JCU Physiotherapy Clinical Educators Network

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JCU Physiotherapy Clinical Educators Network

Physiotherapy students must successfully complete 30 weeks in total of supervised clinical experience to graduate with James Cook University (JCU).  Prior to commencing placement students must have successfully completed all pre-clinical subjects.

The 30 weeks is comprised of six five-week placements distributed over two semesters: three placements in Semester 2 of 3rd year making up the first Clinical Education subject (PS3005/PS3105) and three placements in Semester 1 of 4th year making up the second Clinical Education subject (PS4001/PS4101).

These placements are done consecutively and are frequently outside of Townsville. Therefore the students are ‘away’ from the University for approximately 12 months.

The six placement areas are as follows:

  • Five Core units:
    • two in Acute care
    • one in Neurology/Rehabilitation
    • one in Musculoskeletal practice
    • one Rural placement
  • One  Non-Core/Elective unit, for example:          
    • paediatrics
    • women’s health
    • spinal cord injury
    • burns
    • private practice
    • animal physiotherapy and other specialist areas

Although the word ‘core’ is used in this instance a core placement is not more important than a non-core. While students must have experience in each clinical area they must also be confident and safe in managing these conditions in their acute and chronic stages, and in clients of all age  groups across the lifespan. While it not possible to have a ‘core’ placement or everything the elective/ non-core placement allows time for the ‘core experiences’ of for example, working with children/paediatrics, working within the community/community health, managing  chronic cardiorespiratory conditions, women’s health and many more.

This ‘non-core/ elective/other’ placement is conducted in a variety of settings the diversity of which is highly valued.

The Musculoskeletal placement provides exposure to and training in acute and chronic orthopaedic conditions in the outpatient setting, and is conducted  in the JCU Physiotherapy Musculoskeletal Clinic on campus as a core placement. Outpatient musculoskeletal placements as a second, non-core/elective  placement occur in a variety of public and private settings throughout  Queensland.

The Acute care placement provides exposure  to and training in inpatient medical/surgical, inpatient orthopaedic, immediate inpatient neuro, and acute and chronic cardiorespiratory conditions across the lifespan.

The Neurological/Rehabilitation placement provides exposure to and training in neurological, orthopaedic and cardiorespiratory  rehabilitation and can be located within hospital settings or in a defined rehabilitation facility.

Rural placements are conducted throughout Queensland and sometimes interstate; they are ‘core’ but not clinically-specific.

Other/Elective placements are conducted in  various settings.

Timetable

Eight five-week Clinical Education Units (CEUs) are available for allocation for each cohort – four consecutive blocks in Semester Two of third year and four consecutive blocks in Semester One of fourth year (see table below for the 6th cohort), of which students will choose 6 placements. (They  have  one  5  week  period  of  ‘rest’  per  Semester).

Rural placements are not undertaken until students have successfully completed their musculoskeletal (M/S) placement.

  • Clinical Education Units for Semester 2, 2015/ Semester 1, 2016
  • Clinical Education Units (CEUs) available for placements for 9th Cohort

Semester One 2017

JCU CEU 5 CEU 6 CEU 7 CEU 8 CEU 9
QH BLOCK 1 BLOCK 2 BLOCK 3 BLOCK 4 BLOCK 5
Dates 23.1.17 27.2.17 3.4.17 8.5.17 12.6.17
  24.2.17 31.3.17 5.5.17 9.6.17 14.7.17

Semester Two 2017

JCU CEU 1 CEU 2 CEU 3 CEU 4
QH BLOCK 6 BLOCK 7 BLOCK 8 BLOCK 9
Dates 17.7.17 21.8.17 25.9.17 30.10.17
  18.8.17 22.9.17 27.10.17 1.12.17

Semester One 2018

JCU CEU 5 CEU 6 CEU 7 CEU 8 CEU 9
QH BLOCK 1 BLOCK 2 BLOCK 3 BLOCK 4 BLOCK 5
Dates 22.1.18 26.2.18 2.4.18 7.5.18 11.6.18
  23.2.18 30.3.18 3.5.18 8.6.18 13.7.18

Program example

Year

Semester 1

Semester 2

1      
  • Physio Subject – Intro to physio; EBP;
  • Anat & phys – upper limb
  • ‘Health Professional subjects – Communication, Intro to health environment
  • E-Portfolio, Career Development Modules (CDM)
  • Physio Subject –Physio Applications: skills, massage ice/ heat, walking aids
  • Anat & phys –lower limb
  • HP – Health in Australia, Lifespan
  • E-Portfolio, CDM
  • Clinical Placements – massage clinic; observations in NGO’s and Aged Care
2      
  • Physio – Neuroanatomy, motor control, motor learning, movement analysis
  • HP – Research & Health promotion
  • E-Portfolio, CDM
  • Clinical Placements – massage clinic
  • Physio – Electro, MS, Cardio, neuro/lifespan
  • HP – Clinical Medicine, Rural & remote
  • E-Portfolio, CDM
  • Clinical Placements -two acute placements in local hospitals, massage clinic, geriatric and paeds pre-placement, exercise programs in Aged Care, hydro etc
3      
  • Physio – preclinical MS, CR & Neuro, pre-clinical preparation, Chronic and Complex Conditions, simulation
  • HP – Research
  • E-Portfolio, CDM&
  • Clinical Placements – MSK OPD obs, ex prog in Aged Care
  • Clinical placements (3 x 5 weeks)
  • Learning Plans, Demo Data, Review of Placement,
  • ePortfolio
4      
  • Clinical placements (3 x 5 weeks)
  • Learning Plans, Demo Data, ROP, ePortfolio
  • Physio - Advanced Topics, Contemporary Physio Issues
  • HP – Health-law-ethics, Health Planning/Management
  • E-Portfolio, CDM

For Subject Outlines see Educator’s Manual in Resources (below).

The timing of all five-week placement blocks is aligned with other Universities in Queensland.

JCU uses the assessment tool: the Assessment of Physiotherapy Practice.