In this unit students will integrate fundamental knowledge of nutrition with their specialised osteopathic clinical assessment and management skills. The role of macronutrients and micronutrients in the body is considered and an optimal diet for Australians is described. Nutrition needs though the lifecycle are discussed focusing on specific nutrition related conditions that might be encountered in osteopathic clinical practice. The role of food in lifestyle diseases, and the nutritional management of these diseases is also addressed. The varied roles of dieticians and nutritionists and likely opportunities for inter-professional practice and referral are explored.  

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically evaluate the role of nutrients in general patterns of health and disease;  
  2. Conceptually map the nutrient composition of foods, the assimilation of these nutrients into the body and advocate the virtues of a balanced diet;  
  3. Access and appraise the evidence base linking nutrition, diet and musculo-skeletal fitness at various life stages; and  
  4. Predict the likely impact of nutritional status in specific clinical conditions relevant to osteopathic practice and make diet and nutrition referrals as appropriate.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Review Journal Article Review (1000 words) 30%
Report Clinical Case Review and Report (1000 words) 30%
Examination Written Examination (1 hour) 40%

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