Course Title: Osteopathic Clinical Practice 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Osteopathic Clinical Practice 3

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


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

Course Coordinator: Paul Attenborough

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7179

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.017-2

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)


Work Integrated Learning:

Students enrolled in this course will undertake placement at RMIT Health Sciences Clinic as part of the assessment of the course. A number of requirements must be met by students to ensure eligibility for placement. 

  • National Police check
  • Working with Children Check
  • First Aid Certificate

There is no flexibility with these requirements.  It is your responsible to ensure THESE REQUIREMENTS ARE COMPLETED and kept up to date.  Any student whose requirements expire during their RMIT Health Science clinical placement will be removed from treating and the clinic space.

Course Description

Osteopathic Clinical Practice 1-4 is the integrative component of learning for the BP279 program.  It comprises the sequential courses REHA2232, REHA2214, REHA2216 and REHA2219.  Each clinical practice component requires 18 weeks of clinical attendance within an allocated group.

The clinical placement at the RMIT Health Sciences Clinic provides a WIL (work integrated learning) experience to apply and develop student knowledge and skills in a real or simulated workplace context. 

Your WIL placement starts in the pre-teaching period where you will be semiautonomous in your clinical practice.  You will have access to a clinician to discuss any concerns.

You may have the opportunity to participate in external WIL. 

Students with long term medical condition/s and/or disability should contact the Course Coordinator or the Equitable Learning Service for further advice.  You must meet the inherent requirements of the program.

At any time prior to or during placement if concerns are raised regarding student fitness to practice the clinical coordinator can request a full medical clearance to continue placement.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP279 Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathy):

  • PLO 1 Provide patient-centred care as a competent, safe primary healthcare professional
  • PLO 2 Provide osteopathic, musculo-skeletal healthcare within a patient-centred, evidence-based framework
  • PLO 3 Gather and interpret health information, and employ clinical reasoning to develop differential diagnoses, to inform assessment and management
  • PLO 4 Effectively communicate with a wide audience (i.e. patients, carers, healthcare professionals and agencies), with respect and sensitivity to socio-cultural diversity, using a variety of media
  • PLO 5 Manage all aspects of clinical practice to comply with ethical, legal, and regulatory standards in an evolving healthcare industry
  • PLO 6 Work autonomously and collaboratively, to lead and/or contribute to inter-professional healthcare partnerships
  • PLO 7 Develop and implement strategies to meet personal and professional demands, as a primary healthcare provider
  • PLO 8 Develop a commitment to lifelong learning, recognising the historical development and evolution of the profession, and how this integrates with contemporary practice

On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Integrate contemporary osteopathic healthcare to formulate a patient-centred treatment and management plan that promotes patient motivation, empowerment, and compliance
  2. Investigate the use of clinical practice guidelines and apply to an authentic case scenario
  3. Recognise the evolving nature of a patient’s health status (age-related factors, medical, adjunctive therapies, etc.) and adapt treatment and management plans as required
  4. Document case notes, treatment plans and case reports in accordance with professional standards
  5. Demonstrate the implementation of clinical skills essential to the formulation of a care plan for a chronic health complaint encompassing a patient-centre model of care

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are:

  • On-site and remote clinical training within the RMIT Health Sciences Clinic environment where you will work semi-autonomously to develop the ability to take responsibility for patient care under clinical supervision. Students will apply the knowledge learnt to real life situations to develop their communication and patient management skills.
  • Private study, working through clinical problems as presented in the Clinic.
  • Lectures focused on the development of critical reasoning, patient understanding and communication.
  • Self-directed learning.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course notes and online resources are available on Canvas.

As a student practitioner you need to be aware of:

  • all obligations under the codes of practice described on the Osteopathy Board of Australia website (URL:
  • all processes and procedures of the RMIT Health Sciences Clinic. The osteopathy discipline manual is available through modules on the BP279 Canvas site. The manual and website is updated regularly and should be reviewed every semester.

The Library Osteopath Study Guide provides useful references and information for the study of this program.

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-focused professional standards throughout the course of their program.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Mini Clinical Examination (Mini CEx) Treatment

Weighting 20%

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

Assessment Task 2: Overall Clinical Assessment with Post-Case Discussion 

Weighting 30%

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

Assessment Task 3: End of Semester Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) (HURDLE)

Practical assessment demonstrating relevant treatment, management and clinical reasoning skills

Weighting 50%

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

Assessment Task 4: Attendance Requirements and Professional Conduct (Hurdle)

Weighting 0%

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