Physiotherapy in Rehabilitation and Community Practice is a foundation practice area in the Masters of Physiotherapy Course. It requires students to draw on and apply previous biomedical knowledge to interpret clinical scenarios building upon prior knowledge through the use of case-based learning, simulation and practical workshops. The unit aims to provide students with the advanced theoretical knowledge, communication skills and management strategies required to critically analyse and clinically reason through post-acute and chronic rehabilitation and community health presentations across the lifespan; and to safely assess and manage these conditions on land, in water-based rehabilitation and group exercises in line with evidence based practice and person centred care. The rehabilitation practice also aims to expose the students to multi-professional team work and foster a desire to learn and encourage an open attitude to feedback and learning These skills are an essential component of work ready practice.

Unit details

Study level:
Credit points:
Unit code:

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Apply knowledge and skills gained from previous units to further develop assessment and management techniques specific to physiotherapy services in rehabilitation and community settings;  
  2. Critically analyse clinical information and use findings to develop a person centred, prioritized problem list to guide evidence based management across the lifespan and inclusive of indigenous and culturally diverse patient populations;  
  3. Effectively use the learning environment to enable optimal management of clients and to review their outcomes from the program(s) implemented in line with evidence-based practice;  
  4. Interpret complex clinical information and effectively communicate this to specialist and non-specialist audiences; and  
  5. Utilise the Peer Assisted Learning model for constructive peer review and critical self-reflective practice.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Week 1 Content - Clinical Content and Practice Quiz 15%
Test Week 1 & 2 Content - Modified Essay Question 30%
Test Week 3 Content – Clinical Content and Practice Quiz 15%
Examination Week 1-4 Practical Skills Assessment: OSCE station-based examination 40%

Where to next?

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following courses. Refer to the course page for information on how to apply for the course.

VU takes care to ensure the accuracy of this unit information, but reserves the right to change or withdraw courses offered at any time. Please check that unit information is current with the Student Contact Centre.