Applied Clinical Theory and Skills 4 empowers students with knowledge of targeted exercise programs for musculoskeletal complaints in the peripheral joints. Students will explore the role of an osteopath in the management of mental health disorders. Public health principles represent the final focus of this unit and students will have the opportunity to consider the role of nutrition in various osteopathic patient presentations.

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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. Articulate the symptoms and reflect on the implications for Osteopathic management of the most prevalent psychopathologies affecting the Australian population;  
  2. Adapt principles of nutrition to the management of osteopathy patients and critically reflect on the implications for the individual; and  
  3. Formulate and interpret exercise management programs to support the rehabilitation of patient complaints with a focus on the peripheral regions.  


Assessment task 1 and 4 will require students to utilise their skills in musculoskeletal rehabilitation with a focus on the peripheries and apply them to patient presentations that are common in osteopathic practice. In assessment task 2 and 3, students will use their theoretical knowledge of prevalent psychopathologies and nutritional deficiencies that present in osteopathic practice and discuss the appropriate management and referral of these patients.
Assessment type Description Grade
Report Written patient handout (1000 words) (Group) 10%
Report Case analysis (1500 words) 35%
Project Oral Presentation (12 mins) & patient referral letter (500 words per letter) (Group) 25%
Test Practical test (30mins) 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. The Practical Test is a hurdle assessment and 50% constitutes a pass grade for this assessment.

Required reading

Brukner & Khan's Clinical Sports Medicine: Injuries Vol 1, 5th ed
Brukner, P, & Khan, K, (Eds.) (2019)

Further required readings will be made available on VU Collaborate.

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