REHA 4004 Clinical Education E (Advanced Care)

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 401113

Coordinator Rocco Cavaleri Opens in new window

Description This clinical subject involves the integration of musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiorespiratory physiotherapy assessment and treatment skills in an advanced physiotherapy care environment. Advanced problem-solving skills will be required to manage complicated client presentations in various clinical environments. Advanced care environments may include speciality areas such as burns, spinal, emergency, intensive care and aged care subjects within a hospital, or private practice and community-based services where the physiotherapist is the primary care practitioner. Student preferences and prior clinical placement experience will be considered in the clinical placement allocation process. This will help to ensure all students are given the opportunity to explore the breadth of practice of physiotherapy in different environments.

School Health Sciences

Discipline Physiotherapy

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 4 subject

Pre-requisite(s) REHA 3009 OR
REHA 3004

Co-requisite(s) REHA 4015 AND
REHA 4001 OR
REHA 4002

Incompatible Subjects REHA 7004 - Clinical Education E (Advanced Care)


Students must be enrolled in 4706 Bachelor of Physiotherapy or 4707 Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours).

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Display effective communications skills, ethics and professionalism
  2. Plan, justify and conduct an appropriate subjective and objective assessment
  3. Synthesise assessment information to develop and negotiate a client-specific problem list and treatment plan in consultation with the client
  4. Justify and implement evidence-based and effective management strategies
  5. Justify treatment decisions based on theory, research and the interpretation of outcome measurements
  6. Monitor, evaluate and progress treatments as indicated
  7. Demonstrate safe and ethical work practices, respecting the culture and diversity of the client and other health professionals

Subject Content

Theory, research and practice, within an advanced care physiotherapy context, to:
- conduct A subjective and objective Examination
- interpret findings and prioritise client problems
- develop/negotiate A treatment plan
- implement appropriate management techniques
- Monitor, Evaluate and Progress treatment as appropriate
- demonstrate effective communication and professionalism, While Respecting culture and diversity
- collaborate with other health professionals
- Ensures Safe work practice
- undertake discharge planning
Advanced care environments may include speciality areas such as burns, spinal, emergency, intensive care and aged care units within a hospital, or private practice and community-based services where the physiotherapist is the primary care practitioner. Inappropriate clinical placements would be where a student is not required to apply critical thinking and problem-solving in the assessment and treatment of clients with complicated presentations.

Special Requirements

Legislative pre-requisites

To be eligible to enrol in a subject and attend a health-related placement in your program, students must meet Western Sydney University program requirements and Special Legislative Requirements to be assessed in their first year of study against the following.
1. National Criminal History Check: Students must have a current (expiring 3 years from date of issue) check valid for their entire program. A valid National Criminal history check must be an Australia wide check, include the student's full name matching their Student ID card and date of birth and not have any offences listed. If a student has a criminal history identified on their check, they must provide a Clinical Placement Authority Card (CPAC) or conditional letter from the NSW HealthShare Employment Screening and Review Unit
International students must additionally have a translated International Police Check or statutory declaration.
2. A NSW Working with Children Check (WWCC) clearance letter issued under the category of volunteer valid for their entire program.
3. A current approved first aid certificate valid for their entire program.  Approved provider courses can be found at
4. A completed vaccination/immunisation card with all serology results containing expiry dates and currency must be maintained by the student to ensure compliance for their entire course.
5. NSW Undertaking/Declaration form.
6. Completed any additional health forms required (such as NSW Health Code of Conduct, Health Student Undertaking/Declaration and Tuberculosis (TB) Assessment Tool).
7. Relevant Local Health District specific documentation as requested.

Contact your School for further details. Resources are also available on the Placement Hub website


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Professional Placement Performance 5 weeks (APP) 80 Y Individual
Case Study 15 minutes 20 N Individual
Log/Workbook 5 to 10 pages Pass/Fail Y Individual

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