Applied Clinical Theory and Skills 4

Unit code: HMO7004 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
HMO7002 - Applied Clinical Theory and Skills 2
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


Applied Clinical Theory and Skills 4 empowers students with the skills and knowledge to design evidence-based, targeted exercise programs for the management of musculoskeletal complaints in the peripheral joints. Students will explore the presentation and impact of common psychopathologies for a range of diverse populations including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and the LGBTQI+ community. Students will contextualise and justify 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 interpret and justify the role of nutrition in the presentation and management of osteopathic patient presentations.

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 a diverse population of patients with a focus on the peripheral regions.
  4. Prescribe individual musculoskeletal rehabilitation exercises for the management of diverse patient populations.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment task 1 will require students to utilise their skills in musculoskeletal rehabilitation with a focus on the peripheries and apply them to develop and justify a plan for patient management, presented in a written patient handout. In assessment task 2 students will use their theoretical knowledge of prevalent psychopathologies and nutritional deficiencies that present in osteopathic practice and provide a written report detailing an evidence-based plan for the appropriate management and referral for a given patient scenario. Assessment Task 3 requires students to extrapolate the information acquired in the management plan designed in Assessment task 2 and utilise professional communication skills to present and justify a prioritised plan for management to a simulated patient in appropriate language. Assessment Task 4, the final assessment is a practical skills demonstration that is conducted face to face.

Assessment type: Report
Grade: 10%
Written patient handout (1000 words) (Group)
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 35%
Case analysis (1500 words)
Assessment type: Project
Grade: 25%
Oral Presentation (12 mins) & patient referral letter (500 words per letter) (Group)
Assessment type: Examination
Grade: 30%
Observed Performance in a Simulated Setting (OPSS) (30mins, Hurdle Requirement)

Required reading

Brukner & Khan's Clinical Sports Medicine: Injuries
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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