This unit aims to secure students' emerging professional identity as an osteopath through reflection of their experience as a part of a clinical team in the student-led osteopathic clinic. A focus of this semester for the student is preparation to treat members of the public under supervision in the student led osteopathic clinics at Victoria University.
To facilitate their preparation for treating patients, students consider legal and regulatory requirements of osteopathic practice. Students are able to apply knowledge developed in previous Patient, Practitioner and the Health system (PPH) units by using outcome measures in the clinical environment.

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HBS3501 - Patient, Practitioner and Health System 5


HBS3602 - Evidence for Practice 6

HBS3603 - Scientific Basis for Osteopathy 6

HBS3604 - Clinical Skills 6

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Formulate osteopathic management plans for patients with a variety of health complaints;  
  2. Quantify patient health status using outcome measures;  
  3. Reflect on the operational requirements for management of a successful osteopathic practice;  
  4. Contextualise the legal and regulatory requirements impacting Australian osteopathic practice; and  
  5. Summarise and classify the contributors to the patient's pain experience.  


The formative assessments for this unit are: - In class, peer reviewed activities
Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Reflect on the operational and regulatory requirements impacting osteopathic practice (1500 words) 30%
Portfolio Evidence piece (1500 words) 30%
Examination 2 hour Written examination 40%
Participation in practical sessions with at least 90% attendance unless well-documented acceptable reasons are provided (hurdle requirement). The tutorial sessions for this unit are aligned with clinical placement and students will be able to consolidate their developing professional skills which are essential for their contribution to the osteopathy student clinic. The written examination is a hurdle requirement for this unit as it assesses content relating to legal and regulatory requirements of osteopathic practice as well as other important content for students to be prepared to enter their post graduate degree and commence treating patients in the clinic. A passing grade of 50% in this assessment is required to satisfactorily complete the unit overall.

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