Course Title: Osteopathic Clinical Practice 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Osteopathic Clinical Practice 1

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: Jacquelyn Towns & Paul Attenborough

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7160 / +61 3 9925 7179

Course Coordinator Email: /

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.064 / 202.04.017-2

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)



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

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 Clinic and through virtual clinic provides a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experience to apply and develop your knowledge and skills in a real or simulated workplace context. 

Your WIL placement starts in preparatory classes on campus where you will work in small groups with simulated clinical practice.  You will have access to a supervising clinician to discuss any concerns. After the initial pre-clinic activities you will work in pairs managing patients in both the RMIT health clinic and the virtual clinic space.

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 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

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

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in professional interviewing skills to obtain and document an individual case history in a supervised clinical setting (PLO 1, PLO 3 and PLO 4)
  2. Discuss the boundaries of osteopathic treatment taking into account issues of safety and regulation. (PL0 1, PLO 5 and PLO 6)
  3. Identify how personal biases and experiences may impact clinical case history taking and the practitioner narrative through case study analysis (PLO 3 and PLO 7)
  4. Collaborate with peers to develop a clinical care plan (PLO 2, PLO 4 and PLO 6)
  5. Identify the elements necessary for effective collaborative care between health and medical professionals in a clinical setting PLO 3, PLO 4 and PLO 6).
  6. Demonstrate patient-centred care in a supervised clinical setting (PLO1, PLO 2, PLO 3 and PL O4).

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are:

  • A combination of on-site clinical training within the RMIT Health Clinic and the virtual clinic environment where you will work within a group to develop key skills for responsible patient care under clinical supervision. Students will apply the knowledge learnt in foundations of the program to real life situations to enhance their communication and patient management skills in a clinical setting.
  • Private study, goal setting, and working through clinical problems as presented in the RMIT Health Sciences Clinic.
  • You will be required to contribute to group discussions using principles of case-based learning to further develop clinical reasoning, critical thinking patient-practitioner interaction and communication skills.
  • Develop and implement a learning plan to overcome self-directed identified knowledge gaps and challenges.

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: PBL Presentation

Weighting 30%

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

Assessment Task 2: Mini Clinical Examination

Weighting 30%

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

Assessment Task 3: RMIT Health Clinic Workbook

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 4 & 5

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

Weighting 0%

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