Course Title: Clinical Chiropractic 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Clinical Chiropractic 2

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

REHA2190

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

Course Coordinator: Dr Samantha Harman

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99256668

Course Coordinator Email: samantha.harman@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.38


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Pre-requisite Capabilities

To successfully complete this course, you should have the ability to:

  1.  know and understand basic and clinical science principles underlying health care;·
  2.  apply their knowledge of diagnostic procedures; ·
  3.  apply their knowledge of specified therapeutic procedures;·
  4.  develop a knowledge and understanding of basic health strategies required to produce positive health outcomes;·
  5.  build on a basis for understanding the scientific literature in manual medicine and related fields and demonstrate the ability to put this understanding to effective use;·
  6.  be information literate; locating, evaluating, managing and using a range of information;·
  7.  adopt appropriate behaviours including socially and ethnically sensitive communications skills and empathy;·
  8.  engage personally with a body of knowledge by ongoing learning, reflection and analysis;·
  9.  work independently or as part of a team;·
  10.  demonstrate consistent ethical professional behaviour; and·
  11.  understand the principles involved in due duty of care to patients.

You are required to have successfully completed the courses Clinical Chiropractic 1 (REHA2189) and Integrated Clinical Sciences 1 (MEDS2125).


Course Description

MODULE 1: Practice Management & 3rd Party Payers
This covers various issues associated with establishing, running and maintaining a chiropractic clinical practice including advertising, business systems, associate positions, banking services and customizing your own business. Issues including developing strategies for and discussing the ideas associated with starting your own practice, identifying and discussing the administrative and philosophical requirements of third party payer systems in the private practice setting will be presented.

MODULE 2: Special Groups (Paediatrics and Indigenous Australians)
To develop an ethos of effective and safe patient management through lecture-based contact, classroom discussion and self-directed learning to promote critical thinking and analysis of issues regarding those patients with special needs.

MODULE 3: Advanced Rehabilitation
Tutorial -based classes designed to reinforce and illuminate previous rehabilitation concepts via case problem solving and group discussion. Students will use their clinical experience to assist in the learning process.

MODULE 4: Health Care Ethics
The student will gain knowledge of the various ethical and legal dimensions of chiropractic practice through directed reading and guided reflection and analysis, within a context emphasizing the attitudes and values associated with a primary contact health provider to develop and report skills which allow the student to disassemble complex clinical, professional, legal, and ethical situations and construct behaviours and mechanisms to maximize risk management and patient care while minimizing exposure to harm.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Within the context of evidence-based care and the legal scope of practice, you will gain or improve capabilities for patient-centred care in: ·

  • knowledge in the basic and clinical sciences;· skills in clinical assessment (including chiropractic-specific skills);·
  • skills in diagnostic decision-making;·
  • skills in clinical management (including chiropractic-specific skills);·
  • skills in the steps of problem-solving (identification of a problem, gathering/analyzing/synthesizing information, implementation of a solution, and assessment of its effectiveness) at the levels of the patient, practitioner, profession, and society; ·
  • their ability to demonstrate the duty of care required of a primary contact health care practitioner, including ethical practice management; and·
  • their ability to deliver health care in a culturally diverse society, with an awareness of the intricacies involved.


On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Have the ability to synthesize the assessment procedures in relation to best practice and evidence of the clinical efficacy, sensitivity and specificity of the procedure.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the specific assessment procedures and skill in performing the assessment procedures.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the specific assessment and therapeutic procedures and skill in performing the assessment and therapeutic procedures.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use information gained from assessment procedures to decide upon a set of differential diagnoses and a working diagnosis.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use information gained from assessment procedures to decide on the best treatment procedure.
  • Demonstrate the ability to synthesize the assessment procedures in relation to best practice and evidence of the clinical efficacy, sensitivity and specificity of the procedure.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the specific assessment procedures and skill in performing the assessment procedures.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use information gained from assessment procedures to decide upon a set of differential diagnoses and a working diagnosis.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use information gained from assessment procedures to decide on the best treatment procedure.
  • Develop skills in assessment, approaches for paediatric, aged and disabled patients.
  • Develop an ethos of effective and safe patient management which promotes critical thinking and analysis of issues regarding those patients with special needs (eg paediatric, indigenous Australians)
  • Develop skills of diagnostic decision making based on skills in assessment, treatment and management strategies for paediatric and indigenous Australian patients.
  • Reinforce and illuminate previous rehabilitation concepts on clinical management taught and learned in Year 3 of the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Chiropractic)
  • Integrate previous skills so that students are able to augment their clinical skills and patient management with a clear grasp of the relevance and application of rehabilitation and exercise therapy
  • Gain knowledge of the various ethical and legal dimensions of chiropractic practice within a context emphasising the attitudes and values associated with a primary contact health provider
  • Develop and report skills that allow the student to disassemble complex clinical, professional, legal, and ethical situations and construct behaviours and mechanisms to maximise risk management and patient care while minimising exposure to harm.


Overview of Learning Activities

Module 1 - Practice Management & 3rd Party Payers

Lecture based discussion and delivery of information on aspects of setting up, running and maintaining a private clinical practice. Industry based guest lecturers and lecture based discussion and delivery of information on 3rd party payers and the chiropractor’s role as a primary contact provider in the 3rd party system.

Module 2 - Special Groups

Lecture and practical based contact. Critical thinking and analysis of issues regarding patients with special needs.

Module 3 - Advanced Rehabilitation

Tutorial classes designed to reinforce, illuminate and integrate previous rehabilitation concepts and assessment skills via clinical case problem solving and group discussion.

Module 4 - Health Care Ethics

Lecture and tutorial based presentation of material. Discussion in class will revolve around issues related to ethical issues associated with contemporary chiropractic practice. 


Overview of Learning Resources

You will be able to access course information and learning materials through the myRMIT Studies and may be provided with copies of additional materials in class. Lists of relevant reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible Internet sites will be provided.


Overview of Assessment

The assessment in this course will be both formative and summative.

There is assignment work. It will be discussed in the first week of classes / tutorials. The information will also be available from myRMIT Studies.

There is an end of semester multiple choice examination for all modules.

There will be a end of semester practical exam in the early lifespan component of the special groups module..

Written assignments will be used to provide feedback to students on their progress in the course during the semester.