Course Title: Osteopathic Diagnosis and Technique 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Osteopathic Diagnosis and Technique 3

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014

Course Coordinator: Dr Ray Myers

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99257263

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

036735 Osteopathic Diagnosis and Technique 2

Course Description

Osteopathic Diagnosis and Technique 4 incorporates advanced training in Osteopathic Manipulative Technique (OMT) and theory.

Specialty Technique

The aim of this module is to provide osteopathic students with the necessary clinical knowledge to competently assess and make clinical decisions in relation to the health care of patients, presenting with the manifestations of XX disease. Students will be able to evaluate diagnostic data to determine indications and contraindications to osteopathic care and the need to refer when necessary.

Speciality Technique

This module is closely linked to Clinical Medicine 3.
Students are introduced to techniques that allow them to address a wide range of disease states. These modules expand the students’ theoretical and practical knowledge of the breadth and scope of osteopathy. They extend the students’ developing understanding of the osteopathic approach to a broad range of patient conditions. The acquisition of skills in these advanced osteopathic techniques continues to refine the students’ palpatory ability and their understanding and practice of osteopathic technique; and serves as the basis for continuation into post-professional training in speciality areas.

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.

To be able to:

  • Provide osteopathic treatment appropriate to the stage of life of the patient
  • Be able to arrive at a list of differential diagnoses incorporating osteopathic and medical principles considering psychological and life - stage factors
  • Understand osteopathic principles in terms of addressing function
  • Be able to perform speciality technique to a basic standard

Capabilities contributed to:

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

Overview of Learning Activities

Supervised clinic

Overview of Learning Resources

Prescribed text:
Copies of recommended texts will be placed on reserve in the Bundoora campus library for the period during which they are likely to be in high demand. Students wanting other references to be placed on reserve should consult the relevant lecturer.

Overview of Assessment

Practical examinations: Viva-Voce style and demonstration of technique
Written theory examination

In both the practical and theoretical examinations, students must obtain a passing grade in each assessment component of each module of the course.

In order to obtain a passing grade (50%) in practical assessment, students must demonstrate competence in seven out of any ten clinical procedures examined.

Attendance Requirements:
In order to prevent potential injury to participants in practical examinations students must attend 90% of all osteopathic technique practical classes. Students who attend less than 90% of classes will be required to do make up work as directed by the supervising lecturer. Students who attend less than 70% of classes will not be eligible to sit practical examinations and will fail the course. Students who have an injury that prevents them from participating in practical classes, e.g. a broken arm, must attend classes and observe