Applied Clinical Theory and Skills 2

Unit code: HMO7002 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
HMO7001 - Applied Clinical Theory and Skills 1
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


In Applied Clinical Theory and Skills 2, students will implement the principles of exercise rehabilitation and are empowered with the knowledge to design evidence-based, targeted exercise programs for the management of musculoskeletal complaints focused on the spine. Students will contextualise and justify the role of an osteopath in the care of the older adult and will embark on a targeted journey to explore key concepts in gerontology. Students will extrapolate the impact of common chronic health complaints in the aging population and discuss strategies to provide culturally responsive care for diverse aging populations including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and the LGBTQI+ community.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Assess physiological, anatomical, functional and psychosocial changes in the aging patient;
  2. Elucidate the epidemiology of common chronic health complaints in the aging population and management and monitoring of these conditions in the Australian healthcare system;
  3. Explore the principles of rehabilitation programs and evaluate their role in preventative and rehabilitative care of a diverse patient population; and
  4. Formulate and interpret exercise management programs to support the rehabilitation of patient complaints with a focus on the spine.


For Melbourne campuses

The online test assesses fundamental knowledge of rehabilitation and preventative care of the patient. In assessment 2, students are assessed on their interpretation and recommended management of patient case studies involving the aging patient and how this may affect the broader Australian healthcare system. Students will develop a supplementary artefact in assessment 3 that is aimed to be provided as a patient information handout. The final OPSS assesses the students’ practical skills in formulating and delivering an exercise program to support a patient complaint.

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 15%
Online Test (45mins)
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 25%
Case Study Analysis (Group 15% of assessment, Individual 85% of assessment) (15 mins)
Assessment type: Project
Grade: 20%
Patient Handout (Group) (1000 words)
Assessment type: Examination
Grade: 40%
Observed Performance in a Simulated Setting (OPSS) (30mins) (hurdle)

Required reading

Brukner & Khan’s Clinical Sports Medicine: The Medicine of Exercise
Brukner P, & Khan K (Eds.), (2019).| McGraw-Hill.
Exercise to Prevent and Manage Chronic Disease Across the Lifespan.
Feehan, J., Tripodi, N., & Apostolopoulos, V., (Eds.) (2022).| Academic Press.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' health & wellbeing.
Biles, B., & Biles, J., (Eds.) (2019).| Oxford University Press.

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