Advanced Clinical Practice 2B

Subject PHTY90088 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 100 hours
Total Time Commitment:

136 hours


Any one of the following:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013
Not offered in 2013
Not offered in 2013

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Undergraduate degree in Physiotherapy together with clinical experience in musculoskeletal physiotherapy.

Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:




Melbourne School of Health Sciences

The University of Melbourne

Level 1, 200 Berkeley St

Carlton Victoria 3010 AUSTRALIA

T: +61 3 8344 6434

F: +61 3 8344 4188

Subject Overview:

This subject is directed at post graduate students in the field of musculoskeletal physiotherapy. It allows the theoretical concepts and practical skills learned in PHTY90084 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy A and PHTY90085 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy B, and clinical skills learned in PHTY90087 Advanced Clinical Practice 2A to be applied in the clinical setting. It aims to create an opportunity for students to refine in examination, differential diagnosis, patient education and management, including implementation of appropriate treatment regimes, exercise prescription and provision of patient education and advice as necessary.


On completion of this subject, students will have had the opportunity to further the knowledge and skills acquired in Advanced Clinical Practice 2A and to develop:

  • Advanced verbal and non-verbal communication skills
  • Advanced ability to perform an appropriate and flexible subjective and physical examination with complex patients using a range of domains
  • Enhanced analytical skills to evaluate data obtained
  • The ability to select optimal treatment options based on the best evidence and available resources
  • Advanced skills in the proficient and efficient execution of treatment techniques
  • The ability to develop and implement a clinical management plan relevant to the patient’s problems and goals
  • An awareness of the paramount importance of patient safety at all times
  • Enhanced appreciation of the health team’s approach to the management of neuro-musculoskeletal disorders
  • An appreciation of the limitations of musculoskeletal physiotherapy
  • High skill level of documentation appropriate to the patient and the clinical setting

Summative assessment - Two Clinical Examinations - Up to 3 hours total (75%)

  • Exam 1 (at end of 2nd clinic) - up to 1 hour with known patient (25%)
  • Exam 1 - up to 2 hours over 2 days with unknown patient (45%) Students must gain a pass in exam 2 in order to pass the subject
  • Case presentation during 2nd clinic 10-15 min (5%)

Formative assessment - Continuous supervisor clinical assessment based on performance criteria and case study presentation(25%)

  • At end of 1st clinic (mid semester) (10%)
  • At end of 2nd clinic (end of semester) (15%)
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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of the subject, students will have developed the following generic skills:

  • Critical thinking, problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Good written and verbal communication
  • Ability to apply evidence based knowledge and skills to patient management
  • Effective management of competing demands on time
  • Sensitivity and respect for the social and cultural diversity of individuals, organizations and communities in which they work
Related Course(s): Master of Physiotherapy (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy)

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