PHS416 Physiotherapy Competency Placement 1 (8)

Physiotherapy Competency Placement 1 provides physiotherapy students with the opportunity to undertake a 25 day sustained period of physiotherapy clinical practice in a workplace setting. The purpose of this 25 day clinical placement is to enable students to develop and consolidate knowledge, skills and attributes in: professional physiotherapy practice; client assessment; clinical reasoning; intervention planning; the implementation of physiotherapy management; and evaluation of physiotherapy management strategies. The placement setting undertaken in PHS416 will differ from other workplace learning subjects to ensure students cover the full range of areas required for registration with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) and course completion. Students' learning will be enabled through direct client contact under the supervision of qualified physiotherapists and other health professionals. Students will integrate knowledge from their university studies into clinical practice. Students will be assessed for their achievement of the Australian Standards for Physiotherapy using the criteria and forms developed for use in the Assessment of Physiotherapy Practice (APP).


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Orange Campus
Port Macquarie Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PHS416. 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).


PHS301 and PHS318 and PHS329 ( or PHS328 and PHS309 ) and PHS313 and PHS314 and PHS350

Subject Relationships

PHS418 : PHS416 is offered in the same session as two (2) other 4th year workplace learning subjects PHS417 and PHS418.
PHS417 : PHS416 is offered in the same session as two (2) other 4th year workplace learning subjects PHS417 and PHS418.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to integrate and apply knowledge gained from academic subjects for a range of clients within the specific clinical setting;
  • be able to demonstrate achievement of the standards required of an entry level physiotherapist as defined by the Physiotherapy Practice Thresholds in Australia and Aotearoa, New Zealand (2015) relevant to the clinical setting;
  • be able to articulate and demonstrate their achievement of entry-level competency relevant to the clinical setting; and
  • be able to effectively integrate skills in assessment, clinical reasoning, planning and implementation of physiotherapy management for a range of clients within the specific clinical setting.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • One (1) placement equivalent to 25 days;
  • Application of physiotherapy professional knowledge in the workplace setting and relevant to the client group;
  • Safe and competent practice in a broad range of physiotherapy skills;
  • Clinical reasoning and problem solving processes;
  • Critical appraisal of knowledge and skills;
  • Application of knowledge and skills in the workplace;
  • Self-appraisal of professional practice capabilities; and
  • Professional practice roles and responsibilities.

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 25 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Students will assessed using the national competency assessment tool, the APP and on successful completion of the placement will have demonstrated competency in the allocated placement setting and client context.

Special Resources

Students attending compulsory workplace learning placements are responsible for all associated travel, uniform, accommodation and required resources.

Students must meet pre-clinical requirements prior to undertaking workplace learning placements. Students who have not met all pre-clinical requirements will not be allocated a workplace learning placement. These requirements, mandated by the State Department of Health and the University include but are not limited to vaccinations, first aid certification, police clearance and working with children checks. Costs incurred are the responsibility of the students. Students who do not meet these requirements will be required to re-do the subject.

It is an expectation that students will be required to travel away from home to undertake their workplace learning placements, which may mean adjusting employment and social commitments. The cost of travel and accommodation of these placements are the responsibility of the students.

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.