Unit description

Deepens the skills of osteopathic diagnosis and treatment to a clinical practice level, and develops reflective practice on ethical and patient-centred problem solving in clinical practice. Students are introduced to high velocity technique, its evidence base and application in conditions of the lumbar spine, pelvis and lower limbs.

Unit content

  • Osteopathic diagnosis – integration of screening procedures and spinal biomechanical findings
  • Osteopathic diagnosis – neuromusculoskeletal model
  • Osteopathic technique – high velocity technique – evidence base and introductory techniques for the spine, pelvis and lower limbs
  • Introduction to clinical reasoning using an osteopathic approach
  • Rehabilitation strategies for chronic pain presentations – clinical guidelines
  • External clinical placement – observation in osteopathic clinics

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

  • Nicholas, A, & Nicholas, E, 2015, Atlas of Osteopathic Techniques, 3rd edn, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins , Philadelphia, United States. ISBN: 9781451193411 .
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Community/Professional placement 12 hours (Across session)
Lecture on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Practical session 3 hours (12 weeks)
Reflective writingSR
Exam: practical20%
Exam: practical50%
Quiz (x2)30%

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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