Course Title: Professional Chiropractice Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Chiropractice Practice

Credit Points: 12.00

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Course Coordinator: Dr Rick Ames

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7394

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the following courses before you commence this course:

  • REHA2223 Clinical Practice of Chiropractic 3
  • REHA2209 Clinical Chiropractic 4

Alternatively you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course. Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. For further information go to:

Note it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enroll in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course.

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Course Description

This course is a capstone course that brings together the learning associated with your professional Chiropractic Program as preparation for your transition into autonomous clinical chiropractic practice. You will consider your chiropractic professional knowledge in relation to the philosophy of the profession of chiropractic, ethical and jurisprudence issues and therapeutic communication to ensure preparation for private practice. This course provides for you a synthesis of all previously acquired chiropractic knowledge within the framework of Evidence Based Practice to prepare you for transition into autonomous clinical practice.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes
This course contributes to the development of the Program Learning Outcomes in the following way:

  • 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 specialized 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
  • PLO7 function as an autonomous practitioner, with sound business management skills;
  • PLO8 understand the historical development of the profession, its ethos, organisation and philosophical foundations.

Course Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course you will be expected to:

  • demonstrate a knowledge of the philosophy of chiropractic clinical practice.
  • be able to synthesise the previously acquired Chiropractic knowledge within the framework of Evidence Based Practice to provide for the patient safe and competent chiropractic clinical practice.
  • situate the chiropractor as a primary health care professional within the context of the Australian Health Care System.
  • be able to demonstrate an awareness of the structure of the Australian Health Care System within contemporary society.
  • demonstrate the capacity to communicate appropriately with all patients presenting to the chiropractic clinic and be aware of management strategies to deal with “difficult” patients.
  • be an exemplary representative of the chiropractic profession

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will use a range of learning activities including lectures, practicals and self-directed learning. Throughout the course you will work both individually and in groups to solve problems involving core aspects covered in the course.

Lectures are the principal mode of information delivery and will present you with the key concepts and theories relevant to the understanding of the core concepts.

There will also be the opportunity to discuss the practicals in relation to the underlying core principles.

Self-directed learning is encouraged and will enable you to better develop independent learning and support the material covered in the practical sessions.

Overview of Learning Resources

Lectures and on-line material: The lectures and reading material provided are intended to be supported by the recommended readings. However, they do not substitute for wider reading but provide an opportunity to focus on specific details, complex areas and life examples.The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources. All material to be chosen will be digitally available to you. Advice will be provided on which sections are relevant for each topic. Advice will also be given about additional and/or alternate reading resources. Practice learning activities will be provided in a variety of ways including simulated learning activities and the Chiropractic clinic.

RMIT will provide you with additional resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment associated with this course will comprise a formative and summative assessment and incorporate a variety of assessment modes. The formative and summative assessment associated with this course will take the form of theoretical and practical assessments to challenge your knowledge and provide an evidence based foundation for your clinical practice. These assessments may include, but not be restricted to the following: participation in discussion formats, examinations, assignments and clinical practice laboratories. It may also include use of online technology in the form of a critically reflective online journal or blog. Assessments are designed to require you to demonstrate a critical analysis of the core principles presented in the course. Assessment completed in the first half of the semester will provide feedback on your progress. Ongoing feedback on your skills will be provided from peers and staff.

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If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

This course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced, at: