Course Title: Otorhinolaryngology, Ophthalmology and Paediatrics in Chinese Medicine

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Otorhinolaryngology, Ophthalmology and Paediatrics in Chinese Medicine

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr Suzi Mansu

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7318

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.045

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)

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

Otorhinolaryngology, Ophthalmology and Paediatrics in Chinese Medicine is a one-semester course that includes a clinical practicum and holistically integrates learning from previous courses to develop your technical and analytical abilities, your communicative abilities, and your ability to access and analyse information about Chinese medicine. The course will cover disease aetiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, syndrome differentiation, and treatment principles (key formulae and acupuncture) in the areas of paediatrics, ophthalmology (eye) and ENT (ear, nose, throat).  Relevant preventative measures, nutrition and Chinese dietary therapy are also considered.  In contrast with the traditional way of teaching, this course will focus on understanding diseases in terms of both western medicine and Chinese medicine.

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. This WIL component comprises observation and treatment of patients under supervision of a qualified and RMIT-approved Chinese medicine practitioner.

In addition, the course will contribute to the development of an evidence-based approach to the practice of Chinese medicine. It will familiarise you with the broad context within which Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture are practised in Australia, the role of Chinese medicine within the health-care sector and the political context within which it exists. Regulatory requirements for practitioners, professional ethics and practice management issues will be re-iterated from previous courses. The knowledge and skills gained from this course will provide the foundation for future learning and practice in Chinese medicine.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability you should contact the Program Coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services 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

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Objectives for BP278 Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine):

  • PLO 1: Provide specialised health care within a patient-centred, evidence-based framework
  • PLO 2: Gather clinical information to make accurate differential diagnoses, assessment and management plans and carry out effective treatment
  • PLO 3: Practice as a competent health care professional in a safe, ethical and legally responsible manner
  • PLO 4: Demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity in the provision of specialised health care
  • PLO 5: Communicate effectively in a range of forms (written, online, oral) and with diverse audiences (patients, community/public, agencies and health professionals)
  • PLO 6: Work independently and in teams, specifically to lead and contribute to inter-professional care partnerships
  • PLO 8: 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. Conduct a case history which integrates your knowledge of both Chinese medicine and western medicine and describe the aetiology, pathogenesis and syndrome differentiation for a range of paediatric, ophthalmic and ENT conditions
  2. Describe the components of key herbal formulae and acupuncture prescriptions and modifications for treating paediatric, ophthalmic and ENT conditions and relate the construction of the formulae to the aetiology and pathogenesis of the disease
  3. Plan, design and implement individualised herbal medicine and acupuncture treatment plans and write a Chinese herbal prescription according to standard format, and dispense the herbal prescription following legal and ethical requirements
  4. Compose appropriate patient instructions for herbal medicine and other acupuncture modalities, supported by appropriate verbal instruction to the patient which includes possible adverse reactions, the significance of these and appropriate action to be taken.
  5. Demonstrate the procedures involved in dispensing of herbal prescriptions and pao zhi (processing of herbs); observe hygienic procedures when preparing and dispensing herbs; and communicate to patients in the preparation, administration, cautions and contraindications of herbal prescriptions
  6. Provide evidence based advice for general health, preventative measures, principles of nutrition and Chinese diet therapy clinical conditions.

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities in this course are designed to engage you actively in the learning process to aid development of both theoretical knowledge and clinical practice skills. Learning activities may include modalities such as lectures, tutorials, practical sessions and tests/quizzes.

Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources. Material to be chosen may be digitally available to you. Lecture material will be delivered via online mediums. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. Chinese medicine library subject guides are available via

Visit for all relevant polices and guidelines set by the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia. 

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-focussed professional standards throughout the course of their program.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: In semester assessments

Weighting 40%

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

Assessment Task 2:  Clinical practicum (HURDLE)

Weighting 10%

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

Assessment Task 3: End of semester assessment

Weighting 50%

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