Unit description

Advances further the student understanding of osteopathic diagnosis and treatment, and introduces the concept of integration of underlying principles into osteopathic health care. Building on the skills and understanding gained in Osteopathic I & II students will develop more advanced musculoskeletal diagnosis and management of different regions of the body.

Unit content

Topic 1: Patient evaluation protocols, principles of clinical reasoning
Topic 2: Principles of muscle energy and spinal motion. Intersegmental evaluation of the thoracic spine
Topic 3: Treatment of thoracic articular dysfunctions using muscle energy techniques (MET)
Topic 4: Rib cage assessment & treatment of ribs 1 & 2 using MET
Topic 5: Treatment of Ribs 3-10 using osteopathic techniques
Topic 6: Neurophysiology of pain. Assessment & treatment of rib respiratory dysfunctions
Topic 7: Intersegmental evaluation of lumbar spine
Topic 8: Treatment of lumbar articular dysfunction using MET
Topic 9: Intersegmental assessment and neurological testing of cervical spine
Topic 10: Treatment of cervical articular dysfunction MET
Topic 11: Chronic pain syndromes

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

  • Nicholas, A & Nicholas, E, 2012, Atlas of Osteopathic Techniques, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Practical session 3 hour (12 weeks)
Reflective Journal10%
Exam: closed book45%
Exam: practical45%

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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Commencing 2017 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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