This unit, Patient, Practitioner and Health System 8, 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 aging 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.
Students will consider psychopathologies relevant to osteopathic practice by identifying the common conditions affecting the Australian population. In this unit students will also investigate patient expectations and experiences of osteopathic care.

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HMH7101 - Patient, Practitioner and Health System 7


HMH7902 - Evidence for Practice 8

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Appraise the symptoms of the most prevalent psychopathologies affecting the Australian population  
  2. Investigate patient expectations, access and experience of osteopathic care  
  3. Elucidate the epidemiology of common chronic health complaints in the aging population and management of these conditions in the Australian healthcare system;  
  4. Assess physiological, anatomical, functional and psychosocial changes in the aging patient; and  
  5. Propose suitable management and monitoring strategies of patients with chronic pain diagnosis.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Two Quizzes (1 hour each) 30%
Performance Contribution and group collaboration in problem based learning classes (equivalent to 2000 words) 20%
Presentation Problem based learning presentation (equivalent to 2000 words) 20%
Examination Written examination (1.5 hours) 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.

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