Clinical Practice 2

Unit code: HMH7205 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
City Flinders
HMH7105 - Clinical Practice 1 and
HMO7001 - Applied Clinical Theory and Skills 1
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


Clinical Practice 2 unit occurs in the clinical environment and provides students with osteopathic workplace experience through their clinical placement hours in the student led osteopathic clinics within the university and community sector. Students treat members of the public under the supervision of osteopathic clinical educators and contribute to the operational running of the clinic. The clinical placement hours within this unit develop students’ capacity for teamwork, collaboration with peers and supervisors and communication with patients, and provides the environment for students to develop their confidence and maturity as an osteopathic practitioner.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate appropriate clinical assessment of the patient in the clinical environment including medical and osteopathic assessment;
  2. Formulate differential diagnoses, working diagnosis, and prognoses for the patient;
  3. Demonstrate effective communication, management skills and osteopathic capabilities to meet the needs of diverse patient populations and their biopsychosocial considerations; and
  4. Assess and advocate for patient referral to access relevant health and community services.


For Melbourne campuses

The MCQ & short answer test assesses fundamental knowledge of select assessments & justify diagnosis and prognosis for a range of conditions. The OCPA and ROF are assessments performed in the clinical setting, assessed by the supervising clinician, of various aspects a student’s performance of skills and communication with a patient. Finally, the student is assessed on their ability to communicate management strategies for a patient base and/or common patient presentation through creating a blog post.

Assessment type: Test
Grade: Pass/Fail
MCQ & short answer test assessing student ability to select assessments & justify diagnosis and/or prognosis for a range of conditions (30 mins)
Assessment type: Performance
Grade: Pass/Fail
Osteopathic Clinical Practice Assessment (OCPA) (15mins)
Assessment type: Performance
Grade: Pass/Fail
Report of Findings Assessment (ROF) to patient (10mins)
Assessment type: Other
Grade: Pass/Fail
Blog. Patient education and/or facilitation of referral. (700 words)

Required reading

Required readings will be available on VU Collaborate.

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):

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