This unit, Patient, Practitioner and Health system 7, focuses on ensuring students have the skills and knowledge to elucidate the presence of psychosocial issue during patient consultations and relate this to the epidemiology of common chronic health complaints in Australia and an ageing population.  Students are able to apply knowledge developed in previous Patient, practitioner and the health system units by using outcome measures in their problem-based learning (PBL) classes and the clinical environment. 

Unit details

Study level:
Credit points:
Unit code:


Successful completion of the HBSO Bachelor of Science (Clinical Sciences) course


HMH7901 - Evidence for Practice 7

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Investigate psychosocial, environmental, systemic and ethical factors impacting osteopathic practice  
  2. Elucidate the epidemiology of common chronic health complaints in the aging population and management of these conditions in the Australian healthcare system  
  3. Assess physiological, anatomical, functional and psychosocial changes in the aging patient  
  4. Propose suitable management and monitoring strategies of patients with chronic pain diagnosis  
  5. Debate the contribution of osteopathy in team based patient care  


Assessment type Description Grade
Performance Contribution to PBL discussions and group collaboration (equivalent to 2000 words) 20%
Presentation PBL group presentation (equivalent to 2000 words) 20%
Examination Written Examination (1.5 hours) 30%
Test Two Online Quizzes (1 hour each) 30%
90% attendance is required for tutorials and practical workshop classes in the osteopathic program consistent with AOAC accreditation documentation. The written examination is a hurdle requirement and 50% constitutes a pass grade for this examination.

Where to next?

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following courses. Refer to the course page for information on how to apply for the course.

Study a single unit

This unit may be available as a single unit of study.

Find out more about how to apply for single units of study at VU.

VU takes care to ensure the accuracy of this unit information, but reserves the right to change or withdraw courses offered at any time. Please check that unit information is current with the Student Contact Centre.