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Gold Coast
Lismore

Unit description

Advances the students’ understanding of osteopathic philosophy in diagnosis and treatment, and introduces the concept of reflective practice and current evidence of the mechanisms of pain production. Building on the skills and understanding gained in Osteopathic I, students will develop critical reflection and evidence-based musculoskeletal diagnosis and management of different regions of the body.

Unit content

  • Introduction to general musculoskeletal examination including gait
  • Spinal inter-segmental examination
  • Bio-psycho-social mechanisms of pain production
  • Chronic pain syndromes including central sensitization
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Principles and practice of exercise therapy
  • Reflective practice
  • Muscle energy technique - evidence and clinical application
  • Diagnosis and treatment protocol of shoulder and upper limb

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1critically discuss how osteopathic principles and evidence-based practice are integrated in diagnosis and treatmentIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
2reflect upon and demonstrate safe and competent patient handling and interactive skillsIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
3demonstrate and explain osteopathic diagnosis, ranges of motion and barriersIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
4demonstrate and explain Muscle Energy Technique (MET)Intellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
5identify and describe the key misconceptions related to the cause and experience of pain Knowledge of a discipline
6identify and critically reflect upon skills and behaviour required to be a reflective practitioner.Intellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. critically discuss how osteopathic principles and evidence-based practice are integrated in diagnosis and treatment
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. reflect upon and demonstrate safe and competent patient handling and interactive skills
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  3. demonstrate and explain osteopathic diagnosis, ranges of motion and barriers
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  4. demonstrate and explain Muscle Energy Technique (MET)
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. identify and describe the key misconceptions related to the cause and experience of pain
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  6. identify and critically reflect upon skills and behaviour required to be a reflective practitioner.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

  • Nicholas, A & Nicholas, E, 2015, Atlas of Osteopathic Technique, 3rd edn, Lippincott, Philadelphia. ISBN: 13: 978-0-7817-6371-4.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Practical session 3 hours (12 weeks)
Community/Professional placement 5 hours (Across Session)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (2 weeks)
Community/Professional placement 6 hours per week (Across the session)
Assessment
Exam: practical35%
Exam: closed book30%
Exam: practical35%
Community/Professional PlacementSR

Teaching method
Community/Professional placement 5 hours (Across Session)
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Practical session 3 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (2 weeks)
Community/Professional placement 6 hours per week (Across the session)
Assessment
Exam: practical35%
Exam: closed book30%
Exam: practical35%
Community/Professional PlacementSR
Notice

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

Domestic

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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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International

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