Course Title: Osteopathic Clinical Practice 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Osteopathic Clinical Practice 3

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Azharuddin Fazalbhoy

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7655

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.012

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)


Work Integrated Learning:

Students enrolled in this course will be required to undertake placement as part of the assessment of the course.  A number of requirements must be met by students to ensure eligibility for placement.  Further details on each of these are available in Part B of the Course Guide and on MyRMIT.

  • National Police check
  • Working with Children Check
  • First Aid Certificate


There is no flexibility with these requirements.  It is your responsibility to ensure THESE REQUIREMENTS ARE COMPLETED.  Any student who has not provided this information will not be able to attend placement and will receive a fail grade for the placement course.

Course Description

Osteopathic Clinical Practice 1-4 is the integrative focus of your learning experience at this stage of your BP279 program. It comprises the sequential courses REHA 2232, REHA 2214, REHA2216, and REHA2219.  Each clinical practice component requires 36 weeks clinical attendance per year (18 weeks per half year). Although the courses are divided into semesters, your progression is determined by year-long performance.

This course includes a Work Integrated Learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience. It involves a clinical placement at the osteopathy teaching clinic at Bundoora. Components include:

  • Structured Clinical Practice: Pre teaching period, in small groups (3 to 4 students) under direct supervision you will deliver a complete treatment to a patient presenting to the teaching clinic. Each student in the group will take responsibility for a particular patient while the remainder observe. The responsibility for patients is rotated through the group.
  • Semi-Autonomous Practice: You will see patients on a rostered clinic shift under close supervision

This course will enable you to become familiar with supervised clinical practice in small groups and then move to individual practice in a supported environment.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability you should contact the Program Coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit for further advice. Students need to be able to meet the inherent requirements of the program.

At any time prior to or during your placement if there are concerns raised related to your fitness to practice the clinical coordinator can request that you gain full medical clearance to continue your placement.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP279 Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathy).


  • PLO1 provide specialised health care within a patient-centred, evidence-based framework
  • PLO2 gather clinical information to make accurate differential diagnoses, assessment and management plans and carry out effective treatment
  • PLO3 practice as a competent health care professional in a safe, ethical and legally responsible manner
  • PLO4 demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity in the provision of specialised health care
  • PLO5 communicate effectively in a range of forms (written, online, oral) and with diverse audiences (patients, community/public, agencies and health professionals)
  • PLO6 work independently and in teams, specifically to lead and contribute to inter-professional care partnerships
  • PLO8 understand the historical development of the profession, its ethos, organisation and philosophical foundations.

On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the use of appropriate and professional communication skills relevant to osteopathic practice, including verbal and non-verbal
  2. Integrate medical neuro-musculoskeletal diagnoses with osteopathic diagnoses and technique in order to achieve a positive outcome for a suitable real-world patient in a supervised clinical environment, consistent with osteopathic principles and practice
  3. Record structured summaries of observation of clinical encounters
  4. Display willingness to accept responsibility for the patient’s welfare
  5. Establish and develop satisfactory relationships with patients and competently communicate with the general public
  6. Recognise situations in which a patient should be referred and exercise judgement in deciding on appropriate care

Overview of Learning Activities

Treatments and observations in the osteopathic teaching clinic, including treatment in small groups under direct supervision.

Group discussion during classes will encourage independent opinion and provide shared experiences from which you and your fellow students can learn.

This course comprises practical clinical placement exclusively and is examined on an ongoing basis using Mini-Clinical Exams (MiniCEX) and Direct Observations of Procedures and Skills (DOPS) exams during supervised practice. These are both formative and summative assessments that can be repeated until the required tasks are successfully completed, normally within semester. These examinations emulate those required of an osteopath seeking to register in Australia.Year 4 and 5 students will be assessed throughout the semester on their ability to adequately complete the various clinical skills required of an osteopath.


Clinic Attendance: Clinic attendance is required in both teaching and non-teaching periods for a minimum of 72 hours.Attendance at clinic is compulsory. Absence without 48 hours notice or, a medical certificate or other accepted documentation (see Special Consideration guidelines) will earn demerit points.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course notes and online resources are available through myRMIT Studies (

All students must read the current clinic manual available on My RMIT Studies Program (BP279) site and be aware of the processes and procedures describe therein. This manual is regularly updated and should be reviewed every semester.

All students should be aware of their obligations under the codes of practice described on the Osteopathy Board of Australia website

The Library has specialised Subject guides at
RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

Overview of Assessment

All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Leaning & Teaching). A hurdle requirement is necessary in order to demonstrate to the accrediting body that students are competent and are being sufficiently assessed against practice-focussed professional standards throughout the course of their program.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1: Ongoing Tasks:  (Hurdle) Mini Clinical Examinations (Mini CeX)

Weighting 30% (3 x 10%) 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 2: Overall observation with post case discussion (HURDLE)

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 3: Interprofessional learning (hurdle)

Weighting 0% (Competency based Y/N)

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 4 & 6

Assessment Task 4: Professional Conduct (HURDLE)

Weighting 5%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 5: Evidence Based written case study report

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 6: End of Semester Clinical Practice Examination (HURDLE)

Viva Voce demonstrating treatment and management clinical reasoning skills.

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 6

Assessment Task 7: Portfolio (ongoing)

Weighting 0%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6