The aim of this unit is to consolidate the students experience of osteopathic practice achieved in HHU4185, HHU4286 and HHU5187 through continual clinical placement in the student led, patient centred, evidence informed osteopathic teaching clinic. This unit is designed as a final clinical experience opportunity for students in the student led osteopathic clinic. A key priority in this unit is preparing students for graduation and entry into the osteopathic workforce, which is likely to be independent private practice.

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HHU5187 - Clinical Practicum 7

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Evaluate their own patient-centred communication skills and that of their peers;  
  2. Critically reflect on their patient management strategies;  
  3. Defend patient-centred, evidence informed management plans that take into account all aspects of the patient's problem and lifestyle;  
  4. Implement primary patient care responsibilities;  
  5. Critique on the skills to manage the patient centred, student-led, on-campus clinic and external clinics; and  
  6. Scope the requirements to establish themselves as a professional in the Australian health system  


Participation in practical sessions with at least 90% attendance unless well-documented acceptable reasons are provided (hurdle requirement). This unit is clinical placement and students need to ensure they meet hour requirements for the unit. All summative assessments are hurdle requirements as they directly correlate to the nature of osteopathic practice. The assessment for this unit is not graded due to the professionalism nature of the learning outcomes and teaching and learning strategies. The focus of clinical practicum units is on developing competency in the clinical domain of osteopathy, which students develop at varying rates across the program. The assessments in this unit are designed to ensure students are deemed safe to continue their progression to subsequent clinical units and preparation for osteopathic practice. A student fails if they do not achieve the minimum expected level of competence for a fifth year osteopathic student.
Assessment type Description Grade
Portfolio Clinic portfolio reporting completion of hours, patient consultations, clinical activities, clinical record assessment (equivalent to 3000 words) Pass/Fail
Practicum 20 minutes of practical assessment (4 x mini-clinical examination) - equivalent to 500 words Pass/Fail
Portfolio Graduate capability portfolio with evidence pieces (equivalent to 1500 words) Pass/Fail
Examination 2 hour MCQ paper on safety for clinical practice (equivalent to 2000 words) Pass/Fail
The total word equivalence of the combined assessment tasks equates to 7000 words. Whilst professionalism is not formally assessed within this unit, students are expected to maintain a level of professionalism in all their clinical activities. A demerit point system applies in all clinical units. The demerit point system has been introduced to record incidences of unprofessional behaviour in the clinical setting and applies in all clinical units.Attainment of more than 20 demerit points within the one semester will result in a fail grade.

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