Course Title: Osteopathic Clinical Practicum 8 and 9 (Part A)

Part A: Course Overview

Course ID: 007392

Course Title: Osteopathic Clinical Practicum 8 and 9 (Part A)

Credit Points: 18

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2006

Course Coordinator: Dr Kirstie Fernnades

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Osteopathic Clinical Practicum 6&7

Course Description

Osteopathic Clinical Practice is intended to support the students development of practitionership including taking responsibility for patient treatment and management. In this module students continue to put theory and classroom teaching into practice in the clinical setting. Academic courses in year two cover the organ systems of the body in greater depth, and their understanding assists students with differential diagnosis and clinical problem solving.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Capability Level 4: At this level of capability application, integration and synthesis of all relevant factors enable unfamiliar situations to be researched and dealt with in an appropriate manner. The clinical applications incorporate all previous approaches to arrive at an appropriate patient care and management plan and the capacity to implement it or oversee it’s implementation.

Functional Capabilities
FC1 - Diagnose the patient’s clinical presentation
FC2 - Perform osteopathic manipulative therapeutic procedures effectively, where appropriate
FC3 - Apply management strategies in order to produce positive outcomes for patients

Knowledge / Cognitive Capabilities
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

Personal / Behavioural Capabilities
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

Values / Ethical Capabilities
VC1 - Engage in ethical clinical practice
VC2 - Make sound judgements, evidenced-based where possible in order to show duty of care to patients

1. Consolidate clinical decision-making processes.
2. Consolidate patient management skills.
3. Introduce treatment approaches for specific groups; including the pregnant, paediatric and geriatric patient.
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course students shall be expected to:
1. Display willingness to accept responsibility for the patient’s welfare.
2. Have established satisfactory relationships with patients and be able to competently communicate with the general public.
3. Recognise situations in which a patient should be referred and exercise judgement in deciding on appropriate care.
4. Be able to competently and professionally communicate with other health care professionals.
5. Exhibit a high level of competence in diagnosis, examination and treatment.
6. Exhibit a high level of competence in providing rehabilitative and preventative health care.

Overview of Learning Activities

Supervised clinical training in on campus clinic

Overview of Learning Resources

Clinic Manual

Other texts and courses in the Osteopathy program

Overview of Assessment

Clinical Practicum


Clinical Portfolio