This unit aims to extend students knowledge and skills of osteopathic techniques and management strategies. This unit has three modules with the following topic areas.

  • Module 1: Visceral osteopathy - osteopathic management of conditions with visceral involvement. 

  • Module 2: Ergonomics - introduction to principles and concepts of clinical ergonomics and ergonomic prescription in osteopathic practice. 

  • Module 3: Orthopaedics and Surgical Information - information required for day-to-day osteopathic practice. 

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HHU4286 - Clinical Practicum 6

HHO4284 - Osteopathic Science 8

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Extrapolate and justify existing osteopathic technique skills and principles to assess and manage common visceral conditions amenable to osteopathic treatment;  
  2. Investigate specific visceral techniques in the context of osteopathic practice and appraise their role in treatment planning and patient management;  
  3. Evaluate ergonomic issues affecting diverse patient groups including children, pregnant women and the elderly and negotiate appropriate ergonomic advice for patient management;  
  4. Articulate the relationship between common and complex orthopaedic conditions, their medical management and subsequent implications for osteopathic assessment and treatment of the patient in surgical, pre-operative and post-operative contexts  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Ergonomics assignment (1000 words) 33%
Assignment Clinical orthopaedics assignment (1250 words) 33%
Examination Fifteen (15) minute practical examination (equivalent to 1000 words) 34%
The practical assessment for this unit is a hurdle requirement. This practical assessment is a hurdle because practical skill development is fundamental to osteopathic practice and demonstrating practical skills at a pass level relates to technical competence and safety. 90% attendance is required at tutorial, practical and workshop classes in the osteopathic program. The workshops practicals activities in this unit are interactive and students are able to seek feedback from the facilitator on meeting the learning outcomes and planning for assessment tasks.

Required reading

Articles and book chapters as follows:

Visceral Manipulation pp845-849 3rd edn
Lossing, K. (2011). In: Chila AG, ed. Foundations For Osteopathic Medicine:
Lippincott William & Wilkins

Effectiveness of Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy for Managing Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Systematic Review. 2014;114(6):470-479
Muller, A. et al. (2014).
J Am Osteopath Assoc.

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