Clinical Skills 6

Unit code: HBS3604 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
City Flinders
HBS3504 - Clinical Skills 5 and
HBO3009 - Biomedical Science for Osteopathy 9
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


Clinical Skills 6 develops clinical reasoning and critical thinking skills, to prepare students entering clinical placement and osteopathic practice. The unit places emphasis on the contributors and mechanisms of pain and centres this focus on the acute pain presentation. The unit further develops students’ skills in case-history taking, clinical examination, osteopathic manual techniques and management of common conditions presenting in osteopathic practice via exposure to a diverse range of simulated case scenarios. There is a focus on the development of new skills in High Velocity Low Amplitude (HVLA) techniques for junctional and peripheral regions. Students participate in clinical placement observation hours alongside this unit which allows students to observe these skills used in practice by senior osteopathic students.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Elicit a patient and condition-specific clinical history;
  2. Integrate clinical reasoning with practical skills to justify diagnosis and management of common conditions presenting in osteopathic practice;
  3. Exhibit osteopathic manual techniques and management strategies for conditions of the spine and peripheral joints; and
  4. Justify the contributors and mechanisms of pain to patient management.


For Melbourne campuses

In the first assessment students will collaborate in groups to identify and discuss pertinent details of a patient case. This will include the justification of the diagnosis and contributing pain mechanisms. Each group will submit this discussion, using the provided clinical reasoning template. In assessment 3 students will build on these skills individually, using an extended version of the template to critique a patient case and justify the diagnosis and management strategies that are appropriate. Assessment task 2 will require professional communication and history taking skills to elicit a patient specific clinical history. Student will also submit a short reflection on their performance. The final assessment is a practical skills demonstration that is conducted face to face.

Assessment type: Exercise
Grade: 10%
Clinical reasoning group task (500 words)
Assessment type: Other
Grade: 20%
History taking reflection task (600 words)
Assessment type: Case Study
Grade: 30%
Individual written case study report (1000 words)
Assessment type: Examination
Grade: 40%
Observed Performance in a Simulated Setting (OPSS) (hurdle requirement) (45mins)

Required reading

Manipulation of the spine, thorax and pelvis: An osteopathic perspective
Gibbons, P., & Tehan, P. (2016)| Australia: Elsevier

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