Course Title: Osteopathic Diagnosis and Technique 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Osteopathic Diagnosis and Technique 1

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013

Course Coordinator: Dr Ray Myers

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99257263

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Assumed knowledge
Osteopathic undergraduate training in Principles, Diagnosis, Clinical presentations and techniques including articulation, MET, axial HVLA and Counterstrain

Course Description

Osteopathic Diagnosis and Technique 1 incorporates advanced training in Osteopathic Manipulative Technique (OMT) and theory.

Capability Level 3: This level requires the application and integration of previous levels with the concurrent courseware into expanded clinical problems. The clinical scope is expanded to include medical diagnosis and approaches to systemic diseases.
Osteopathic Diagnosis and Technique 1 has 4 modules that build upon skills and knowledge developed in the undergraduate program.

This course further develops theoretical understanding and psychomotor skills in osteopathic diagnosis and practice, including an introduction to functional technique, the continued development of skill in high velocity-low amplitude techniques, and exercise and rehabilitation protocols used in patient management.
This course also provides support for the student’s developing patient care responsibilities in the student teaching clinics. The capacity to integrate the materials presented in this course is examined in the clinical practice courses. See course guide for Clinical Practice and Research 1. 

Osteopathic Indirect Technique

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Capabilities contributed to:
Diagnose the patient’s clinical presentation
Perform osteopathic manipulative therapeutic procedures effectively, where appropriate
Apply management strategies in order to produce positive outcomes for patients
Have a basis for understanding the scientific literature in manual medicine and related fields and the ability to put this understanding into effective use
Information, locating, critically evaluating, managing and using a range of information
Knowledge of when to refer the patient for other medical intervention
Adopt appropriate behaviours in dealing with patients’ concerns, including socially and ethnically sensitive communication skills and empathy
Engage personally with a body of knowledge by ongoing learning, reflection and analysis and to implement best practice evidence-base practice where the evidence exists
Working independently or as part of the team in a multi-disciplinary setting
Engage in ethical clinical practice
Make sound judgements, evidenced-based where possible in order to show duty of care to patients

To be able to:
To be able to perform Osteopathic technique
Manage a patients recovery through exercise rehabilitation

Overview of Learning Activities

Supervised Clinic
Self Directed Learning

Overview of Learning Resources

You must have access to prescribed texts.

These are available in the library some on closed reserve

Overview of Assessment

Practical examinations: Viva-Voce style and demonstration of technique 3
Written theory examination

 Students must obtain a passing grade in  both the practical and theoretical examinations,of each module of the course.

In order to obtain a passing grade (50%) in practical assessment, students must demonstrate competence in seven out of any ten clinical procedures examined.

Attendance Requirements:
In order to prevent potential injury to participants in practical examinations students must attend 90% of all osteopathic technique practical classes. Students who attend less than 90% of classes will be required to do make up work as directed by the supervising lecturer. Students who attend less than 70% of classes will not be eligible to sit practical examinations and will fail the course. Students who have an injury that prevents them from participating in practical classes, e.g. a broken arm, must attend classes and observe