At PhysioChoice we have a unique, innovative and comprehensive new graduate development programme that has been created and refined over 15 years.

The components of this extensive programme are:

  • Operations Manual – comprehensive information (over 200 pages) on all the policies and procedures involved in working in a GPG private practice including areas not covered in under-graduate programmes such as compensable bodies and clinical strategies
  • Clinical Mentorship – the allocation of an experienced clinical mentor to guide and mentor each new graduate including case reviews to promote active case based learning
  • Continuing Education Allowance – a generous annual allowance for continuing education courses is provided to ensure that all new graduates have the opportunities to pursue their own areas of special interest and consolidate their learning in various clinical areas
  • Development Days (Core) – the provision of 7 full day paid continuing education days over the first two years of graduation that are run internally and provide all of the learning required to build comprehensive and high level skills as a private practice clinician

Some additional information is provided below on the Core Development Days.

Core Development Days

Core Development Day 1: Introduction to Private Practice

  • Core Development Day 1 is a prerequisite to commencing clinical practice. This development day is held on the Friday before commencing your first day at PhysioChoice.
    The purpose of this day is to explore what “successful physiotherapy practice” is and how to effectively prepare and plan for clinical scenarios, and how to implement clinical reasoning strategies so that you can effectively manage a growing caseload.

Core Development Day 2: Lumbar Spine

  • The lumbar spine is the first of a series to run in an order that becomes familiar for the remaining core development courses. This course is run in a logical order. Initially introduced in CDC1 and encompasses subjective assessments, physical examinations, specialist tests, diagnostic strategy with associated case studies, x-ray interpretations, prognosis guidelines, treatment and management of fractures and common operations.

Core Development Day 3: Cervical & Thoracic Spine

  • Often cervical dysfunction is often coupled with dysfunction within the thoracic region. Rather than isolating these two anatomical regions, Development Day 3 focuses on
    assessing, diagnosing, treating and managing cervical and thoracic pathology. During this session you will have the opportunity to practice and refine your manual handling skills at our training facility, learn about common physiological issues surrounding the neck and back and work with your peers to establish methods of best practice when
    managing clients presenting with issues in relation to the cervical and thoracic spine.

Core Development Day 4: The Shoulder

  • The shoulder is the most dynamic join in the human body and its structure is unique and complex. The shoulder can be very difficult toassess, treat and diagnose and can
    be an area that new graduates find difficult to address. Development Day 4 provides our new graduates with a holistic understanding of the shoulder, and how to effectively troubleshoot and manage this complex area of the body, with an emphasis on a clear biomechanical assessment and targeted mobilisation and exercise prescription.

Core Development Day 5: The Knee

  • Whether young or old, the knee is a common source of pain throughout the lifespan. Core Development Day 5 focuses on understanding the anatomy of the knee, common mechanisms of injury and how to successfully assess, diagnose, treat and manage a multitude of injuries/ pathology affecting the knee – everything from sporting injuries to osteoarthritis in the elderly. The session explores the often difficult area of differential diagnosis including the important role of the patella-femoral joint.

Core Development Day 6: The Hip and Ankle

  • On Development Day 6, new graduate physiotherapists will be guided through how to effectively assess, diagnose, treat and manage pathology surrounding the hip joint and the ankle joint. Building upon the knowledge and skills gained in Development Day 5, this session will efficiently summarise the common injuries/ pathologies of the lower extremity and provide our new graduates with the capability to confidently identify the relationships between the major anatomical structures of the lower limb and become holistic problem solvers to ensure best practice when treating patients.

Core Development Day 7: The Elbow, Wrist and Hand

  • The hand is a highly innervated, dexterous and useful component of the human body. People use their hands every day to complete numerous tasks. Whether the task at hand is novel or whether it be an essential act of daily living, the ability to use one’s hands is paramount. The hand, wrist and elbow is a complicated region to assess, diagnose, treat and manage. Development Day 7 will explore the complexity of the upper limb and encourage confidence in new graduates to assess this region with competency.