Applied Clinical Theory and Skills 1 furthers the theoretical knowledge, clinical reasoning and manual skills of osteopathy students. Students investigate the pathophysiology, clinical presentations and management of rheumatological disorders relevant to osteopathic practice. This unit expands upon pain science theory that was introduced in the undergraduate program: students will have the opportunity to apply a range of tools to assist clinical decision making to a variety of musculoskeletal complaints.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Justify the contribution of osteopathy in team based patient care;  
  2. Conceptually map the presentations and management of rheumatological conditions commonly seen in osteopathic practice;  
  3. Extrapolate the neurological mechanisms involved in patients with chronic pain from use of patient reported outcome measures;  
  4. Elucidate the mechanisms of action of pain management agents used for patients presenting to osteopaths; and  
  5. Compose suitable management and monitoring strategies of patients with chronic pain.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Online Test (60mins, 1500 words) 10%
Report Case Study (1500 words) 20%
Project Written Task (2000 words) 40%
Presentation Oral Presentation (10mins, 1000 words) 30%
To gain an overall pass in this unit, students must attend 80% of all practical classes for essential skill development as per AOAC expectations.

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