Applied Clinical Theory and Skills 3 further develops students' knowledge and skills with indirect osteopathic techniques for common musculoskeletal complaints. Students will extend their knowledge of diagnostic imaging and will have the opportunity to analyse and interpret images featuring clinical pathologies common to osteopathic practice. Students will also develop an appreciation for other diagnostic imaging modalities for musculoskeletal complaints. Students will be introduced to key concepts related to the musculoskeletal care of obstetric, paediatric and adolescent populations.

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HMO7002 - Applied Clinical Theory and Skills 2

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Elucidate the professional scope of an osteopath with respect to diagnostic imaging in the health care setting;  
  2. Formulate likely diagnoses based on findings from diagnostic images and recommend appropriate management strategies;  
  3. Contextualise indirect osteopathic techniques for the spine, pelvis and periphery; and  
  4. Elucidate the anatomical, physiological, functional and psychosocial considerations relating to the management and monitoring of the paediatric, adolescent, and obstetric patient.  


The test assesses fundamental knowledge of the osteopath's role in diagnostic imaging and interpretation of patient images. The presentation involves a video of the student discussing a case in relation to diagnostic imaging and recommended management. The OPSS assesses students' understanding and skills in performing 'indirect' osteopathic techniques. Finally, in the group presentation students are assessed on their interpretation and recommended management of patient cases involving the paediatric, adolescent, and obstetric patient.
Assessment type Description Grade
Test Test (30mins) 10%
Presentation Video of Case Based analysis (10mins) 30%
Test Observed Performance in a Simulated Setting (OPSS) (20mins) (hurdle) 35%
Presentation Group Presentation of PBL cases (15mins) 25%
To gain an overall pass in this unit, students must attend 80% of all practical classes for essential skill development as per AOAC expectations. The OPSS is a hurdle assessment because it assesses critical osteopathic clinical skills.

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