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PHTY255 Physiotherapy Clinical Practice 1

An evidence-based approach to professional practice where students are introduced to the integration of theory and practice with an emphasis on professional, ethical, cultural and legislative issues.

Paper title Physiotherapy Clinical Practice 1
Paper code PHTY255
Subject Physiotherapy
EFTS 0.1330
Points 17 points
Teaching period Full Year
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $939.11
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,301.11

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Dr Daniel Ribeiro (

Teaching staff

Paper Coordinator: Dr Daniel Ribeiro
Clinical Education Programme Lead: Chris Higgs
Clinical Coordinator: Rebecca Armstrong
UMove Coordiator: Claire Hargest
Case Studies Coordinators: Emily Gray, Sarah Rhodes

Paper Structure

Students undertake a range of supervised clinical practice in a variety of practice settings. There is a series of supporting lectures providing a foundation for clinical practice including:

  • Principles of assessment and management
  • Ethics
  • Hauora Māori
  • Communication and clinical reasoning
  • Behavioural science
  • Working with other cultures
  • Evidence-based practice

There are two additional modules:

  • Hydrotherapy
  • Sports medic training
Teaching Arrangements
This paper is taught on-campus, with students undertaking their clinical at a range of placements within Dunedin.
Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
The goals of this paper are
  • To introduce and expose students to physiotherapy skills of assessment and treatment in a variety of clinical practice settings
  • To integrate and underpin this clinical experience with the acquisition of knowledge in the fields of communication and clinical reasoning; ethics; cultural diversity and safe practice; evidence-based practice; and behavioural science
  • To provide an introduction to the theory and application of professional and legislative issues in supervised clinical practice

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
B1 Tuesday 13:00-13:50 9
Tuesday 17:00-18:50 10
D1 Thursday 08:00-08:50 9, 11
E1 Friday 12:00-12:50 11


Stream Days Times Weeks
B1 Saturday 09:00-11:50 10