Patient and Health System 2

Unit code: HBS3004 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus


This unit develops students' specialized knowledge of being an Osteopath in the Australian healthcare system. To facilitate their preparation for undertaking osteopathic clinical placement, students consider legal, cultural, ethical and regulatory requirements of osteopathic practice. Students demonstrate inclusivity by exploring strategies to actively minimise discrimination based on culture, disability/ability, gender, sexuality, age, and other demographic factors. Students apply knowledge developed in previous units by using outcome measures for patient assessment and management.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Review and analyse osteopathic workforce data and common practices;
  2. Interpret knowledge of practices required for osteopathic clinical placements, including patient centred care;
  3. Contextualise the ethical and inclusivity considerations and legal and regulatory requirements impacting Australian osteopathic practice; and
  4. Apply outcome measures for patient assessment and management.


For Melbourne campuses

The online quiz in week 1 assesses students’ knowledge of the requirements for clinical practice and is essential for clinical placement in Year 3. The concept map assesses the students’ understanding of patient reported outcome measures used in osteopathic practice. The group presentation assesses students’ understanding of ethical and inclusivity considerations in practice and the final test assesses students’ knowledge of osteopathic workforce issues and capabilities for practice.

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 10%
Quiz (30mins)
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 30%
Concept map exploring outcome measures, including written rationale (500 words)
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 30%
Group presentation - ethical considerations for health practice (15mins)
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 30%
Test (90mins)

Required reading

RECOMMENDED TEXTS: A list of readings, websites and reference materials as required for each topic will be provided in the VU Collaborate space for this unit. Stone, J. (2002) An ethical framework for complementary and alternative therapists 1st ed. London: Routledge.

As part of a course

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

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