In Applied Clinical Theory and Skills 5 students will consolidate their communication strategies as primary healthcare practitioners. There will be an opportunity to apply rehabilitation principles developed in previous units to workplace musculoskeletal complaints and patients undergoing orthopaedic and ergonomic interventions. Students will contribute to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's health through an exploration of barriers and enablers to healthcare access.

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HMO7004 - Applied Clinical Theory and Skills 4

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Commentate on the psychosocial, environmental, systemic and ethical factors impacting culturally and linguistically diverse patient populations presenting in osteopathic practice;  
  2. Articulate a working knowledge of culturally competent health provision for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples;  
  3. Contextualise the scope of an osteopath in the peri-orthopaedic setting, including some common pre-operative and post-operative interventions; and  
  4. Apply principles of occupational health and safety to the construct of a targeted ergonomic patient intervention.  


The first assignment assesses students' knowledge and ability to apply ergonomic advice to a patient scenario. The second assessment the presentation assesses students' knowledge of the implications of orthopaedic injuries and surgery to osteopathic management. In the presentation, students will address the complexities of managing patients from diverse backgrounds. In the written reflective piece, students reflect on ethical considerations in clinical practice, particularly those relating to diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Students will assessed on their understanding of cultural competence relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by providing a plan to promote cultural safe practice.
Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Part A Ergonomics risk assessment (350 words) 10%
Assignment Part B Evidence-based management plan (1000 words) 25%
Presentation Case study analysis and presentation (pairs) (15mins) 35%
Report Written reflective piece and a culturally safe plan for practice (individual - 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.

Required reading

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' health & wellbeing
Biles, B., & Biles, J. (2019)
Oxford University Press

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