Unit description

Advances comprehension of osteopathic diagnosis and treatment, and the concept of evidence based practice and introduces exercise rehabilitation. Building on the skills and understanding gained in Osteopathic Studies I & II students will develop more advanced musculoskeletal diagnosis and management of different regions of the body.

Unit content

  • Evidence-based orthopaedic evaluation of pelvis, hip and lower limb
  • Critique evidence for osteopathic diagnosis of the pelvis
  • Muscle energy technique for treatment of pelvis and lower limb
  • Evidence-based neurological evaluation of lower limb
  • Neurophysiology and evidence-based management of chronic pain states
  • Contraindications to the use of osteopathic techniques
  • Ethical practice and critical reflection
  • Introduction to exercise and rehabilitation protocols for pelvis and lower 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.

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)
Community/Professional placement 10 hours (Across session)
Reflective writing20%
Exam: closed book35%
Exam: practical45%
Professional PlacementSR

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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