PHS405 Transition to Physiotherapy Practice (16)

'Transition to Physiotherapy Practice' is a capstone subject enhancing transition from student to graduate health professional. The subject develops skills in professional self-management, critical thinking and reflection, communication, leadership and gaining employment. It also builds awareness of ethical and legal practice requirements, contexts of contemporary and future health care practice, work place culture and non-clinical work requirements. 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, and will expand students' abilities to apply their professional skills and knowledge. 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 manage their own learning journey.


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

Grading System



One session


School of Community Health

Enrolment Restrictions

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



Subject Relationships

PHS404 PHS405 to replace PHS404

Incompatible Subjects


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 evaluate their own health and resilience, and develop strategies for maintaining them within changing global work environments;
  • be able to identify the influence of workplace culture on professional practice, and develop strategies for promoting positive workplace culture;
  • be able to demonstrate adaptive, respectful and responsive written, oral and digital communication 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 effectively contribute discipline specific knowledge, and participate in collective reasoning and shared decision making which enhances client health care;
  • be able to articulate professional decision making and how it relates to relevant legal, professional, and ethical codes and standards of practice; and
  • be able to articulate their leadership style and recognise how they can apply their leadership skills to varied practice contexts.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Transition from student to health professional, including personal and professional sustainability
  • Critical evaluation and debate of professional practice issues
  • Self-managing professional growth
  • Interprofessional practice
  • Entering the workforce - applying for jobs/registration
  • Workplace culture
  • Contexts of physiotherapy practice
  • Quality improvement
  • Clinical education
  • Leadership

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of PHS405 in Session 2 2020. 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 %
Seeking employment
Professional practice debates
Interprofessional health care practice
Capstone clinical placement

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 25 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

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.


Special Resources

Students are required to attend a clinical placement which is equivalent to 25 days. Associated accommodation and transport costs are the responsibility of the individual student.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.