Courses Handbook 2006 - [Archived]

306921 v.1 Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Physiotherapy


Course CRICOS Code: 049887G
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 2 Years


This course provides graduates with the opportunity to continue their professional development as a lifelong learner. It includes advanced clinically orientated units to enhance clinical reasoning and diagnostic skills, assessment, management and rehabilitation related to different clinical impairments and disabilities.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

A bachelor degree or equivalent qualification in physiotherapy is required from a recognised tertiary institution including a minimum of one years relevant clinical experience at a postgraduate level. These applicants must either be registered physiotherapists in Western Australia or be eligible for temporary registration from the Physiotherapists Registration Board of Western Australia.

Specific Requirements

Students are required to be registered with the Physiotherapist Registration Board of Western Australia if they undertake a unit involving clinical practice with Australia. Evidence of successful completion of an approved course in (CPR) first aid is required before an award is granted. Prospective applicants are advised that the program requires full participation in laboratory classes where practical skills and topics are presented. Essential learning strategies demand that all students disrobe appropriately to act as subjects for their peer group.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis. Successful applicants may apply for recognition of prior learning of up to two full units based on 12 months of full-time relevant clinical experience.

Duration and Availability

This fee-paying course is one year full-time or equivalent part-time study and is also available externally.

Intermediate Awards I

A student who has successfully completed the requirements of an approved intermediate award may apply for graduation in that award subject to approval of the Head of School/Department. Fees apply. Intermediate awards approved for this course appear below.

Intermediate Awards II

Graduate Certificate Clinical Physiotherapy.

Course Organisation

Two compulsory units are Evidence Based Practice 650 and Clinical Reasoning 650. However, students may apply for recognition of prior learning of these units if they have completed them in the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Physiotherapy.

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

Course Structure



Year 1 Semester 1

306922 v.1   Physiotherapy Clinical Practice 651 4.0 25.0
306929 v.1   Evidence Based Practice 650 4.0 25.0

Year 1 Semester 2

306923 v.1   Physiotherapy Clinical Practice 652 4.0 25.0
Optional units (No year level specified) Hrs/Wk Credits
5698 v.5   Organisational Behaviour 550 3.0 25.0
5955 v.2   Functional and Applied Anatomy 551 4.0 25.0
6055 v.6   Clinical Practice 551 15.0 50.0
6056 v.7   Physiology of Pain 552 2.0 12.5
6057 v.7   Pathology and Diagnosis 551 2.0 12.5
6938 v.3   Cognitive Ergonomics 503 5.0 25.0
6939 v.2   Physical Ergonomics 553 5.0 25.0
11470 v.2   Clinical Management 551 10.0 25.0
11474 v.2   Clinical Management 552 10.0 25.0
13054 v.2   Clinical Management 651 12.0 25.0
13056 v.2   Clinical Research 651 6.0 25.0
13057 v.2   Clinical Management 652 12.0 25.0
13073 v.2   Professional Practice 654 3.0 12.5
13077 v.2   Functional Rehabilitation 652 2.0 12.5
13142 v.2   Introduction to Ergonomics 555 5.0 25.0
303196 v.2   Musculoskeletal Science 552 6.0 25.0
303204 v.2   Musculoskeletal Science 651 6.0 25.0
303219 v.4   Musculoskeletal Specialisation 652 3.0 25.0
305729 v.1   Advanced Physiotherapy Science 551 4.0 25.0
305730 v.1   Advanced Physiotherapy Science 552 4.0 25.0
306923 v.1   Physiotherapy Clinical Practice 652 4.0 25.0
306926 v.1   Pulmonary Rehabilitation 651 2.0 25.0
306927 v.1   Physiotherapy Professional Development 651 4.0 25.0
306928 v.1   Clinical Reasoning 650 4.0 25.0
308274 v.1   Clinical Anatomy, Pathology and Diagnosis 751 4.0 25.0
308276 v.1   Musculoskeletal Practice 751 7.0 25.0
309349 v.1   Geography 113 - Natural Hazards - Geography of the Global Distribution, Causes and Impacts of Natural Hazards and Strategies Used to Minimise Risks 2.5 12.5
309437 v.1   Women Through Life Stages 650 4.0 25.0
309438 v.1   Human Continence 650 4.0 25.0
N1 In Year 1, Semester 2 students may enrol in an elective as opposed to optional units with the approval of the course coordinator


Year Location   All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 1 Y        
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 2 Y        

The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

*The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

#Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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