In this unit students will be exposed to principles of exercise rehabilitation and commence their application of this additional patient management strategy to patient cases. Students continue to develop their clinical skills through chronic pain and rehabilitation focused workshops. Chronic pain theory and practice are revisited with students extending their knowledge of pain mechanisms relevant to osteopathic practice.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Explore the principles of rehabilitation programs and evaluate their role in preventative and rehabilitative care of the patient  
  2. Formulate and interpret exercise management programs to support the rehabilitation of patient complaints with a focus on the spine;  
  3. Contextualise advanced osteopathic techniques for the spine;  
  4. Extrapolate the neurological mechanisms involved in patients with chronic pain  
  5. Propose appropriate pharmacological agents for treatment and management of patients with chronic pain  
  6. Elucidate the mechanisms of action of pain management agents that are likely to be used as treatments for patients presenting to osteopaths  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Two Online Quizzes (1 hour each) 20%
Examination Written examination (1.5 hours) 45%
Assignment Project Video of case management with reflective journal. Students will be recording a video of a peer simulated patient. (equivalent to 2000 words) 35%
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 as such a minimum 50 % pass grade is required to satisfactorily complete the unit overall as learning outcome 5 & 6 are only assessed in this task.

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