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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

9

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Provides students with a deep understanding of the diagnostic theory and methods in primary care medicine while integrating osteopathic principles and practices into evidence-based patient care; develops professional and business knowledge and skills in readiness for independent community health practice.

Unit content

  • Case study development, including:
    • Case history interview
    • Integration of basic and clinical sciences
    • Nutritional and lifestyle considerations
    • Diagnostic work up, incorporating best available evidence
    • Development of a rational management plan, including chronic pain and neuro-musculoskeletal rehabilitation and interprofessional collaboration
    • Workshops on interventions in simulated osteopathic practice 

Cases will be drawn from the immunological, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, obstetrics and genitourinary systems.

  • Principles of health practice:
    • Business models and ethics
    • Taxation
    • Insurance Responsibilities

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 evaluate the signs and symptoms of disease in a range of patient present
2 develop evidence-informed working diagnoses based on clinical guidelines and appropriate findings from physical examination, laboratory and imaging technologies
3 critically explore the integration of the osteopathic concept of health and disease with the diagnostic process
4 construct rational management of patient cases based on an integrated diagnostic process and incorporating the best available evidence for neuro-musculoskeletal rehabilitation and chronic pain management
5 defend working diagnoses and treatment plans using rational clinical reasoning and problem solving skills
6 evaluate the professional issues of osteopathic practice, including business skills, ethics, medico-legal and financial management

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. evaluate the signs and symptoms of disease in a range of patient present
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  2. develop evidence-informed working diagnoses based on clinical guidelines and appropriate findings from physical examination, laboratory and imaging technologies
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  3. critically explore the integration of the osteopathic concept of health and disease with the diagnostic process
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  4. construct rational management of patient cases based on an integrated diagnostic process and incorporating the best available evidence for neuro-musculoskeletal rehabilitation and chronic pain management
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  5. defend working diagnoses and treatment plans using rational clinical reasoning and problem solving skills
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  6. evaluate the professional issues of osteopathic practice, including business skills, ethics, medico-legal and financial management
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
    • GA5: