Unit description

Provides a critical and reflective introduction to the history and principles of osteopathic medicine, the osteopathic concept of diagnosis and treatment, and commences the palpatory knowledge of somatic tissues by the study of surface anatomy.

Unit content

  • Introduction to unit and programme
  • Osteopathic Medicine - definition
  • Professional scope internationally
  • Introduction
  • Legal/ethical issues
  • Contraindications
  • Practitioner care, Patient comfort
  • Definitions soft tissue/articulation
  • Soft tissue methods - general
  • Palpation introduction and critical review
  • Palpation exercises
  • Library visit/tutorial
  • Philosophy - holistic medicine - concept and principles
  • Palpation exercises
  • Soft tissue methods - general
  • Philosophy - Osteopathic Medicine - concept and principles
  • Lumbar region SA/Palp/ST/Art
  • Philosophy - Osteopathic Medicine - concept and principles
  • Lumbar region SA/Palp/ST/Art
  • Philosophy and history of medicine/healthcare
  • History of Osteopathic Medicine
  • AT Still
  • Pelvic region SA/Palp/ST/Art
  • Hip SA/Palp/ST/Art
  • Knee, Ankle, Foot SA/Palp/ST/Art
  • Stuvac
  • Philosophy - Vitalism
  • Knee/ankle/foot SA/Palp/ST/Art
  • Osteopathic methods - Diagnosis
  • Validity and reliability of osteopathic diagnosis
  • Shoulder region SA/Palp/ST/Art
  • Osteopathic methods - Modalities
  • Elbow/wrist/hand Palp/SA/ST/Art
  • Osteopathic methods - Modalities
  • Thoracic region SA/Palp/ST/Art
  • Osteopathic methods - Modalities
  • And Review - Ribcage SA/Palp/ST/Art
  • Osteopathic methods - Modalities
  • And Review
  • Cervical TMJ/face/skull SA/Palp/ST/Art

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • See MySCU for details: DeStefano, L, 2011, Greenmans Principles of Manual Medicine, 4th edn, Wolters Kluwer.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Practical session 3 hours (12 weeks)
Exam: closed book35%
Exam: practical50%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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