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Unit description

Provides students with a deepening understanding of the diagnostic theory and methods in primary care medicine, with particular focus on aged care, rehabilitation studies and exercise as therapy, psychology and counselling, pain management and paediatrics. This unit also aims to develop advanced clinical reasoning while integrating the osteopathic principles and practices into patient care. Simulated clinical cases are used to develop clinical reasoning skills.

Unit content

  • The biopsychosocial model of health and illness
  • Principles of psychology and counselling relevant to osteopathic practice
    • Psychosocial issues in osteopathy practice
    • Mind-body medicine
    • Cognitive approaches in pain management
  • Principles of rehabilitation studies, and lifestyle management plans
    • Review of principles of exercise prescription
    • Advanced diagnostic skills
    • Rehabilitation in osteopathic practice
  • Principles of aged care
    • Osteopathy in aged care
  • Principles of Paediatrics
    • Osteopathy in paediatrics
  • Principles of Integrated care

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1identify and explain the signs and symptoms and diagnostic processes of disease identification in patient presentations in the aged care and paediatric domainsKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
2describe models of pain management, including the bio-psychosocial model Knowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
3demonstrate competency in clinical counselling, applying knowledge of the psychological influences on healthKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
4demonstrate competency in constructing appropriate lifestyle management plans for patient based on the principles of rehabilitationKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learningCultural competence
5critically explore the integration of the osteopathic concept of health and disease with the diagnostic processKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learningCultural competence
6demonstrate rational clinical reasoning and problem solving skills in the development of management plans for simulated patient cases.Knowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify and explain the signs and symptoms and diagnostic processes of disease identification in patient presentations in the aged care and paediatric domains
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  2. describe models of pain management, including the bio-psychosocial model
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  3. demonstrate competency in clinical counselling, applying knowledge of the psychological influences on health
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  4. demonstrate competency in constructing appropriate lifestyle management plans for patient based on the principles of rehabilitation
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  5. critically explore the integration of the osteopathic concept of health and disease with the diagnostic process
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  6. demonstrate rational clinical reasoning and problem solving skills in the development of management plans for simulated patient cases.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning

Prescribed texts

  • Higgs J et al, 2008, Clinical Reasoning in the Health Professions, 3rd, Elsevier, Amsterdam.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hrs (12 wks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hrs (12 wks)
Assessment
Case study60%
PresentationSR
Exam: closed book40%

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hrs (12 wks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hrs (12 wks)
Assessment
Case study60%
PresentationSR
Exam: closed book40%
Notice

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

Domestic

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

Fee paying courses
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International

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