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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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • 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)
Case study25%
Business Plan25%
Exam: closed book50%
Case presentationSR

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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