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Gold Coast
Lismore

Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Faculty/College

Faculty of Health

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.

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

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.