Course Title: Osteopathic Diagnosis and Technique 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Osteopathic Diagnosis and Technique 2

Credit Points: 12.00

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 Ray Myers

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99257263

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

036731 Osteopathic Diagnosis and Technique 1

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 2 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 speciality technique 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. 

Speciality Technique
This module introduces students to  speciality osteopathic techniqueand builds upon information from Clinical Medicine 1 & 2 and applies approaches introduced in Osteopathic Diagnosis and Technique 1.

Exercise Rehabilitation
This module aims to teach students a range of exercise modalities and specific techniques which they can apply in Osteopathic practice. It will expand students abilities in prescribing exercise therapy and developing rehabilitation programs as a tool in Osteopathic practice. The material is continued from this module in Osteopathic Diagnosis and Technique 1.
This module provides part of the foundation knowledge for the patient management focus of the final year of the program.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Capabilities contributed to:
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
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
PC1 Adopt appropriate behaviors 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
VC1 Engage in ethical clinical practice
VC2 Make sound judgments, evidenced-based where possible in order to show duty of care to patients

To be able to:
provide osteopathic treatment to a range of viscerally related dysfunctions
be able to arrive at a list of differential diagnoses incorporating osteopathic and medical principles and manage a patients recovery through prescribing exercise rehabilitation

Overview of Learning Activities


Overview of Learning Resources

Prescribed text:
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