HHS4285 examines the theoretical basis and practical application of methods utilised to identify common psychopathologies experienced by Australians. The techniques utilised to identify psychopathologies will assist osteopathic students in determining when to refer patients to another health professional in the osteopathic clinical setting.  Students will also consider the symptoms of psychopathology that are consistent with musculoskeletal conditions symptomatology in preparation for osteopathic practice. 

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Describe the effects that psychological variables may have on chronic pain management and symptomatology;  
  2. Identify symptoms that are consistent with common psychopathologies;  
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the range of treatments available for psychopathology;  
  4. Explain when and how a patient referral is required for specialist psychiatric or psychological treatment; and  
  5. Describe interpersonal strategies that are helpful in the management of a patient with acute or chronic psychopathology.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Presentation Group presentation (equivalent of 1500 words) 40%
Examination Practical assessment with simulated patient (equivalent of 1500 words) 40%
Other 10 online quizzes 20%
The total word equivalence of assessment tasks for this unit is approximately 3000 words.

Required reading

Abnormal psychology (5th ed.).
Oltmanns, T.E. & Emery, R.E. eds. (2007).
New Jersey/Pearson Education.

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