Applied Clinical Theory and Skills 3

Unit code: HMO7003 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
City Flinders
HMO7002 - Applied Clinical Theory and Skills 2
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


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.

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.


For Melbourne campuses

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: Test
Grade: 10%
Test (30mins)
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 30%
Video of Case Based analysis (10mins)
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 35%
Observed Performance in a Simulated Setting (OPSS) (20mins) (hurdle)
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 25%
Group Presentation of PBL cases (15mins)

Required reading

Required readings will be made available on VU Collaborate.

As part of a course

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