PHS249 Integrating Physiotherapy Practice (8)

This subject further develops student skills in physiotherapy assessment and management of common orthopaedic, cardiorespiratory and neurological conditions. This subject has a focus on pain management, goal setting, clinical reasoning, rural and remote practice, and professional behaviour. A component of the subject includes participation in supervised experiential learning. Students will build on their interprofessional practice skills through deepening understandings of own scope of practice, referral of clients to other health professionals and reflection on how they practice within a team environment. Students will consider their professional values, culture and ethical responsibilities and how the Western values embedded in physiotherapy practice impact on the experiences of First Nations people.


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

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PHS249. 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

Only available to students who are enrolled in Bachelor of Physiotherapy. 
Not available to students who have completed PHS250.


( PHS111 or PHS100 ) and BMS171 and PHS248

Subject Relationships

PHS250 replaced by PHS249

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate the concept of strengths-based knowledge and communication, evaluate their communication skills with a particular focus on culturally respectful, ethical and responsive communication, and develop strategies for improvement through self-reflection;
  • be able to examine the culture of physiotherapy, and analyse the impact of this service experience for First Nations peoples;
  • be able to plan and perform foundational orthopaedic, cardiorespiratory and neurological physiotherapy person-centred and evidence-based assessments and treatment skills including the use of exercise in rehabilitation;
  • be able to use clinical reasoning processes to explore and explain assessment findings and document these findings;
  • be able to apply ethical, safe and effective physiotherapy management for people from rural and remote settings using e-health technologies such as telehealth;
  • be able to demonstrate professional behaviour appropriate to physiotherapy and working in interprofessional contexts, including critical appraisal and reflection; and
  • be able to achieve a satisfactory rating for all competencies listed on the experiential learning assessment evaluation form.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Ethical and professional practice as relevant to clinical practice including: advocacy for First Nations people; ensuring culturally safe and responsive practice, including cultural humility and the development of respectful relationships;
  • Client management approaches in orthopaedic physiotherapy practice;
  • Introduction to foundational cardiorespiratory and neurological physiotherapy assessment and treatment skills;
  • The use of evidence-based practice to support decision making in physiotherapy practice;
  • Clinical reasoning integrating applied anatomy, applied biomechanics, physiology (especially pain), social and psychological factors, and responses to illness and pain, in the physiotherapy management of common conditions;
  • Introduction to experiential learning;
  • Interprofessional practice in relation to self-assessment of scope of practice and referral of clients to other health professionals as required; and
  • Reflection on own practice.

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 10 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

A period of experiential learning which may include time in health settings, simulation-based education and/or other forms of experiential learning. This will be approximately 10 days.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2022. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.