por5ece extended clin ed




Credit points: 30

Subject outline

In this subject students apply the professional skills developed in earlier clinical placements to extend their knowledge of Prosthetics and Orthotics in a clinical setting context. Upon successful completion of this subject, students must have demonstrated their ability to provide clinical & technical prosthetic & orthotic professional services under minimal guidance from a clinical supervisor. Emphasis is placed on providing students with an opportunity to further develop their assessment, diagnosis & treatment planning skills within their allocated facility as well as attending to a wide range of case management responsibilities. Students will develop advanced skills in an area of their own interest in prosthetics & orthotics within the structure of the subject. Before undertaking the work, each student must negotiate with the subject coordinator a learning contract defining the activity, including assessment.

SchoolSchool of Allied Health

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorKerry Fisher

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites POR4FAE and POR5TTE


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Students may need to undertake placement in rural locations, interstate or overseas. Students will be assigned to a subject instance that's compatible with their enrolment in this & other fourth year subjects -i.e. each student will be assigned to a group of subject instances that are timetabled to enhance participation & avoid clashes for students in that group. This is administered by the NCPO.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. ) Describe and justify your own learning needs related to your extended clinical experience: (a) Identify and clearly explain an advanced topic of interest; (b) Construct a succinct, well-evidenced argument to explain the relevance of your chosen topic to prosthetics and orthotics, and why the topic can be considered 'advanced'; (c) Clearly describe your own learning goals in your chosen topic; (d) document your learning goals on a learning contract and negotiate with the subject coordinator until they are approved.

Learning contract

02. ) Develop a learning plan that: clearly explains your preferred learning strategy (e.g., supervised individual placement,single-subject enrolment, independent study), the name of any organisation providing learning opportunities, the resources required and how you will access them, and the schedule, type and person responsible for feedback during your learning. Provide written documents to evidence your learning plan (eg: course curriculum summary, letter of support from a supervisor). Before starting the learning activities, present your learning plan to the subject coordinator. The subject coordinator will use the learning plan to negotiate a learning contract with you.

Learning contract

03. ) Plan assessment task(s) - equivalent to 2,500 words - to verify you have achieved your learning goals. When planning the assessment: (a) Identify and clearly describe observable measures (eg: written manuscript, functioning prosthesis, case report), (b) Clearly explain the standard against which your assessment tasks will be evaluated (eg: NCPO level 5 writing matrix, university passing grade), (c) Identify who is responsible for evaluating your work (eg: subject coordinator, clinical supervisor). Document the assessment tasks as part of your learning plan.

Learning contract

04. ) Behave in a manner reflective of health professionals under guidance of Clinical Supervisor: Discuss the responsibilities of individual practitioners, and contributions they may make, towards maintenance of an effective, harmonious work place; Discuss prosthetic and orthotic knowledge in breadth and depth required of graduate level practitioner; Work and communicate effectively within your department and with the greater Allied Health team; Practise in accordance with professional values and ethics in a socially diverse community; Model appropriate clinical behaviours including punctual attendance to all required clinical and technical sessions and appropriate clinical dress; Apply the principles of OH&S to ensure safe work environment for students and colleagues.

Skills practice

05. ) Perform a safe and effective client assessment, and formulate a clear treatment plan or prescription for the client under the guidance of Clinical Supervisors: (a) Analyse and interpret information given in a referral;(b) Plan and execute a safe, logical, efficient subjective and objective assessment of a client; (c) Formulate, document and justify evidence based prescriptions and treatment plans; (d) Communicate sensitively with a variety of clients,keeping them informed and establishing trust and respect.

Skills practice

06. ) Provide orthotic and prosthetic clinical services and treatment under the guidance of Clinical Supervisors: (a) Select appropriate techniques for creating impressions and measurements of Prosthetic and Orthotic clients, and then modify your impressions in a logical and efficient manner; (b) Safely use different fabrication processes for prosthetic and orthotic applications impressions in a logical and efficient manner; (c) Source appropriate components and devices for fitting to your client; (d) Provide and fit a range of complex, clinically realistic prostheses and orthoses and make adjustments as required; (e) Plan review appointments and provide adjustments to maintain optimum fitting.

Skills practice

07. ) Case-manage a client under the guidance of Clinical Supervisors: (a) Discuss the organisational and time critical processes involved in managing a client case load; (b) Independently and effectively manage all areas of a client case load; (c) Perform required administration tasks; (d) Source appropriate orthotic/prosthetic components and devices for your client in a timely manner; (e) Liaise with your client's family and interdisciplinary health professionals; (f) Use professionally recognised reporting standards to maintain clear, concise records of your client's assessments and progress.

Skills practice

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Week 28-46, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorStephanie Barnard

Class requirements

One 4.0 hours seminar per study period on weekdays during the day and delivered via face-to-face.
"Students will attend one 4-hour seminar following their clinical placement"

Placement - Off SiteWeek: 28 - 46
One 40.0 days placement - off site per study period on weekdays during the day from week 28 to week 46 and delivered via face-to-face.

One 5.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day and delivered via face-to-face.
"Students will attend one 5-hour lecture prior to commencing their clinical placement"


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Learning contract5001, 03, 02
one 20-minute clinical performace (2,000-word equivalent)2504, 06, 05, 07
one 40-minute individual clinical exam (OSCE) and one 10-minute exam (2,200-words equivalent)2504, 05, 06