Unit description

Further advances the students' osteopathic diagnosis and technique abilities, and prepares students for the clinical training in personal and professional skill development.

Unit content

Topic 1: Osteopathic diagnosis - range of motion of tissues with barrier/ease considerations related to the anatomical relationships of one region of the body to others.
Topic 2: Musculoskeletal evaluation of the patient - including history, motion, palpation, posture, neurological and orthopaedic evaluation
Topic 3: Technique integration - indirect , direct and combined
Topic 4: Functional methods, principles and application
Topic 5: Contraindications to the use of osteopathic techniques
Topic 6: Ethical practice and critical reflection

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 2

  • No prescribed texts.
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)
Reflective writing10%
Exam: practical45%
Exam: closed book45%

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 2016 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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