Course Title: Osteopathic Clinical Practice 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Osteopathic Clinical Practice 1

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Katie Hawking

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7443

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.014-1

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 to obtain a relevant and thorough case history.
  2. Prioritise and convey the appropriate information gained via the case history to demonstrate clinical reasoning and safety considerations.
  3. Adhere to documentation requirements from industry and regulatory standards.
  4. Understand how information gained during case history informs examination, diagnosis, treatment and management of a patient.
  5. Develop interview skills that demonstrate an understanding of individual cultural, social and language factors.
  6. Demonstrate the professional standards required for clinical practice.

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are:

  • On-site clinical training within the RMIT Health Sciences Clinic environment where you will work within a group environment to develop the ability to take responsibility for patient care under direct clinical supervision; Students will be able to apply the knowledge learnt to real life situations where they are able to develop their communication and patient management skills.
  • Private study, working through clinical problems as presented in the RMIT Health Sciences Clinic;
  • Lectorials focused on the development of critical reasoning, patient understanding and communication
  • Undertaking self-directed learning.
  Total hours of Study: Four hours of clinic attendance per week is required in both teaching and non-teaching periods for a minimum of 72 hours.  Your attendance at clinic is compulsory.  Absence without 48 hours notice or, a medical certificate or other accepted documentation (see special consideration guidelines) or you will earn demerit points.   One hour lectorial per week.   In addition, you can expect to spend a minimum of four hours per week in independent study   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  (URL:    You are required to be aware of all process and procedures of the RMIT Health Sciences Clinic.The manual is available on the  BP279 CANVAS site.  An easy to use summary of the manual is available via the following googlesite (URL:  The manual and website is regularly updated and should be reviewed every semester.     You need to be aware of all obligations under the codes of practice described on the Osteopathy Board of Australia website (URL: ) Current Research literature will be used as required an as appropriate.   The Osteopathy subject guide (URL: )provides useful references and information for the study of this program.   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 (Learning & 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-focused professional standards throughout the course of their program.   Assessment Tasks   Early Assessment Task:  Presentation of a case history to a Clinical supervisor    Weighting 15%   This assessment task supports CLO  2   Assessment Task 2: (Mini Clinical Examination) (2 x 10%)   Weighting 20%     This assessment supports CLOs 1 & 5   Assessment Task 3: Orientation checklist of policies and procedures (HURDLE)   Weighting 0%   This assessment task supports CLO 6   Assessment Task 4: Overall observation with post case discussion (HURDLE)    Weighting 20%   This assessment task supports CLO 1, 2, 4, 5 & 6   Assessment Task 5: Competency based Assessment – Case history documentation    Weighting 10%     This assessment supports CLO 3   Assessment Task 6: Interprofessional learning (HURDLE)   Weighting 0%     This assessment supports CLOs 4 & 5   Assessment Task 7: Professional Conduct (HURDLE)   Weighting 5%     This assessment supports CLO 6    Assessment Task 8: End of Semester Clinical Practice Examination   Weighting 30%     This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 5 & 6