Clinical Practice 2 unit occurs in the clinical environment and provides students with osteopathic workplace experience through their clinical placement hours in the student led osteopathic clinics within the university and community sector. Students treat members of the public under the supervision of osteopathic clinical educators and contribute to the operational running of the clinic. The clinical placement hours within this unit develop students' capacity for teamwork, collaboration with peers and supervisors and communication with patients, and provides the environment for students to develop their confidence and maturity as an osteopathic practitioner.

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HMH7105 - Clinical Practice 1 and

HMO7001 - Applied Clinical Theory and Skills 1

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate appropriate clinical assessment of the patient in the clinical environment including medical and osteopathic assessment;  
  2. Formulate differential diagnoses, working diagnosis, and prognoses for the patient;  
  3. Demonstrate effective communication, management skills and osteopathic capabilities to meet the needs of diverse patient populations and their biopsychosocial considerations; and  
  4. Assess and advocate for patient referral to access relevant health and community services.  


The MCQ & short answer test assesses fundamental knowledge of select assessments & justify diagnosis and prognosis for a range of conditions. The OCPA and ROF are assessments performed in the clinical setting, assessed by the supervising clinician, of various aspects a student's performance of skills and communication with a patient. Finally, the student is assessed on their ability to communicate management strategies for a patient base and/or common patient presentation through creating a blog post.
Assessment type Description Grade
Test MCQ & short answer test assessing student ability to select assessments & justify diagnosis and/or prognosis for a range of conditions (30 mins) Pass/Fail
Performance Osteopathic Clinical Practice Assessment (OCPA) (15mins) Pass/Fail
Performance Report of Findings Assessment (ROF) to patient (10mins) Pass/Fail
Other Blog. Patient education and/or facilitation of referral. (700 words) Pass/Fail
Students are required to gain a pass in all assessment items to pass this unit. Students must also provide a completed workbook demonstrating required number of clinical hours and a record of patient consultations to pass this unit.

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

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