Course Title: Primary Healthcare Management & Rehabilitation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Primary Healthcare Management & Rehabilitation

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2014,
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: Boris Lukin

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7109

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.064-1

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)



Required concurrent study (Co-requisites)

Course Description

This course will introduce you to the scope of practice of Osteopaths in Australia, particularly in a primary health care setting. You will be exposed to the principles underpinning preventative health care and broaden your understanding of factors that impact on health and wellbeing in the modern-day era. Broadening your understanding of the burden of disease such as chronic pain and pain management will assist you to become a competent health care practitioner. Additionally, you will be skilled in interviewing patients to determine their current health status and provide appropriate advice and/or further referral for co-management with other health professionals.

The practical work in this course simulates a practice environment and involves role play as clinician and patient, which provides skills in interviewing patients to determine their current health status that may form the basis of clinical management.

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. Portions of practical classes may be delivered online.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) 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 health-care 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. Argue the advantages and disadvantages of potential management strategies taking into account any personal and professional limitations.
  2. Discuss the physiological underpinnings of exercise rehabilitation principles in relation to tissue injury and repair processes
  3. Examine strategies to complement patient management through the use of exercise rehabilitation principles and programs
  4. Examine the use and impact of health promotion strategies in the role of primary healthcare.
  5. Explore the use of clinical guidelines for recommending exercise and rehabilitation in primary healthcare.




Overview of Learning Activities

Lectures are used to introduce new learning concepts: both theoretical and practical, and revise essential knowledge requirements. Lecture material and related resources are available on the Learning Management System (LMS).

Tutorials encourage and enable you to develop skill acquisition by applying and practising the material presented in the tutorial classes. You can ask questions and receive clarification and feedback from your supervising teachers in real time.

Group discussions during classes are encouraged as it develops independent thinking and provides shared learning experiences, from which you and your fellow students can learn.

Progression and Attendance Requirements: Attendance at practical classes is compulsory. Students need to demonstrate competency in the delivery of practical techniques in a safe and skilful manner in supervised laboratory classes. Students with less than 80% attendance of practical classes during semester will not be offered and additional assessment opportunity to demonstrate safety and practical skills if they are unable to demonstrate safe practice in the final practical assessment.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course notes and online resources are available through myRMIT Studies (

The Library has specialised Subject guides at 
RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: SMART Goals Micro Cred

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3 & 5

Assessment Task 2: Written Assignment

Weighting 30%

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

Assessment Task 3: Debate

Weighting 20%

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

Assessment Task 4: End of semester Assessment

Weighting 40%

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