HSPT505 – Professional and Interprofessional Practice

Module code
Module title
Professional and Interprofessional Practice
To introduce concepts of physiotherapy professional practice and interprofessional practice, in Aotearoa New Zealand and globally.
  • HS1901
NZQA Level
Level 5
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Enhanced
Learning hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Teaching and Learning Strategy
May include: Project-based Learning; Flipped Classroom; Blended Learning; Work-integrated Learning; Inclusive Practices.
Methods may include workshops and practical classes, tutorials, case-based learning, inquiry-based learning, group activities & discussion, supported online learning, e-portfolio, practice simulation.
This module will include clinical observation (minimum of 30 hours across the semester)

Professional concepts:
Subjective examination, history taking, and effective, culturally responsive communication with clients
History and context of physiotherapy in Aotearoa New Zealand
Professional accountability to Te Tiriti o Waitangi / Treaty of Waitangi
Global trends in physiotherapy
Communication with clients, whaanau, and other members of the healthcare team
Ethical and legal requirements of practice in Aotearoa New Zealand
Consumer rights and the Health and Disability Commissioner
Person and whaanau-centred care, shared decision making, self-management, goal setting
Client/patient advocacy
Cultural intelligence, cultural competence, cultural safety and cultural responsiveness
Evidence-based practice, critical appraisal of the literature, clinical guidelines
Introduction to research and rangahau
Personal reflective practice, goal setting, peer review, decision making, personal risk and care, resilience
Client safety, risk management and preventable harm

Interprofessional Practice and Teamwork Concepts:
Person-centred care
Whaanau-centred care
Professional advocacy
Introduction to team leadership
Interprofessional service delivery/service improvement
Learning Outcomes
1. Describe the history of physiotherapy and its place in healthcare in Aotearoa New Zealand.
2. Discuss the national regulation of the health professions, health law and ethics as it relates to practitioner/patient/client/consumer rights and the implementation of safe, ethical and legal practice.
3. Discuss professional, cultural and person and whaanau-centered concepts in the context of physiotherapy practice.
4. Demonstrate effective and culturally responsive communication and practice.
5. Appraise interprofessional practice and the role of the physiotherapist in an interprofessional team
Assessment Criteria
Work Integrated Learning (WIL) requirements - this assessment must be passed to pass the module.
The portfolio is comprised of multiple components including evidence of minimum of 30 hours of clinical observation.
Students need to provide evidence against all learning outcomes, and gain an overall mark of 50% to pass this module.

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