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Clinical Resources

Evidence Databases

PEDro Database

PEDro is the Physiotherapy Evidence Database. PEDro is a free database of over 22,000 randomised trials, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy. For each trial, review or guideline, PEDro provides the citation details, the abstract and a link to the full text, where possible.
Hosted by the University of Sydney and can be accessed at PEDro Database.

Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library is an international database that provides reliable and up-to-date information on the effects of interventions in health care.
For access to the Cochrane website click Cochrane Library.

National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

The peak Australian government body for health & medical research, it provides a range of useful information including a very extensive listing of National Health & Medical Research Council Clinical Guidelines.

National Institute of Clinical Studies (NICS)

Under the umbrella of the National Health & Medical Research Council the NICS provides a range of clinical guidelines, for example National Institute of Clinical Studies Pain Management

Physiotherapy Choices Consumer Database

Physiotherapy Choices is a database designed for use by consumers of physiotherapy services, including patients, their friends and families, health service managers, and insurers. The Physiotherapy Choices site can be searched easily by a lay person and can be accessed at Physiotherapy Choices Consumer Database.

Other Websites

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

AHPRA has published codes and guidelines to provide guidance for allied health professionals via their various subsidiary boards.


SimNET is the online portal for simulation education and training resources. It will allow clinicians and educators to share high quality simulation resources to facilitate the delivery of simulation learning experiences.

SimNET is being developed in a number of phases. Each phase will provide additional functionality and resources to support the use of simulation for education in healthcare. The first phase of SimNET introduces a searchable Simulation in Health Directory of simulation providers and programs in Australia, a data dictionary of a range of simulation terms and generic position descriptions for simulation roles.

SimNET is supported by Health Workforce Australia, an initiative of the Australian Government.

Clinical Skills Scorecard

How well are your clinical skills working for you?

Find out with this quick and simple scorecard.

The only real way to know if you need help with your clinical skills is to score yourself as objectively as possible in each of the areas as a health professional service provider as outlined below.

This Clinical ScoreCard is designed to help you understand exactly where you are with your clinical skills. What's working, what's not working and where do you need to pay the most attention to improve your client management.

Like a numerical pain rating scale, score yourself from 0 to 10 for each statement below. Just put your score in the fields provided and the subtotals and total will fill in automatically. Score yourself based on the frequency you implement each of the items listed in the scorecard.

0 - Never
2 - Sporadically
4 - Inconsistently
6 - Occasionally
8 - Consistently
10 - Always


A note about this scorecard. The areas on the scorecard are all action-oriented items.They are areas you need to know, do and have, to be a good clinician. The trick is recognising what areas to improve on and then how to get there.

Professional Behaviour & Standard Score
I understand, explain and record the client’s rights and their consent 0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
I demonstrate commitment to learning through regular review of textbooks, attendance of courses and in-clinic professional development 0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
I am confident to conduct an assessment & treatment in front of peers 0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
Applied Anatomy Skills
I know how to assess strength and endurance in the cervical spine flexors and extensors 0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
I know how to position the client and the correct needle insertion angle and depth for upper trapezius 0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
I know the peripheral nerve distributions in the shin and foot 0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
I know 5 clinical tests to indicate involvement of SIJ pathology 0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
I know 5 muscles which have trigger points referring into C6 dermatome 0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
I know 4 muscles that elevate the mandible 0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
Red & Yellow Flags
I know what 3 key factors that indicate red flag pathology 0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
I know when yellow flags become more important and what questionnaires to use for their assessment 0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
Pain & Chronicity
I can describe the 4 cardinal findings of acute trauma 0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
I know the clinical descriptors and 2 questionnaires to assess neuropathic pain 0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
I can describe the four main types of pain 0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
Client Management
I am confident interpreting my assessment findings 0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
I am confident in selecting interventions & progressing appropriately 0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
I am able to identify and prioritise client’s problems 0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
Evidence-based Practice
I search, review or download articles from Cochrane, PEDro or other online journals 0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
I apply evidence-based practice when available in all client care decisions 0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
Risk Management
I understand the ethical, legal & safety issues associated with dry needling 0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10

Your Score

Total your score and divide by 2 for your Final Score. Your score indicates how successful you are overall at managing a range of acute, subacute and chronic clients, that present with a variety of clinical conditions.


0 to 20 - You are struggling to manage clients and feel overwhelmed with case management
21 to 40 - Your successes with clients are hit and miss
41 to 60 - It is a struggle to predict client outcomes from your management strategies
61 to 80 - You have good clinical skills over a range of body areas, time frames and chronicity
81 to 100 – You enjoy your work, professional development and teaching

If you want to increase your client management skills, as well as your client outcomes, we have the courses and programs available to fast track your clinical skills.

Click Here to go to the Courses Section to select which course you need.

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AAP Education provides educational experiences to aspirational  Physiotherapists, so they can better assist their clients achieve optimal health. The information in this Free Stuff section is an example of the educational experiences that AAP Education provides.

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Your Step by Step Guide to Successful Management of Acute Lumbar Pain

Have you ever had someone crawl into your practice, because of their back pain? I have, pretty scary first time!

Do you feel confused, overwhelmed or even frightened as to what to do or say to help?back pain1

This article is ideal for new and recent physiotherapy graduates unsure what to do when presented with a client in severe pain as a result of acute lumbar pathology. Over many years I have refined & applied these 5 steps. They provide a concise framework, integrating evidence-based research and will enable you to appropriately manage even clients that crawl into your practice.

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