PHS418 Physiotherapy Competency Placement 3 (8)

Physiotherapy Competency Placement 3 provides physiotherapy students with further 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 further develop and consolidate knowledge, skills and attributes in professional physiotherapy practice; client assessment; clinical reasoning; intervention planning; implementation of physiotherapy management; demonstrate leadership skills; and evaluate the effectiveness of management strategies. The placement setting undertaken in PHS418 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). 

Students will demonstrate leadership by completing an additional assessment task separate to the APP which involves the development of an evidenced based resource that can be presented to team members during their placement.


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

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PHS418. 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 PHS309 and PHS328 ) and PHS313 and PHS314 and PHS350

Subject Relationships

PHS417 PHS418 is offered in the same session as two (2) other workplace learning subjects PHS416 and PHS417. PHS418 precedes PHS419 and is subsequent to PHS417.
PHS416 PHS418 is offered in the same session as two (2) other workplace learning subjects PHS416 and PHS417. PHS418 precedes PHS419 and is subsequent to PHS417.

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;
  • 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; and
  • be able to demonstrate leadership by facilitating the professional development of others within the working place utilising evidence-based practice.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • One (1) placement equivalent to 25 days;
  • A clinical placement offered in a setting different to other workplace learning subjects, including but not limited to: hospitals; community based facilities; schools based services; outpatient settings and private industry;
  • 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;
  • Professional practice roles and responsibilities; and
  • Leadership in clinical practice.

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 25 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

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

Students will also be assessed on their understanding and application of leadership and evidence based practice. 

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 and will fail PHS418. 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 need 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.