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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Physiotherapy Clinical Practice 1
    Subject Physiotherapy
    EFTS 0.133
    Points 17 points
    Teaching period Full Year (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,040.33
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Limited to

    Donna Smith

    Teaching staff

    Paper Co-ordinator: Donna Smith
    Clinical Education Programme Lead: Chris Higgs
    UMove Co-ordinator: Claire Hargest
    Case Studies Co-ordinator: Donna Smith

    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:

    • Sports medic training
    • Self directed learning of common pathologies
    Teaching Arrangements
    This paper is taught on-campus, with students undertaking their clinical at a range of placements within Dunedin.


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    • 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

    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.

    It comprises of practical UMove sessions, case study tutorials, large and small group clinical practice, clinical debriefs, components of the Sports Medics course and independent learning.

    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 will:

    • Introduce and expose students to physiotherapy skills of assessment and treatment in a variety of clinical practice settings
    • 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
    • Introduce and expose students to professional issues in the practice of physiotherapy.


    Full Year

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 13:00-13:50 9
    Tuesday 14:00-14:50 9-10
    Thursday 08:00-08:50 11
    Thursday 13:00-13:50 10


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Thursday 09:00-11:50 20-22, 33-35, 37-39
    A2 Thursday 09:00-11:50 16, 18-19, 29-31, 40-42

    Other Teaching

    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 09:00-18:50 13
    Thursday 11:00-12:50 15
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