Course Title: Chiropractic Clinical Practicum 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chiropractic Clinical Practicum 2

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


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

Course Coordinator: Dr Navine Haworth

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 6657

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.4.59

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

To successfully complete this course, students should have the ability to:

  • know and understand basic and clinical science principles underlying health care;
  • apply their knowledge of diagnostic procedures;
  • apply their knowledge of specified therapeutic procedures;
  • develop a knowledge and understanding of basic health strategies required to produce positive health outcomes;
  • build on a basis for understanding the scientific literature in manual medicine and related fields and demonstrate the ability to put this understanding to effective use;
  • be information literate; locating, evaluating, managing and using a range of information;
  • adopt appropriate behaviours including socially and ethnically sensitive communications skills and empathy;
  • engage personally with a body of knowledge by ongoing learning, reflection and analysis;
  • work independently or as part of a team;
  • demonstrate consistent ethical professional behaviour; and
  • understand the principles involved in due duty of care to patients.

Students are required to have successfully completed the courses REHA 2185 Chiropractic Clinical Practicum 1, REHA2189 Clinical Chiropractic 1 and MEDS2125 Integrated Clinical Sciences 1. To enroll in REHA2186 the student must meet the prerequisites for REHA2186 including a passing grade in REHA2185. Where REHA2185 has been passed and the student has not progressed in the same year to REHA2186 the student must demonstrate a passing capability either in the technique and skills assessment of REHA2185 or an equivalent ’stand-alone’ assessment no more than 8 weeks before the commencement of REHA2186. This means a student who does not progress from REHA2185 to REHA2186 in the same calendar year must demonstrate capability and safe-practice in technique and skills exam as taught and assessed in REHA2185. This must occur no more than 8 weeks before commencing REHA2186.

This course requires the student to interact with members of the community who may be patients of the University Teaching Clinics. The ability of a student to have patient contact is a privilege granted at the discretion of the Head of the Discipline of Chiropractic, on delegation from the Head of the School of Health Sciences. The granting of patient-privileges allows the student to participate in the assessment of patients and the provision of therapeutic care under the rights accorded to a member of the University’s staff or other such duly appointed person who is a chiropractor registered in Australia or in any other jurisdiction where a student may undertake this course. Patient privileges may be revoked in any case where a student demonstrates behaviours that are not compatible with the professional behaviours expected by the registration board or equivalent statutory body. Where patient privileges are revoked they may either be reinstated so that the student may continue in the course, or they may not be reinstated and thus result in a fail grade for the course.

Course Description

The overall goal of this course is to continue the development of a student’s problem-solving abilities through taking on further responsibility for patient care in RMIT Chiropractic’s Teaching Clinics. This course builds upon capabilities achieved during Clinical Practicum 1, where the student now begins to take more responsibility for patient care under clinical supervision.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate continued knowledge regarding issues surrounding appropriate chiropractic care, and the policies and procedures of the Teaching Clinic, as well as demonstrate the skills considered necessary to provide safe clinical care in a moderately supervised clinical environment with a greater number and variation in clinical cases.

Within the context of evidence-based care, critical self reflection and the legal scope of practice students will gain or improve capabilities for patient-centred care in:

  • skills in clinical assessment (including chiropractic-specific skills);
  • skills in diagnostic decision-making;
  • skills in clinical management (including chiropractic-specific skills);
  • skills in the steps of problem-solving (identification of a problem, gathering/analyzing/synthesizing information, implementation of a solution, and assessment of its effectiveness) at the levels of the patient, practitioner, profession, and society;
  • empathetic communication skills (such as listening, relating, reassurance, and taking into account non-verbal cues) in the doctor-patient relationship, and other professional and personal relationships;
  • effective communication skills, utilizing a variey of media in clinical, professional, political, academic and public settings;
  • their ability to demonstrate the duty of care required of a primary contact health care practitioner, including ethical practice management;
  • their ability to uphold the professional code of conduct in all relationships maintained by the chiropractor;
  • their ability to deliver health care in a culturally-diverse society, with an awareness of the intricacies involved;
  • their ability to contribute to the sustainability of the health care system through responsible use of health care resources, community education, and the employment of health promotion and preventive strategies;
  • their ability to work within the broader health care system, including the ability to collaborate with and influence other health care disciplines, local and national governments; and
  • an environment that demands a commitment to continuing professional development

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are:

  • practice integrated learning within the RMIT Chiropractic Teaching Clinic environment where the student now begins to take more responsibility for patient care under clinical supervision;
  • attendance at tutorial sessions for completion of assessment tasks; and
  • private study, working through clinical problems as presented in the RMIT Chiropractic’s Teaching Clinics.
    • lecture material

Overview of Learning Resources

Students will be able to access course information and learning materials through the student portal myRMIT and will be provided with copies of additional materials in class. Lists of relevant reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible Internet sites will be provided.

As a student enrolled in a course at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.
Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, the myRMIT or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT wireless network in the Library.
Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.
The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.
You can find more information on Library resources and services at:”

Online Learning tools and content
As a student in this course you may access to online learning tools and content for your course from the student portal, myRMIT.


Overview of Assessment

The assessment for this course comprises written assignment work, final examination, progressive clinical assessment and critical self reflection.