Physiotherapists are experts in the management of movement disorders. In the hospital setting, physiotherapists work in a variety of areas e.g. orthopaedics, neurology, cardiorespiratory, cancer care, cardiac care, geriatrics and rehabilitation in the home.


Facilities and Services

Physiotherapists are experts in the management of movement disorders. In the hospital setting, physiotherapists work in a variety of areas e.g. orthopaedics, neurology, cardiorespiratory, cancer care, cardiac care, geriatrics and rehabilitation in the home. At St Vincent’s, our physiotherapists provide a range of therapies to assist patients to maintain or restore their function. The Physiotherapy Department provides clinical services across a spectrum of acute, sub-acute and outpatient services at St Vincent’s Hospital, St George’s Hospital, Caritas Christi and other community centres.


Speciality Courses

Physiotherapy skills in the management of the critical care patient: An Immersive Simulation Course 

When:     12th and 13th May 2016 
Time: 8:00am – 5:00pm 
Where:     Medical Education Centre, St Vincent’s Hospital, Level 3, 41 Victoria Parade Fitzroy
Cost:     $500 

Run by St Vincent’s Hospital Physiotherapy Department 

This two day course is held in the state of the art high-fidelity Simulation Centre at St Vincent’s Hospital. With only twelve participants facilitated by four experienced cardiorespiratory physiotherapists, with expert skills in simulation.

The course is ideal for recent graduates or those with limited ICU experience and will cover management of the haemodynamically unstable patient, general assessment of the ICU patient, early rehabilitation and cardiorespiratory management of the long-stay ICU patient. 
The course combines small group skills sessions and immersive simulation sessions to allow participants to practice suctioning, tracheostomy care, ECG interpretation, invasive and non-invasive ventilation, and early rehabilitation. 
The educational package will address both routine clinical management of ICU patients, as well as the prevention, detection, and management of adverse incidents in the critical care setting. 

Enquiries and Registration via email to:

Tumour symposium

Building E - Michael Chamberlin Lecture Theatre
Date: TBA
Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Where: 41 Victoria Parade Fitzroy 
Cost: $70.00

Enquiries and Registration via email to:


Preparing for your Clinical Placement

The information contained in this page has been designed to maximise your experience as a student of St Vincent’s Clinical School. It contains important information for your upcoming clinical placement. Please ensure that you become familiar with the information in preparation for your clinical placement. Some of the content is accessible from your electronic device and some will only be accessible via the intranet once you are logged into the St Vincent’s Hospital network. There are also links to external sites with further resources to assist the preparation for your clinical placement. 

The following items should be current and brought with you on the first day of your placement. 

  • National Police check Any positive Police Checks must be disclosed to the university and clinical supervisor prior to commencement of your clinical placement.
  • Hand Hygiene certificate Students should complete the Hand Hygiene on-line learning package (on completion, print certificate and bring to clinic).

Attendance & Absences

Clinical hours will vary depending on your clinic and each block will have a detailed roster that is issued to students (refer to the relevant timetable for individual clinic hours or the Clinical Education Co-ordinator at University for further details). It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they are at the right place at the right time.

In order to maximise the clinical experience, full attendance is required and students are only allowed those holidays taken by the Physiotherapy Department. Permission will not be given to attend medical or dental appointments unless approved by the clinical placement supervisor. All clinics allow one working day off (Fridays) which is when such appointments should be organised.  Extended absence from clinical placements will need to be discussed with the supervisor and/or Associate Clinical Dean.

If a student is delayed or unable to attend their clinical placement, they should contact their main clinical supervisor (by telephone, see numbers below) by 08:00 on the day. Messages and late phone calls are not acceptable. If the main supervisor is unavailable please contact one of the others.  All time taken as sick leave when on clinical placement must be verified with a medical certificate or statutory declaration which should be handed to the main supervising physiotherapist on return to the clinical placement.  Be prepared to discuss possible return to work, ie. observation, shorter hours, infection risks, etc. to minimise missed clinical time.

Statistics must be entered by all students to account for the clinical time (your clinical supervisor will show you how to complete statistics).
Acute: 9231 3827
Subacute: 9231 2059
St Georges: 9816 0444


Students are expected to look neat and professional at all times during clinical placements. They should wear correct University-designated uniform, closed-toed shoes and hair tied back, as needed.

Identification Badges

Students will be issued with an identification badge which must be worn at all times during the clinical placement. If the badge is lost, it must be immediately reported to your supervisor and the Physiotherapy Manager will issue a replacement card (at a cost to the student). 


Lockers are provided for each student for the duration of the clinic. These will be issued on the first day of clinic (cost $10, refundable). It is recommended that you do not bring any items of value to clinic. All personal belongings must be secured in your locker before you go to the wards.
Mobile phones

Mobile phones are not to be used during clinical time and should not be carried on the wards. Mobile phone use on the wards/in outpatients is deemed as unprofessional behaviour.

Computer Access

Your clinical supervisor will advise you which computers are available for student access on the wards. The library is also an excellent source for references and computers in the Carl Gruchy Library, Fitzroy campus are available for student use. Audiovisual equipment is available for some independent study. No material is to be removed from the department.   

Medical Records

The medical records for inpatients are held on the respective wards (current admission). For outpatients, records are available on-line via Medical Records Online (MRO). 

Privacy and Confidentiality

Please refer to the Hospitals Privacy and Confidentiality Agreement. Students must adhere to the policies and ensure patients consent to student observation, assessment and treatment. Patient information must be de-identified for any case presentations.

Infection Control Procedure

Students must adhere to the St Vincent’s Hospital infection control procedures.

Accident Procedures

All accidents involving students or patients being treated by students, must be reported to the supervising physiotherapist immediately and the Physiotherapy Manager. An online incident form will be completed and the relevant medical/nursing staff informed of the incident.  

University Affiliations

  • The University of Melbourne
  • Monash University  
  • La Trobe University


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