subject will extend students' knowledge and skills in specialist areas of physiotherapy practice. This subject will facilitate an integrated approach across the three principal domains of clinical practice. Students will develop advanced clinical knowledge and skills in acute care, rehabilitation and community physiotherapy, and will apply this knowledge and skills in the creation of a professional development portfolio. Students enrolling in this subject will be expected to have significant knowledge and clinical experience in the core areas of physiotherapy practice.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Orange Campus
Port Macquarie Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PHS406. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Community Health

Enrolment Restrictions

This subject is restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy and the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate critical reflection on professional practice and critically reflexive practice
  • be able to critically evaluate ongoing personal and professional development in order to maintain and improve professional practice
  • be able to advocate for physiotherapy that is supported by evidence based practice, including best available research evidence
  • be able to analyse situations that are outside their scope of expertise or competence and take appropriate and timely action
  • be able to justify physiotherapy options to manage a client's presenting problems
  • 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 create and present an effective digital presentation directed at physiotherapy colleagues
  • be able to locate, evaluate, use and integrate evidence-based information to inform decision making, and develop and guide their own knowledge, learning and practice


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Acute physiotherapy practice - burns; trauma; hand pain and injury
  • Rehabilitation physiotherapy practice - spinal cord injuries; occupational health
  • Community physiotherapy practice - women and mens' health; advanced musculoskeletal care; lymphoedema management; aged care; disability

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of PHS406 in Session 2 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Case study
Professional development portfolio

Special Resources

Outsourcing of external/specialist clinicians/business professionals. Higher lecturing rates may be required and travel, accommodation when requested/required.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.