Course Title: Osteopathic Clinical Practice and Research 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Osteopathic Clinical Practice and Research 2

Credit Points: 24.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


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

Course Coordinator: Dr Sharyn Burke/ Dr Ray Myers

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6647

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Osteopathic Clinical Practice and Research 1

Course Description

Osteopathic Clinical Practice and Research is the integrative focus of the students learning experience at this stage of the program. While it has been divided into semesters, the courses are continued all year and student progression is determined by year long performance. The clinical practice component requires 38 weeks clinical attendance per year at 19 weeks per half year.
This course consist of two modules

  • Osteopathic Research Portfolio
  • Osteopathic Clinical Practice

Osteopathic Research Portfolio

Overall Description:

The clinical research modules are designed to develop the capacity within the students to undertake research process in a meaningful and intellectually rigorous manner. This culminates in the submission of a research portfolio.
Osteopathic Clinical Research Portfolio builds on the capacity developed in the research methods course and involves the students forming collaborative groups to undertake various clinical research activities.
The main research projects will be based around the activities in the student clinic with an emphasis on utilising the large reservoir of patient information available. Students would be required to prepare ethics proposals and minor grant applications as part of their portfolio. Supervising staff members will assess these.

The aim of this Module of the research portfolio is to expose students to the pre-planning and proposal stages of the research process.
Osteopathic Clinical Practice

Osteopathic Clinical Practice modules are a major component of the program. It is in these modules where students integrate all capabilities covered at this stage of this program and the pre-requisite undergraduate program.
Students in this module take full responsibility for the diagnosis, treatment and management of patients in the student teaching clinic. This module is purely clinical with no structured classroom teaching. Students spend one five-hour shift per week in the teaching clinic taking responsibility for their own patients and observing other students treat. Students use their clinic time to put into practice the knowledge and skills that they have acquired in their academic subjects.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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.

Functional Capabilities
FC1 - Diagnose the patient’s clinical presentation
FC2 - Perform osteopathic manipulative therapeutic procedures effectively, where appropriate
FC3 - Apply management strategies in order to produce positive outcomes for patients

Knowledge / Cognitive Capabilities
KC1 - Have a basis for understanding the scientific literature in manual medicine and related fields and the ability to put this understanding into effective use
KC2 - Information, locating, critically evaluating, managing and using a range of information
KC3 - Knowledge of when to refer the patient for other medical intervention

Personal / Behavioural Capabilities
PC1 - Adopt appropriate behaviours in dealing with patients’ concerns, including socially and ethnically sensitive communication skills and empathy
PC2 - 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
PC3 - Working independently or as part of the team in a multi-disciplinary setting

Values / Ethical Capabilities
VC1 - Engage in ethical clinical practice
VC2 - Make sound judgements, evidenced-based where possible in order to show duty of care to patients

1. Be able to integrate medical neuro-musculo-skeletal diagnosis with osteopathic diagnosis and technique, in order to achieve a positive outcome for a suitable real-world patient in a supervised clinical environment, consistent with osteopathic principles and practice

2. Be able to articulate the history of research in osteopathy and issues specific to osteopathic clinical research

Overview of Learning Activities

Overview of Learning Activities: Supervised Clinic:

Students are responsible for patient care in the university teaching clinic.

Individual and group research portfolio

Overview of Learning Resources

Recommended texts: (These are useful texts which support and complement the core material).
Copies of recommended texts will be placed on reserve in the Bundoora campus library for the period during which they are likely to be in high demand.

Overview of Assessment

Attendance Requirements, Direct Observation of Procedural Skills, Objective Standardised Clinical Examinations, Professional Behaviour, Assignments and Written exams that may be online

On going assessment of clinical performance both formative and summative.