Patient and Health System 1 extend students' knowledge of the Australian healthcare system, with an emphasis on the health professional services available to patients. Students consider determinants of health, building on students developing knowledge of health, illness and disease affecting the Australian public. Health enhancing and risk behaviours are related to common diseases and students will reflect on the role of various health professions in delivering healthcare to patients. Students explore the impact of psychosocial factors on health status and health behaviours.

Unit details

Study level:
Credit points:
Unit code:

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Reflect on the position of Osteopathy in the broader health system;  
  2. Relate the health enhancing and health risk behaviours to common diseases in Australia;  
  3. Review the current approaches to health education, health promotion and disease prevention;  
  4. Reflect on psychological, social and environmental factors impacting health & well-being; and  
  5. Identify outcome measures used for patient assessment in Osteopathic practice.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test 2 online quizzes (MCQ) assessing the physical, environmental, social and psychological risks observed in a video of a simulated patient 20%
Assignment Worksheet on current approaches to health education, health promotion and disease prevention (in class) 40%
Presentation Group presentation - Outcome measures in healthcare 40%
80% attendance is required at tutorial, practical and workshop classes in the osteopathic program as a requirement of the accreditation documentation. The workshop activities in this unit are online. Interactive workshops will enable students to discuss LO, assessments and activities in a group forum. Students are able to access learning material online on VU Collaborate unit platform. Online discussion forums will be available to clarify assessment issues and assist students in achieving their learning outcomes.

Where to next?

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following courses. Refer to the course page for information on how to apply for the course.

VU takes care to ensure the accuracy of this unit information, but reserves the right to change or withdraw courses offered at any time. Please check that unit information is current with the Student Contact Centre.