This clinical practicum unit of study will utilise a service learning placement model which aims to develop in students a better understanding of the health care system and an appreciation of the diversity of health care delivery. The unit enables students to engage in an independent learning module in a health care setting. The placement is scheduled to occur concurrently with two on-campus academic units in semester 1, year 4. The placement must be in an area of health care and normally will have a community focus. The purpose of this unit of study is not to develop hands on skills as a physiotherapist, but to broaden the student's perspective on current and future roles and scope of physiotherapy practice within the broader spectrum of health. The placement will provide opportunities for students to experience emerging areas of practice for physiotherapists for example mental health and opportunities to work interprofessionally. The students will be offered the opportunity to develop independent learning skills by the fulfilment of a learning contract specific to a situation, as well as work independently with guidance from practicum mentors and academic advisors. Independent study via a learning contract has been incorporated into this unit of study as a mode of offering greater flexibility and diversity in the place and pace of study. It is envisaged that skills such as negotiation, time management, accountability, and meeting deadlines will be enhanced. Students will also be required to reflect upon, and critically review the process and outcomes of their learning contract.
40hrs off campus in various combinations (full time or part time), 1x2-hr preparation lecture/sem (conducted in S2C of the previous year) on-campus, 2x1hr learning contract negotiation/sem on-campus, online participation
learning contract (10%), participation in online discussion board (30%), written report (60%)