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Unit description

Provides students with a deep understanding of the diagnostic theory and methods in primary care medicine while integrating osteopathic principles and practices into evidence-based patient care; develops professional and business knowledge and skills in readiness for independent community health practice.

Unit content

  • Case study development, including:
    • Case history interview
    • Integration of basic and clinical sciences
    • Nutritional and lifestyle considerations
    • Diagnostic work up, incorporating best available evidence
    • Development of a rational management plan, including chronic pain and neuro-musculoskeletal rehabilitation and interprofessional collaboration
    • Workshops on interventions in simulated osteopathic practice 

Cases will be drawn from the immunological, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, obstetrics and genitourinary systems.

  • Principles of health practice:
    • Business models and ethics
    • Taxation
    • Insurance Responsibilities

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
1evaluate the signs and symptoms of disease in a range of patient presentKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
2develop evidence-informed working diagnoses based on clinical guidelines and appropriate findings from physical examination, laboratory and imaging technologiesKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
3critically explore the integration of the osteopathic concept of health and disease with the diagnostic processEthical practiceKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
4construct rational management of patient cases based on an integrated diagnostic process and incorporating the best available evidence for neuro-musculoskeletal rehabilitation and chronic pain managementEthical practiceKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
5defend working diagnoses and treatment plans using rational clinical reasoning and problem solving skillsKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
6evaluate the professional issues of osteopathic practice, including business skills, ethics, medico-legal and financial managementEthical practiceKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning

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

  1. evaluate the signs and symptoms of disease in a range of patient present
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  2. develop evidence-informed working diagnoses based on clinical guidelines and appropriate findings from physical examination, laboratory and imaging technologies
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  3. critically explore the integration of the osteopathic concept of health and disease with the diagnostic process
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  4. construct rational management of patient cases based on an integrated diagnostic process and incorporating the best available evidence for neuro-musculoskeletal rehabilitation and chronic pain management
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  5. defend working diagnoses and treatment plans using rational clinical reasoning and problem solving skills
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  6. evaluate the professional issues of osteopathic practice, including business skills, ethics, medico-legal and financial management
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
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 study25%
Business Plan25%
Exam: closed book50%
Case presentationSR
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
For information regarding Student Contribution Amounts please visit the Student Contribution Amounts.
Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

Fee paying courses
For POSTGRADUATE or UNDERGRADUATE full fee paying courses please check Domestic Postgraduate Fees OR Domestic Undergraduate Fees

International

Please check the international course and fee list to determine the relevant fees.

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