This introductory unit orientates students to the Physiotherapy profession through a range of learning activities, including an introduction to clinicians and case-based learning focussing on common movement problems. Students will learn about the professional framework that guides Physiotherapy practice in Australia. They will also learn about how the profession links to and engages with a range of other health disciplines. Students will begin to apply these frameworks whilst developing problem solving and communication skills relevant to the identity of a future health professional.

Unit details

VU Sunshine Clinical School
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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Describe the Physiotherapy professional framework and scope of practice;  
  2. Discuss the breadth of the Physiotherapy profession and the role of the multi-disciplinary team, including the importance of indigenous health and cultural diversity in healthcare;  
  3. Outline the stages of reflective practice and their application to the healthcare environment in person centred physical health and wellbeing; and  
  4. Articulate the process of case-based learning in health professional curriculum.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Test (30mins) 15%
Report Reflection Part A (200 words) 15%
Report Reflection Part B (500 words) 30%
Presentation Group presentation regarding case-based learning (10 mins) 40%

Required reading

Clinical Reasoning in the Health Professions
Higgs, J., et al (2008)
Butterworth Heinemann Elsevier

Where to next?

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