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Unit description

Advances the clinical skills of integrative osteopathic diagnosis and treatment, consolidates the personal and professional application of health principles, develops skills for working collaboratively and further develops and applies critical appraisal skills to osteopathic health practice. Students develop skills in high velocity manipulative techniques in the thoracic and cervical spine and upper limb.

Unit content

  • Practitioner development - problem solving with ethical principles, interprofessional collaboration
  • Osteopathic diagnosis - integration of screening procedures and spinal biomechanical findings including physical and holistic findings using the neuromusculoskeletal model
  • Osteopathic technique - high velocity technique - introduction to thoracic and cervical spine/upper limb/shoulder - integrated direct and indirect approach
  • Introduction to critical appraisal
  • Rehabilitation strategies for chronic pain presentations – clinical guidelines

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, 2008, 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 hours (12 weeks)
Exam: practical50%
Exam: practical20%

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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