School Of Health Sciences

Clinical Education (General)Western Sydney University Unit Code: 401197.2


Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 3

Credit Points: 10

400982 Core Competencies in Physiotherapy Practice

400997 Exercise Rehabilitation AND 400986 Neurological Physiotherapy AND 401199 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy A

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Students must be enrolled in 4706 Bachelor of Physiotherapy or 4733 Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours).

About this Unit
This clinical unit builds on the knowledge and skills developed in first 2 years of physiotherapy study. It focuses on generic aspects of physiotherapy professional practice, which will have been developed through a variety experiential and community engagement learning activities. Professional competencies addressed in this unit include communication, documentation, and reflection, professional and ethical behaviour. In addition, students will develop skills in client assessment, interpretation of findings and education. A professional practice placement is incorporated into this unit. This unit requires physiotherapy students to demonstrate assessment, intervention skills and problem solving skills in a general environment. The focus will be on generic skills such as communication, problem solving, manual handling, gait and basic assessment skills. The placement may include ambulatory care, acute care, rehabilitation or paediatrics.

Special Requirements - Legislative Pre-requisites

Prior to enrolling in this unit, students must have submitted a Student Undertaking Form and have applied for a National Police Certificate which is required to be submitted before placement, and a Working with Children Check Student Declaration. Use the link to the Special Requirements webpage below for more information.

Please note, the requirement for a First Aid Certificate is currently not applicable due to COVID enforced restrictions.

Student Compliance Information for all Health-Related Placements

Students must meet Western Sydney University course requirements as well as any special, legislated, or policy-mandated requirements.

Western Course Requirements

Visit the Special Requirements webpage for details about your course.

Special Requirements

Mandatory NSW Health student placement policy requirements

To be able to undertake placement in any NSW Health facility you must be assessed as compliant with NSW Health student placement policy in the first year of your course, regardless of when you expect to go on your first placement. Access and read the NSW Student Compliance Information Booklet.

NSW Student Compliance Information Booklet

Please ensure that you

1. Find your existing National Police Check or apply for one

2. Gather documentary evidence of your vaccination history

3. Print and compete all relevant NSW Health forms relevant to the campus you are enrolled at or online enrolment requirements

4. Follow booklet instructions on how to have your compliance documents assessed by NSW health staff.

International students have additional requirements: the link to the booklet will inform you of these requirements.

School Requirements

Contact your School for further details regarding your School’s requirements, if any, such as

  • If you live outside of NSW or Australia and need to meet your state, territory or country’s compliance requirements
  • If you need to meet different state, territory or country compliance requirements.
  • NSW Working with Children Check (WWCC) or other state equivalent, valid for your entire course.
  • Current approved first aid certificate valid for your entire course - approved course providers can be found at the Government Training website
  • Other non-health related requirements.

Student Compliance Resources are also available on the Placements Hub web page.


Special Requirements - Essential Equipment
Students are required to wear the Western Sydney University physiotherapy uniform which complies with NSW Health uniform requirements.

4706.2Bachelor of PhysiotherapyCONTINUING
4706.3Bachelor of PhysiotherapyCURRENT
4733.1Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)CONTINUING
4733.2Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)CURRENT

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