Course Title: Osteopathic Diagnosis and Technique 4

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Osteopathic Diagnosis and Technique 4

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,
Sem 2 2014

Course Coordinator: Dr Ray Myers

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99257263

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

036738 Osteopathic Diagnosis and Technique 3

Course Description

Osteopathic Diagnosis and Technique 4 incorporates advanced training in Osteopathic Manipulative Technique (OMT) and theory.

• Specialty Technique
& Review

This course further develops theoretical understanding and psychomotor skills in osteopathic diagnosis and practice.
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..

Students are introduced to techniques that allow them to address a wide range of disease states. These modules expand the students’ theoretical and practical knowledge of the breadth and scope of osteopathy. They extend the students’ developing understanding of the osteopathic approach to a broad range of patient conditions. The acquisition of skills in these advanced osteopathic techniques continues to refine the students’ palpatory ability and their understanding and practice of osteopathic technique; and serves as the basis for continuation into post-professional training in speciality areas

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.

To be able to:
Provide osteopathic treatment appropriate to the stage of life of the patient
Be able to arrive at a list of differential diagnoses incorporating osteopathic and medical principles considering psychological and life-stage factors
Understand osteopathic principles in terms of addressing function
Be able to perform speciality technique to a basic standard

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

Overview of Learning Activities

Supervised clinic

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

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