Clinical Practice 6 aims to provide students with the opportunity to gain experience in and demonstrate their clinical competency in managing a sub-specialty physiotherapy caseload during a 5-week clinical placement block. Competency assessment will be conducted by a clinical supervisor using the APP (Assessment of Physiotherapy Practice) and includes assessment of professional behaviour and communication, clinical assessment, analysis and planning, evidence-based intervention and risk minimisation. Evidence of demonstrating the ability to apply clinical knowledge and skill to clinical practice is essential in ensuring readiness for autonomous practice.

Unit details

Study level:
Credit points:
Unit code:

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically analyse, reflect on and synthesise complex, clinical information relevant to a sub-specialty physiotherapy caseload;  
  2. Interpret and effectively communicate assessment findings and clinical impressions to clinical and non-clinical individuals, inclusive of indigenous and culturally diverse populations;  
  3. Demonstrate competency in the ability to safely and appropriate assess and manage patients across the lifespan and in line with a person-centered approach to care;  
  4. Demonstrate the ability to research and apply relevant evidence to guide assessment & management in line with best practice; and  
  5. Utilise the Peer Assisted Learning model for constructive peer review and critical self-reflective practice.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Performance APP assessment tool (hurdle) 80%
Presentation Video presentation: Case study (10mins) 20%

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.