This unit aims to prepare students to be ready as a treating practitioner under supervision in the VU Teaching Clinics for the Clinical Practice units of the HMHO Masters. It aims to integrate the skills and knowledge developed in the previous Clinical Skills, Biomedical Science for Osteopathy, Evidence Based Practice for Osteopathy, and Patient & Health System units using Case Based Learning and patient simulation. Students will also be observing and reflecting on clinical practice in the VU Teaching Clinics.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Exhibit clinical reasoning for patient management that draws on an understanding of clinical skills, evidence for practice, biomedical sciences and the biopsychosocial factors influencing a case presentation;  
  2. Recognise biopsychosocial determinants of health and integrate suitable screening procedures into patient management;  
  3. Summarise and classify the contributors to the patient's pain experience; and  
  4. Formulate osteopathic management plans for patients with a variety of health complaints.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Case Study Case-based learning worksheet 1 20%
Test Clinical reasoning & decision making online test 40%
Case Study Case-based learning worksheet 2 20%
Report Completed clinical observation workbook with written reflection on patient observations (hurdle) 20%
90% attendance is required at practical and workshop classes in the osteopathic program as part of accreditation requirements. This unit requires 40 hours of clinical observation in the College Teaching Clinics undertaken over the calendar year. The tutorial activities in this unit are interactive and students are able to seek feedback from the tutor on meeting the learning outcomes and planning for assessment tasks.

Required reading

Students will be provided with an up-to-date reading list via the VU Collaborate system.

Evidence-Based Medicine. How to Practice and Teach EBM 5th ed
Straus, S., et al. (2018)
London: Elsevier

Designing Clinical Research 4th ed
Hulley, S.B., et al. (2013)
Philadelphia: Lippincott, William & Wilkins

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