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PHTY561 Clinical Practice

Supervised clinical practice in an appropriate clinical setting structured to extend the knowledge of specific physiotherapy theory and to further develop a high level of practical expertise in the examination and management of patients.

Paper title Clinical Practice
Paper code PHTY561
Subject Physiotherapy
EFTS 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period(s) Semester 2 (Distance learning)
Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,018.75
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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PHTY 530, PHTX 530 and PHTX 561
Limited to
MPhty, PGDipPhty

Paper and qualifications restricted to physiotherapists.

Paper runs subject to numbers.

Teaching staff

Paper Co-ordinator: Dr Olivia Galea
Teaching staff: Gerard Farrell 

Supported by staff with expertise relevant to individual clinical development.

Paper Structure

Supervised clinical practice at one of the School of Physiotherapy clinics or programmes or with external health care providers.  

Teaching Arrangements

The Distance Learning offering of this paper is a combination of remote and in-person teaching.

This paper comprises online and face to face mentoring to support students in the development of their higher level clinical reasoning.

No textbooks are required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this course the student should be highly competent in:

  1. The integration of theory and practical skills and utilisation of these skills in patient management.
  2. A comprehensive, culturally sensitive and person/whanau centred approach to assessment of patients consenting to physiotherapy.
  3. An integrated and high level consideration of relevant body systems when contemplating symptom presentation.
  4. Effectively and safely managing patients and modifying treatment as appropriate.
  5. Communicating effectively with all persons involved in the management of the patient’s care.

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system

Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system