HBS3501 Patient, Practitioner and the Health System 5, aims to develop students' specialized knowledge of being a health professional in the Australian healthcare system. Students will be able to apply the content of this unit in their placements in the student led clinic.  Students will be able to reflect on effective and ineffective communication skills through classroom based discussions of their clinical observations. The students identity as an osteopathic student is established with opportunity to consider their future as an osteopath. This unit is closely aligned with HBS3504 - Clinical Skills 5, in which students undertake their first experience of clinical placement. 

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HBS3502 - Evidence for Practice 5

HBS3503 - Scientific Basis for Osteopathy 5

HBS3504 - Clinical Skills 5

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Review the available data and common practices of the osteopathic workforce;  
  2. Evaluate, through peer review, clinical records for compliance with regulatory requirements;  
  3. Recognise biopsychosocial determinants of health and integrate suitable screening procedures into patient management;  
  4. Extrapolate principles of self-care to osteopathic practice; and  
  5. Evaluate, through peer review, communication with another health care professional.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Other 4 class related activities completed prior to or during workshop/tutorial that relate to osteopathy workforce, regulatory requirements and self care 30%
Case Study Review of patient presentation in the VU Osteopathy Clinic and identify determinants of health and apply suitable screening tool 40%
Portfolio E-portfolio of evidence meeting outcomes of unit 30%
The total word equivalence of the combined assessment tasks equates to 5000 words for a 12 credit point unit. Participation in workshop and tutorial sessions with at least 90% attendance is required unless well documented, acceptable reasons are provided (hurdle requirement).

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