This 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 external community clinical placement & private practice under the supervision and mentorship of registered osteopaths. 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. It provides the environment for students to consolidate their confidence and maturity as an osteopath and be well equipped to enter the workforce as health care practitioners.

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HMH7205 - Clinical Practice 2

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Justify and implement an appropriate biopsychosocial management plan that empowers the patient with self-management strategies;  
  2. Demonstrate effective communication skills in the clinical environment with an understanding of diverse patient populations;  
  3. Critically reflect on their evidence-informed patient management; and  
  4. Scope the requirements to establish themselves as a primary health care professional in the Australian health system.  


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. Students demonstrate and reflect on meeting the capabilities for osteopathic practice in the portfolio for this final clinical placement unit. Finally, the student is assessed in an OSCE on a range of clinical capabilities and skills necessary for osteopathic practice.
Assessment type Description Grade
Performance Osteopathic Clinical Practice Assessment (OCPA) (15mins) Pass/Fail
Performance Report of Findings Assessment (ROF) to patient (10mins) Pass/Fail
Portfolio Portfolio of evidence demonstrating competence in the OBA Capabilities for Osteopathic Practice. (1200 words) Pass/Fail
Examination OSCE Examination: 120 minute Practical assessment (Clinic exit exam) 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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