Credit points: 40

Subject outline

In this subject students are given the opportunity to develop skills in patient examination and differential diagnosis within a clinical reasoning paradigm. Supervised clinical practice encourages and facilitates rational decision making with respect to treatment selection, treatment progression and planning ongoing management programs. Students are also given the opportunity to integrate advanced manipulative physiotherapy manual techniques and exercise prescription into their clinical practice.

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences

Credit points40

Subject Co-ordinatorEdmund Leahy

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites PTY5LSE and PTY5PSM and PTY5PDM

Co-requisites PTY5CRM

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Offer is subject to sufficient enrolments

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsClinical reasoning for manual therapistsRecommendedJones, M., Rivett, D.BUTTERWORTH HEINEMANN, EDINBURGH, 2004.
ReadingsThe Sensitive Nervous SystemRecommendedButler, D.S.NOIGROUP PUBLICATIONS (2000),UNLEY SA.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Distance Education, 2014, All Year, Distance Education


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorEdmund Leahy

Class requirements

Placement - Off Site
One 20.0 days placement - off site per study period and delivered via blended.
"160 hours of supervised clinical practice, which will be accumulated over the year at hospital outpatient departments and private physiotherapy clinics."


Assessment elementComments%
2 x Clinical examinationsEach consisting of one 1-hr initial clinical assessment, one 30-min follow up treatment & 30 minutes of questions50
Clinical assessmentClinical report form completed at the end of each 40 hours of placement50