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Fieldwork

Fieldwork/clinical placements provide you with important opportunities to learn through direct experience. During placement, you’ll put your professional role, knowledge and skills into practice in authentic physiotherapy and exercise science work settings. You’ll engage with people from diverse backgrounds, including other health professionals you may work alongside in the future.



Opportunities

Our fieldwork partnerships offer challenging and rewarding learning experiences. They include:

  • Fremantle Football Club
  • Hockey Australia
  • Fiona Stanley Hospital
  • Royal Perth Hospital
  • Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital
  • Cockburn Aquatic and Recreation Centre
  • Western Australian Country Health Service

Future students

Please read the following essential requirements for fieldwork/clinical placement before you enrol in a course.

You do not need to meet these requirements before you enrol, but it’s important you understand your obligations so you can successfully complete the placement component of your course.

Exercise, Sports and Rehabilitation Science

The majority of placements take place in the Perth metropolitan area, but there are opportunities for you to complete placements in regional, interstate and international settings.

You will undertake a fieldwork placement during your third year. You are required to complete a minimum of 140 hours at a Curtin University-allocated site, working mainly with healthy populations.

Fieldwork placements can occur in a range of settings including:

The course’s essential fieldwork requirements are listed below:

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Physiotherapy

The majority of placements take place in the Perth metropolitan area, but there are opportunities for you to complete placements in regional, interstate and international settings.

You will complete approximately 1,100 hours of clinical practice in total across all years of study.

Under the supervision of qualified therapists, you will be required to assess, treat and manage clients/patients of all ages. These learning experiences range from short-term half day placements to longer-term full time placements of four to five weeks.

Clinical placements can occur in a range of settings, such as acute care, rehabilitation and community.

Placement locations include but are not limited to:

  • public and private hospitals
  • outpatient departments
  • non-government organisations
  • aged care facilities
  • private practices
  • sporting organisations
  • schools
  • corporate health and wellness settings including Curtin’s Health and Wellness Centre.

The course’s essential clinical placement requirements are listed below:

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Current students

Read about your obligations as a current student and find links to useful resources.

Important information for current students

In the field, you will be representing yourself, your course or chosen profession, and Curtin University. You are expected to demonstrate professional attitudes and behaviour at all times.

As a student, you must satisfactorily complete all fieldwork activities, pass assessment requirements and demonstrate attributes associated with professional conduct. To facilitate this, you should refer to your unit outline, Blackboard and the fieldwork manual, and read the important information on essential fieldwork requirements.

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