Department of Physiotherapy

Thank you for choosing a student from the School of Physiotherapy. We believe clinical placements are an integral learning opportunity aimed at building a student’s confidence and familiarity with the clinical environment.  Students are given the opportunity to build on their assessment and treatment skills  and apply them in a meaningful clinical context.

While it is beneficial for students to have opportunities to observe supervisors and other staff, it is also encouraged that students, wherever possible, interact with patients and staff and develop skills in assessment, treatment and communication. It is expected that students display a high level of professional behaviour and patient safety at all times. It is also envisaged that students start to gain a stronger appreciation of the diverse roles of physiotherapists as well as an understanding of various members of the multidisciplinary team.

Placements will also assist students to gain a greater understanding of the public health context. It is also required that students be orientated to their respective clinical environments.  This may include aspects such as hospital policies and procedures including incident reporting, privacy and confidentially, record keeping, occupational health and safety, infection control, manual handling etc. The three main subjects that offer clinical placements are Cardiorespiratory clinical practice, Neurological physiotherapy and Musculoskeletal clinical practice. For further information, please click on the respective tabs below.

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Need Help?

For Cardiorespiratory:
Aiden Smart
Subject Coordinator
e: aiden.smart@unimelb.edu.au
For Neurological phsyiotherapy:
Natalie Fini
Course Coordinator
e: natalie.fini@unimelb.edu.au
For Musculoskeletal clinical practice:
Dr David Kelly
Coordinator
e: d.kelly@unimelb.edu.au