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    An evidence-based approach to professional practice where students integrate theory and practice with an emphasis on professional, ethical, management and legislative issues.

    About this paper

    Paper title Physiotherapy Clinical Practice 2
    Subject Physiotherapy
    EFTS 0.2917
    Points 35 points
    Teaching period Full Year (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $2,281.68
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    Limited to

    Elijah Areli

    Teaching staff

    Paper Co-ordinator: Elijah Areli
    Clinical Education Programme Lead: Chris Higgs
    UMove Co-ordinator: Claire Hargest

    Case Studies and Research Module Co-ordinator: Lizz Carrington
    IPE Co-ordinator: Dr Emily Gray

    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:

    • UMove placements
    • Clinical placements
    • Case-study blocks
    • Research modules
    • Interprofessional Education module
    Teaching Arrangements
    This paper is taught on-campus, with students undertaking their clinical at a range of placements within Dunedin.


    • Main, Eleanor & Denehy, Linda. Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy: Adults and Paediatrics (5th edition). Churchill Livingstone. ISBN:9780702047312
    • Watson, Tim. Electrophysical Agents: Evidence-based Practice - Physiotherapy Essentials (13th edition, 2020). Elsevier. ISBN:9780702051517
    • Coombes, Jeff. ESSA's Student Manual for Health, Exercise and Sport Assessment (2nd edition, 2021). Elsevier. ISBN:9780729542692
    • Shumway-Cook, Anne. Motor Control: Translating Research into Clinical Practice (6th edition, 2022). Lippincott Williams & Wil. ISBN:9781975158279
    • Shumway-Cook, Anne, PT, PhD, Fapta. Motor Control: Motor Control: Translating Research Into Clinical Practice (5th edition). Lippincott Williams & Wil. IBSN:9781496302632
    • Petty, Nicola J. Musculoskeletal Examination and Assessment - Volume 1: A Handbook for Therapists (6th edition). Elsevier. IBSN:9780702067174
    • Lennon, Sheila. Physical Management for Neurological Conditions. Elsevier. IBSN:9780702071744
    • Main, Denehy. Physiotherapy for Respiratory and Cardiac Problems: Adults and Paediatrics (6th edition, 2022). Elsevier. IBSN:9780702081064
    • Kisner, Carolyn & Lynn Colby. Therapeutic Exercise: Foundations and Techniques (8th edition). F A Davis. IBSN:9780803658509


    • Brukner, Peter et al. Brukner and Khan's Clinical Sports Medicine vol 1: Injuries (5th edition). McGraw Hill Australia. ISBN:9781760421663
    • Pountney, Teresa. Physiotherapy for children (2007). Butterworth-Heinemann/Elsevier. ISBN:0750688866 / ISBN:9780750688864
    Course outline

    The clinical application and integration of the principles of biological, social and health sciences and evidence-informed practice, underpinned by the Te Whare Tapa Whā model of healthcare, into physiotherapy rehabilitation and practice.

    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

    Successful completion of this paper aims:

    • To build upon the clinical experiences in PHTY 255 to help students further develop their physiotherapy skills of assessment and treatment in a broader range of clinical practice settings with a wider variety of patient conditions
    • To integrate and underpin this extended clinical experience with the acquisition of knowledge in the fields of communication and clinical reasoning, ethics, cultural awareness, evidence-based practice and behavioural science
    • To progress the understanding of the theory and application of professional and legislative issues in supervised clinical practice
    • To prepare third-year students for the clinical skills, reflective practice and evidence-based practice required to successfully complete year four
    • To ensure students have a good understanding of national and global health trends and issues and where the physiotherapy profession sits within this


    Full Year

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 11:00-11:50 9
    Monday 16:00-16:50 15
    Thursday 11:00-11:50 9, 29


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Monday 09:00-11:50 10-12, 17-19, 32-34, 40-42
    Wednesday 09:00-11:50 10-12, 17-19, 32-34, 40-42
    Friday 09:00-11:50 10-12, 17-19, 32-34, 40-42
    A2 Monday 09:00-11:50 13, 15-16, 20-22, 29-31, 37-39
    Wednesday 09:00-11:50 13, 15-16, 20-22, 29-31, 37-39
    Friday 09:00-11:50 13, 15-16, 20-22, 29-31, 37-39
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