Not currently available in 2020

Unit description

Provides students with a deepening understanding of the diagnostic theory and methods in primary care medicine, with particular concentration on the modules of Aged Care, Rehabilitation Studies and exercise as therapy, Psychology and Counselling, and Pain Management. This unit also aims to integrate the osteopathic principles and practices into patient problems in these modules.

Unit content

Topic 1: Pain management in osteopathic practice
Topic 2: Principles of pain management - review of physiology and pathology of pain - advanced diagnostic skills
Topic 3: The Biopsychosocial model of health and illness
Topic 4: Principles of rehabilitation studies, and lifestyle management plans
Topic 5: Review of principles of exercise prescription - advanced diagnostic skills
Topic 6: Osteopathy in aged care, aged care principles
Topic 7: Principles of psychology and counselling
Topic 8: Principles of mind-body medicine
Topic 9: Case study development, including: case history interview - integration of basic and clinical sciences - nutritional and lifestyle considerations - diagnostic work up - development of a rational management plan

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

Teaching and assessment


Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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