Course Title: Clinical Health Management and Nutrition

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Clinical Health Management and Nutrition

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


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

Course Coordinator: Dr Ray Myers

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7263

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

This course is designed specifically for the osteopathy program.  The knowledge gained in year one and two studies in osteopathy is assumed.

Course Description

The course "Clinical Health Management and Nutrition" is divided intomodules that are designed to prepare the student for the responsibilty of patient care in clinical practice.
The modules are:
1) Nutrition
2) Clinical Health Management (Management of health and patient care in clinical practice)

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Capabilities contributed to:
FC1 Diagnose the patient’s clinical presentation
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

Learning Outcomes/Objectives
1) The nutrition module is an introduction to basic and clinical nutrition information relevant to clinical practice. It is in reality only an overview, as this field is a clinical discipline in its own right. Topics include basic foods and food groups, vitamins and minerals, deficiency states and supplementation, mode of action within the body, common fallacies about foods, popular diets and nutritional assistance in the management of common conditions such as pain, inflammation and degeneration of the joints.
2) The clinical health management module prepares the student for the responsibility of caring for others in a clinical setting. The following concepts in community health and wellness will be discussed:
a) the community of the 21st Century;
b) enabling health and wellness in primary healthcare;
c) determinants of health, illness and disability, and
d) health promotion.
Within the broad context of sustainable health it covers:
a) concepts of health as they relate to children, adolescents, adults, the aging process, families;
b) some specific issues relating to gender and race;
c) Healthy workplaces and schools, and
d) Policies and politics of health promotion.

Overview of Learning Activities

The planned student learning experiences in this course, in addition to providing discipline specific knowledge, skills and capabilities, integrate the basic and human science courses within the program. In the osteopathy modules, the knowledge gained in the other courses becomes applied to the living human organism and studied in states of health and disease. 

Theoretical material covered is broad and students are expected to utilise the learning experiences and knowledge attained in other courses and read widely and in greater depth on the topics covered. Engagement with the vast body of knowledge in the clinical sciences and osteopathy develops the student’s abilities to locate, evaluate and manage a range of information.

Self-directed learning, utilising workbooks, study guides and web based materials encourages independent and collaborative work. All of these learning experiences contribute to the graduate capabilities of being information literate, being able to engage with the body of knowledge in a meaningful and reflective way, to learn independently and collaboratively and to the students’ eventual competence as a professional engaged in the clinical discipline of osteopathy.

Overview of Learning Resources

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

May include Written examination, Assignments, On-Line Quizzes