Course Title: Osteopathic Clinical Practice and Research 4

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Osteopathic Clinical Practice and Research 4

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,
Sem 2 2014

Course Coordinator: Dr Sharyn Burke/ Dr Ray Myers

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99256647

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Osteopathic Clinical Practise and research 3

Course Description

This course is designed to consolidate the skills developed in the first year of the masters program. It consists of three modules:

  • Osteopathic Clinical Practise
  • Introduction to private practise
  • Research portfolio

Osteopathic Clinical Practice is intended to support the students development of practitionership including taking responsibility for patient treatment and management. In this module students continue to put theory and classroom teaching into practice in the clinical setting. Academic courses in year two cover the organ systems of the body in greater depth, and their understanding assists students with differential diagnosis and clinical problem solving. 

Introduction to Private Practice is intended to teach the student how to manage their financial and business affairs either as an associate or as a practice manager.

Research Portfolio: Continuing project

Research Groups:
Each group will present a conference paper and a poster for group assessment and peer review, in second semester year 2.
This module allows students the time to analyse and consolidate their information and to produce drafts of their conference papers.
Once their peers and supervisors review these drafts the student will then proceed to complete their final conference paper and a poster. The student will present the paper and display the poster at a seminar at the end of semester 2.
Regular tutorials with the supervisor will enable constant feedback and process monitoring to occur.

The portfolio will then be submitted, this will contain:

  • minutes of group meetings;
  • records of individual activities;
  • drafts of proposals, applications etc;
  • copies of critical reviews of this and other group projects;
  • a reflective log guided by the questions of the supervisor; and
  • the final conference article

Each group will also submit the poster displayed at the seminar.

Other Research Portfolio Options: examined as per instruction

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Capability Level 4: At this level of capability application, integration and synthesis of all relevant factors enable unfamiliar situations to be researched and dealt with in an appropriate manner. The clinical applications incorporate all previous approaches to arrive at an appropriate patient care and management plan and the capacity to implement it or oversee it’s implementation.

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. Consolidate clinical decision-making processes.
  2. Consolidate patient management skills.
  3. Introduce treatment approaches for specific groups; including the pregnant, paediatric and geriatric patient.

Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course students shall be expected to:

  1. Display willingness to accept responsibility for the patient’s welfare.
  2. Have established satisfactory relationships with patients and be able to competently communicate with the general public.
  3. Recognise situations in which a patient should be referred and exercise judgement in deciding on appropriate care.
  4. Be able to competently and professionally communicate with other health care professionals.
  5. Exhibit a high level of competence in diagnosis, examination and treatment.
  6. Exhibit a high level of competence in providing rehabilitative and preventative health care.

Overview of Learning Activities

Students are responsible for patient care in the university teaching clinics.
Group and self directed activities
Group presentations

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

Clinic Portfolio
Students must maintain a portfolio of all their clinical activities for the year. This must include their student manual, a copy of their current first aid certificate, copies of on-going assessment forms, referral letters, case studies and completed clinic statistics forms.
Research Portfolio
Individual Research portfolios will be submitted and examined.along with the group submission of the article
The grade for the 3-semester research portfolio activity consitutes 50% of the grade of this course

The osteopathic examinations in this semester are the final examinations to satisfy government registration requirements. All osteopathic and clinical material delivered in the 5-year degree combination is examinable, and the osteopathic examinations therefore are combined