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Gold Coast
Lismore

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1evaluate the signs and symptoms of disease in a range of patient present
2develop evidence-informed working diagnoses based on clinical guidelines and appropriate findings from physical examination, laboratory and imaging technologies
3critically explore the integration of the osteopathic concept of health and disease with the diagnostic process
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 management
5defend working diagnoses and treatment plans using rational clinical reasoning and problem solving skills
6evaluate the professional issues of osteopathic practice, including business skills, ethics, medico-legal and financial management

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

  1. evaluate the signs and symptoms of disease in a range of patient present
  2. develop evidence-informed working diagnoses based on clinical guidelines and appropriate findings from physical examination, laboratory and imaging technologies
  3. critically explore the integration of the osteopathic concept of health and disease with the diagnostic process
  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
  5. defend working diagnoses and treatment plans using rational clinical reasoning and problem solving skills
  6. evaluate the professional issues of osteopathic practice, including business skills, ethics, medico-legal and financial management

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hrs (12 wks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hrs (12 wks)
Assessment
Case study30%
Business Plan30%
Online Quiz20%
Case presentation20%

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hrs (12 wks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hrs (12 wks)
Assessment
Case study30%
Business Plan30%
Online Quiz20%
Case presentation20%
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every teaching period. 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 teaching period.

Fee information

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Fee paying courses
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International

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