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CHIR873 – Neuromusculoskeletal Diagnosis 1

2017 – S1 Day

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Stephney Whillier
Ben Brown
Credit points Credit points
4
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MChiroprac and (CHIR311 or CHIR316 or (CHIR602 and CHIR603 and CHIR604 and CHIR605 and CHIR606 and CHIR607))
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
This unit introduces you to common neurological and orthopaedic conditions. A variety of teaching methods are employed, from didactic lectures based on current evidence that are made available online, to tutorials that are underpinned by a social constructivist approach to building knowledge, using the discussion of case studies to develop diagnostic skill. You will develop competency in neurological and orthopaedic examination and in developing a differential diagnosis based on the patient’s signs and symptoms at clinical presentation. The knowledge and skills acquired during this unit are fundamental for diagnostic competence in chiropractic practice.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at http://students.mq.edu.au/student_admin/enrolmentguide/academicdates/

Learning Outcomes

  1. Perform the clinical neuromusculoskeletal history taking and examination competently
  2. Show an ability to draw on acquired theoretical knowledge (anatomy, physiology, pathology, diagnostic test accuracy and clinemetrics) in order to tailor the physical examination to the clinical presentation of the patient and from this develop a differential diagnosis and clinical management plan.
  3. Develop strong clinical reasoning skills and the ability to diagnose conditions that are suitable or contraindicated in chiropractic care, including conditions of non-musculoskeletal origin
  4. Demonstrate the ability to find, select and critique appropriate literature to answer an identified question to direct clinical diagnosis and management. Use acquired knowledge to evaluate conditions, research these cases further using appropriate reference material and communicate findings
  5. Participate in practical sessions in which the knowledge acquired from texts and lectures is applied in a group situation. Reason, question and communicate your understandings to your peers and tutors as you complete tasks set in the practicals
  6. Develop a respect and empathy for patients, and an ethical and professional attitude to health care. In this regard, you should develop a commitment to remain informed and up-to-date in your profession

General Assessment Information

Examinations

The Semester 1 University Examination period is from: 12th of June – 30th of June, 2017.

You are expected to present yourself for examination at the time and place designated in the University examination timetable. The timetable will be available in draft form approximately eight weeks before the commencement of the examinations and in final form approximately four weeks before the commencement of the examinations:

http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au/exam

The only exception to not sitting an examination at the designated time is because of documented illness or unavoidable disruption. In these circumstances you may wish to consider applying for disruption to studies. Information about the disruption to studies process is available at

http://students.mq.edu.au/student_admin/exams/disruption_to_studies/

In particular, pay attention to the following information on the Disruption to Studies site:

The disruption to studies policy applies only to serious and unavoidable disruptions that arise after a study period has commenced.

Serious and unavoidable disruption: The University classifies a disruption as serious and unavoidable if it:

  • could not have reasonably been anticipated, avoided or guarded against by the student; and
  • was beyond the student's control; and
  • caused substantial disruption to the student's capacity for effective study and/or completion of required work; and
  • occurred during an event critical study period and was at least three (3) consecutive days duration, and/or
  • prevented completion of a final examination.

Students with a pre-existing disability/health condition or prolonged adverse circumstances may be eligible for ongoing assistance and support.  Such support is governed by other policies and may be sought and coordinated through Campus Wellbeing and Support Services.

If a supplementary examination is granted as a result of the disruption to studies process the examination will be scheduled after the conclusion of the official examination period. (Individual Faculties may wish to signal when the Faculty Supplementary exams are normally scheduled.)

It is important to realise that you must not put in a Disruption to Studies ahead of a final examination. If you are granted a supplementary exam via the Disruption to Studies process, you will have to write a supplementary exam in the supplementary exam period. In this scenario, only your supplementary exam mark will count towards your final exam mark, irrespective of whether or not you attended the final exam in the normal examination period. The submission of a Disruption to Studies form should not be used as a ‘just in case’ strategy.

NOTE: Supplementary exams may be in a different format to the exam set in the normal examination period e.g. oral examination.

You are advised that it is Macquarie University policy not to set early examinations for individuals or groups of students. You are expected to ensure that you are available until the end of the teaching semester that is the final day of the official examination period.

 

Please note: If you apply for Disruption to Study for your final examination, you must make yourself available for the week of July 24 – 28, 2017.  If you are not available at that time, there is no guarantee an additional examination time will be offered. Specific examination dates and times will be determined at a later date.

 

Returning Assessment Tasks                                                                                                                        

  1. The case study will be returned in the first tutorial of semester 2, and feedback will be given.
  2. OSCE: Scoring sheets will be returned to students for feedback purposes.
  3. Examination: Papers will not be returned. Marks will be incorporated into the final unit grade.

Extensions and penalties                                                                                                        

Extensions to assignments are at the discretion of the unit convenor. It is your responsibility to prove to the convenor that there has been unavoidable disruption. Marks will be deducted for late submissions in the absence of an approved extension.

 

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Due
Orthopaedics OSCE I 15% Week 6
Neurology OSCE I 10% Week 7
Orthopaedics OSCE II 15% Week 12
Neurology OSCE II 10% Week 13
Neurology Case Study 10% Week 11
Final Examination 40% Examination Period

Orthopaedics OSCE I

Due: Week 6
Weighting: 15%

Invigilated practical assessment


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Perform the clinical neuromusculoskeletal history taking and examination competently
  • Show an ability to draw on acquired theoretical knowledge (anatomy, physiology, pathology, diagnostic test accuracy and clinemetrics) in order to tailor the physical examination to the clinical presentation of the patient and from this develop a differential diagnosis and clinical management plan.
  • Develop strong clinical reasoning skills and the ability to diagnose conditions that are suitable or contraindicated in chiropractic care, including conditions of non-musculoskeletal origin
  • Participate in practical sessions in which the knowledge acquired from texts and lectures is applied in a group situation. Reason, question and communicate your understandings to your peers and tutors as you complete tasks set in the practicals
  • Develop a respect and empathy for patients, and an ethical and professional attitude to health care. In this regard, you should develop a commitment to remain informed and up-to-date in your profession

Neurology OSCE I

Due: Week 7
Weighting: 10%

Invigilated practical assessment


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Perform the clinical neuromusculoskeletal history taking and examination competently
  • Show an ability to draw on acquired theoretical knowledge (anatomy, physiology, pathology, diagnostic test accuracy and clinemetrics) in order to tailor the physical examination to the clinical presentation of the patient and from this develop a differential diagnosis and clinical management plan.
  • Develop strong clinical reasoning skills and the ability to diagnose conditions that are suitable or contraindicated in chiropractic care, including conditions of non-musculoskeletal origin
  • Participate in practical sessions in which the knowledge acquired from texts and lectures is applied in a group situation. Reason, question and communicate your understandings to your peers and tutors as you complete tasks set in the practicals
  • Develop a respect and empathy for patients, and an ethical and professional attitude to health care. In this regard, you should develop a commitment to remain informed and up-to-date in your profession

Orthopaedics OSCE II

Due: Week 12
Weighting: 15%

Invigilated practical assessment


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Perform the clinical neuromusculoskeletal history taking and examination competently
  • Show an ability to draw on acquired theoretical knowledge (anatomy, physiology, pathology, diagnostic test accuracy and clinemetrics) in order to tailor the physical examination to the clinical presentation of the patient and from this develop a differential diagnosis and clinical management plan.
  • Develop strong clinical reasoning skills and the ability to diagnose conditions that are suitable or contraindicated in chiropractic care, including conditions of non-musculoskeletal origin
  • Participate in practical sessions in which the knowledge acquired from texts and lectures is applied in a group situation. Reason, question and communicate your understandings to your peers and tutors as you complete tasks set in the practicals
  • Develop a respect and empathy for patients, and an ethical and professional attitude to health care. In this regard, you should develop a commitment to remain informed and up-to-date in your profession

Neurology OSCE II

Due: Week 13
Weighting: 10%

Invigilated practical assessment


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Perform the clinical neuromusculoskeletal history taking and examination competently
  • Show an ability to draw on acquired theoretical knowledge (anatomy, physiology, pathology, diagnostic test accuracy and clinemetrics) in order to tailor the physical examination to the clinical presentation of the patient and from this develop a differential diagnosis and clinical management plan.
  • Develop strong clinical reasoning skills and the ability to diagnose conditions that are suitable or contraindicated in chiropractic care, including conditions of non-musculoskeletal origin
  • Participate in practical sessions in which the knowledge acquired from texts and lectures is applied in a group situation. Reason, question and communicate your understandings to your peers and tutors as you complete tasks set in the practicals
  • Develop a respect and empathy for patients, and an ethical and professional attitude to health care. In this regard, you should develop a commitment to remain informed and up-to-date in your profession

Neurology Case Study

Due: Week 11
Weighting: 10%

Non-invigilated case study write up


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Show an ability to draw on acquired theoretical knowledge (anatomy, physiology, pathology, diagnostic test accuracy and clinemetrics) in order to tailor the physical examination to the clinical presentation of the patient and from this develop a differential diagnosis and clinical management plan.
  • Develop strong clinical reasoning skills and the ability to diagnose conditions that are suitable or contraindicated in chiropractic care, including conditions of non-musculoskeletal origin
  • Demonstrate the ability to find, select and critique appropriate literature to answer an identified question to direct clinical diagnosis and management. Use acquired knowledge to evaluate conditions, research these cases further using appropriate reference material and communicate findings

Final Examination

Due: Examination Period
Weighting: 40%

3 hour closed-book invigilated final examination


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Perform the clinical neuromusculoskeletal history taking and examination competently
  • Show an ability to draw on acquired theoretical knowledge (anatomy, physiology, pathology, diagnostic test accuracy and clinemetrics) in order to tailor the physical examination to the clinical presentation of the patient and from this develop a differential diagnosis and clinical management plan.
  • Develop strong clinical reasoning skills and the ability to diagnose conditions that are suitable or contraindicated in chiropractic care, including conditions of non-musculoskeletal origin

Delivery and Resources

 

Strand 1: Orthopaedics

One 2 hour lecture for orthopaedics is scheduled on Mondays in weeks 1-13 , and one 2 hour lecture in weeks 3 - 11 on Wednesday in Semester 1, 2017

A 2 hour tutorial for orthopaedics is scheduled on Thursdays in weeks 2-12 in Semester 1, 2017

Notes are summarised under ‘Lectures’ and 'Tutorials' on iLearn for CHIR 873

Required:

  1. Magee D.J. (2013).  Orthopaedic Physical Assessment. 6th Edition.  W.D Saunders, Philadelphia

Recommended Reading

  1. Brukner P, Khan, K. (2011) Brukner & Khan's Clinical Sports Medicine. 4th Ed. McGraw-Hill Book Company Australia.
  2. Souza TA. (1997) Differential Diagnosis for the Chiropractor. Aspen Publications.
  3. Hammer W. 3rd Ed.  Functional Soft Tissue Examination & Treatment by Manual Methods. Jones and Barlett, Sudbury Massachusetts.
  4. Evans RC. (2008) Illustrated Orthopaedic Physical Assessment. Mosby.

NOTE: Weekly tutorial case reports, clinimetric tools, and readings will be made available through iLearn.

 

Strand 2: Neurology

One 2 hour lecture for neurology is scheduled on Tuesdays in weeks 1-12, and one 2 hour lecture in weeks 1 - 2, and 12 on Wednesday, in Semester 1, 2017

A 2 hour tutorial for neurology is scheduled on Wednesdays in weeks 2-13 in Semester 1, 2017

Notes are summarised under ‘Lectures’ on iLearn for CHIR 873 and in the tutorial course manual for neurology, available at the Co-Op.

Required:

  1. Blumenfeld H (2010) Neuroanatomy through Clinical Cases. 2nd ed. Sinauer Associates Inc, Massachusetts. Distributed by Palgrave Macmillan, Victoria, Australia.
  2. CHIR873 - Neurology Tutorial Course Manual – available at Co-op bookshop. Macquarie University Printery.

Recommended: 

  • Gates P (2010) Clinical Neurology A Primer. Churchhill Livingstone Elsevier, Sydney, Australia
  • Krebs C et al (2012) Neuroscience in Lippincott’s Illustrated Reviews (Harvey RA Ed) LWW, USA
  • Kandel ER et al (2000) Principles of Neural Science, 4th ed. McGraw-Hill, New York.
  • Jull, GA et al (2008) Whiplash, headache, and neck pain: Research-based directions for physical therapies, 1st ed. Churchill Livingstone: Elsevier, Edinburgh.
  • Olesen J et al (2006) The Headaches 3rd ed. LWW, PA.
  • Souza TA (2005) Differential diagnosis and management for the chiropractor 3rd ed. Jones & Bartlett Pub, Massachusetts.
  • Purves D et al (2012) Neuroscience 5th ed. Sinauer Inc, USA
  • McCance KL et al (2010) Pathophysiology, The biologic basis for disease in adults and children Mosby, Elsevier, Canada
  • Bickley LS (2009) Bate’s Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking 10th ed. Wolters Kluwer/Lippencott Williams & Wilkins, PA

Required Diagnostic Equipment (Neurological Diagnosis Kit):

  1. A diagnostic set with otoscope and ophthalmoscope (Welsh Allen series 97200-BI recommended - ~$515)
  2. A tailor’s measuring tape
  3. A 128 and 512Hz tuning fork (Al weighted)
  4. Neurotips (no sewing pins or pinwheels allowed strictly by OHS/Biosafety regulations)
  5. Large stem ear buds
  6. Disposable tongue depressors
  7. Tomahawk reflex hammer

Unit Schedule

NEUROLOGY

Start Date of wk

Lecture (Tuesday, 9 – 11 am)

Lecture (Wednesday, 9-11am)

Tutorial (Wednesday 2 - 4, 4 - 6 pm)

27 Feb

Introduction to Clinical Neurology

Pain

Nerve Tension Tests

None

6 Mar

Pain

 

Nerve Tension Tests and Mobilisations

Nerve Tension Tests and Mobilisations

13 Mar

Altered cognition

 

 

Nerve Tension Tests and Mobilisations

20 Mar

Psychiatric disorders

 

 

Neurological History Taking

The Neuroexam: mental status

27 Mar

Sleep disorders

 

Neuroexam: mental status

3 April

Eye Presentations

 

 

Neuroexam: cranial nerves

10 April

Hearing and Balance Presentations

 

OSCE

 

17 April – 29 April: Mid-semester Break

1 May

Cerebrovascular Disease and Brain Neoplasms

 

 

Neuroexam: cranial nerves

8 May

Lesions of the Spinal Cord and Localisation of the Lesion

 

Neuroexam: motor

15 May

Lesions of the Spinal Cord and Localisation of the Lesion

 

Neuroexam: motor

22 May

Common Lesions of the NS

 

Neuroexam: sensory

29 May

Common Lesions of the NS

Common Lesions of the NS, Seizures

Neuroexam: sensory, examination of peripheral nerves

5 June

 

 

OSCE

 

ORTHOPAEDICS

WEEK

LECTURE 1

LECTURE 2

Tutorial

1

Introduction to Orthopaedics

(B. Brown)

Neurology Lecture

No Tutorial

2

Lower Back Pain due to Serious pathology

(B. Brown)

Neurology Lecture

Orthopaedic Assessment of the Lumbar Spine – Part I

 

3

 

Lower Back Pain with Associated Radiculopathy I

(B. Brown)

 

Lower Back Pain with Associated Radiculopathy II

(B.Brown)

Orthopaedic Assessment of the Lumbar Spine – Part II

4

Lumbar Spine Spondylosis and Stenosis

(B.Brown)

 

 

Lumbar Spine Spondylolysis and Spondylolisthesis (B.Brown)

 

 

Orthopaedic assessment of Lumbar Spine Stability, and Generalised Hypermobility

 

5

 

Lumbar Instability and Hypermobility

(B.Brown)

 

 

Non-Specific Lower Back Pain

(B.Brown)

 

Orthopaedic Assessment of the Sacroiliac Joint and Coccyx

 

6

Disorders of the sacroiliac Joint and Coccyx

(B.Brown)

Leg Length Discrepancy (B.Brown)

 

 

Orthopaedics OSCE 1

Mid Semester Break April 17th – 29th, 2017

7

 

Orthopaedic Assessment of the Older Patient

(B.Brown)

Soft tissue causes of hip pain

(M.Pribicevic)

Orthopaedic Assessment of the Hip - Part I

8

Myofascial & neural causes of hip pain (M.Pribicevic)

 

 

Osteological Causes of Hip Pain

(M.Pribicevic)

 

 

Orthopaedic Assessment of the Hip - Part II and Knee - Part I

9

Meniscal and cruciate ligament injuries

(B.Brown)

 

 

Collateral injuries, rotatory instability and myofascial disorders of the knee

(B.Brown)

 

Orthopaedic Assessment of the Knee – Part II

10

 

Patellofemoral and growth plate disorders of the knee

(B.Brown)

 

 

Injuries of the lower leg and ankle

(B.Brown)

Orthopaedic Assessment of the Foot and Ankle - Part I

11

Nerve entrapment in the lower extremity (B.Brown)

 

Joint & ligament disorders of the ankle

(B.Brown)

 

Orthopaedic Assessment of the Foot and Ankle - Part II

12

Disorders of the mid-foot, forefoot and toes (B.Brown)

 

Neurology Lecture

 

Orthopaedics OSCE 2

13

No Lecture

Review Lecture (B.Brown)

 

No Tutorial

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Academic Honesty Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/policy.html

Assessment Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/policy_2016.html

Grade Appeal Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/gradeappeal/policy.html

Complaint Management Procedure for Students and Members of the Public http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/complaint_management/procedure.html​

Disruption to Studies Policy http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html The Disruption to Studies Policy is effective from March 3 2014 and replaces the Special Consideration Policy.

In addition, a number of other policies can be found in the Learning and Teaching Category of Policy Central.

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Graduate Capabilities

PG - Capable of Professional and Personal Judgment and Initiative

Our postgraduates will demonstrate a high standard of discernment and common sense in their professional and personal judgment. They will have the ability to make informed choices and decisions that reflect both the nature of their professional work and their personal perspectives.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Perform the clinical neuromusculoskeletal history taking and examination competently
  • Show an ability to draw on acquired theoretical knowledge (anatomy, physiology, pathology, diagnostic test accuracy and clinemetrics) in order to tailor the physical examination to the clinical presentation of the patient and from this develop a differential diagnosis and clinical management plan.
  • Develop strong clinical reasoning skills and the ability to diagnose conditions that are suitable or contraindicated in chiropractic care, including conditions of non-musculoskeletal origin
  • Demonstrate the ability to find, select and critique appropriate literature to answer an identified question to direct clinical diagnosis and management. Use acquired knowledge to evaluate conditions, research these cases further using appropriate reference material and communicate findings
  • Participate in practical sessions in which the knowledge acquired from texts and lectures is applied in a group situation. Reason, question and communicate your understandings to your peers and tutors as you complete tasks set in the practicals
  • Develop a respect and empathy for patients, and an ethical and professional attitude to health care. In this regard, you should develop a commitment to remain informed and up-to-date in your profession

Assessment tasks

  • Orthopaedics OSCE I
  • Neurology OSCE I
  • Orthopaedics OSCE II
  • Neurology OSCE II
  • Neurology Case Study
  • Final Examination

PG - Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Our postgraduates will be able to demonstrate a significantly enhanced depth and breadth of knowledge, scholarly understanding, and specific subject content knowledge in their chosen fields.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Perform the clinical neuromusculoskeletal history taking and examination competently
  • Show an ability to draw on acquired theoretical knowledge (anatomy, physiology, pathology, diagnostic test accuracy and clinemetrics) in order to tailor the physical examination to the clinical presentation of the patient and from this develop a differential diagnosis and clinical management plan.
  • Develop strong clinical reasoning skills and the ability to diagnose conditions that are suitable or contraindicated in chiropractic care, including conditions of non-musculoskeletal origin
  • Demonstrate the ability to find, select and critique appropriate literature to answer an identified question to direct clinical diagnosis and management. Use acquired knowledge to evaluate conditions, research these cases further using appropriate reference material and communicate findings
  • Participate in practical sessions in which the knowledge acquired from texts and lectures is applied in a group situation. Reason, question and communicate your understandings to your peers and tutors as you complete tasks set in the practicals
  • Develop a respect and empathy for patients, and an ethical and professional attitude to health care. In this regard, you should develop a commitment to remain informed and up-to-date in your profession

Assessment tasks

  • Orthopaedics OSCE I
  • Neurology OSCE I
  • Orthopaedics OSCE II
  • Neurology OSCE II
  • Neurology Case Study
  • Final Examination

PG - Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking

Our postgraduates will be capable of utilising and reflecting on prior knowledge and experience, of applying higher level critical thinking skills, and of integrating and synthesising learning and knowledge from a range of sources and environments. A characteristic of this form of thinking is the generation of new, professionally oriented knowledge through personal or group-based critique of practice and theory.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Perform the clinical neuromusculoskeletal history taking and examination competently
  • Show an ability to draw on acquired theoretical knowledge (anatomy, physiology, pathology, diagnostic test accuracy and clinemetrics) in order to tailor the physical examination to the clinical presentation of the patient and from this develop a differential diagnosis and clinical management plan.
  • Develop strong clinical reasoning skills and the ability to diagnose conditions that are suitable or contraindicated in chiropractic care, including conditions of non-musculoskeletal origin
  • Demonstrate the ability to find, select and critique appropriate literature to answer an identified question to direct clinical diagnosis and management. Use acquired knowledge to evaluate conditions, research these cases further using appropriate reference material and communicate findings
  • Participate in practical sessions in which the knowledge acquired from texts and lectures is applied in a group situation. Reason, question and communicate your understandings to your peers and tutors as you complete tasks set in the practicals

Assessment tasks

  • Orthopaedics OSCE I
  • Neurology OSCE I
  • Orthopaedics OSCE II
  • Neurology OSCE II
  • Neurology Case Study
  • Final Examination

PG - Research and Problem Solving Capability

Our postgraduates will be capable of systematic enquiry; able to use research skills to create new knowledge that can be applied to real world issues, or contribute to a field of study or practice to enhance society. They will be capable of creative questioning, problem finding and problem solving.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Perform the clinical neuromusculoskeletal history taking and examination competently
  • Show an ability to draw on acquired theoretical knowledge (anatomy, physiology, pathology, diagnostic test accuracy and clinemetrics) in order to tailor the physical examination to the clinical presentation of the patient and from this develop a differential diagnosis and clinical management plan.
  • Develop strong clinical reasoning skills and the ability to diagnose conditions that are suitable or contraindicated in chiropractic care, including conditions of non-musculoskeletal origin
  • Demonstrate the ability to find, select and critique appropriate literature to answer an identified question to direct clinical diagnosis and management. Use acquired knowledge to evaluate conditions, research these cases further using appropriate reference material and communicate findings
  • Participate in practical sessions in which the knowledge acquired from texts and lectures is applied in a group situation. Reason, question and communicate your understandings to your peers and tutors as you complete tasks set in the practicals

Assessment tasks

  • Orthopaedics OSCE I
  • Neurology OSCE I
  • Orthopaedics OSCE II
  • Neurology OSCE II
  • Neurology Case Study
  • Final Examination

PG - Effective Communication

Our postgraduates will be able to communicate effectively and convey their views to different social, cultural, and professional audiences. They will be able to use a variety of technologically supported media to communicate with empathy using a range of written, spoken or visual formats.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Perform the clinical neuromusculoskeletal history taking and examination competently
  • Show an ability to draw on acquired theoretical knowledge (anatomy, physiology, pathology, diagnostic test accuracy and clinemetrics) in order to tailor the physical examination to the clinical presentation of the patient and from this develop a differential diagnosis and clinical management plan.
  • Develop strong clinical reasoning skills and the ability to diagnose conditions that are suitable or contraindicated in chiropractic care, including conditions of non-musculoskeletal origin
  • Demonstrate the ability to find, select and critique appropriate literature to answer an identified question to direct clinical diagnosis and management. Use acquired knowledge to evaluate conditions, research these cases further using appropriate reference material and communicate findings
  • Participate in practical sessions in which the knowledge acquired from texts and lectures is applied in a group situation. Reason, question and communicate your understandings to your peers and tutors as you complete tasks set in the practicals
  • Develop a respect and empathy for patients, and an ethical and professional attitude to health care. In this regard, you should develop a commitment to remain informed and up-to-date in your profession

Assessment tasks

  • Orthopaedics OSCE I
  • Neurology OSCE I
  • Orthopaedics OSCE II
  • Neurology OSCE II
  • Neurology Case Study
  • Final Examination

PG - Engaged and Responsible, Active and Ethical Citizens

Our postgraduates will be ethically aware and capable of confident transformative action in relation to their professional responsibilities and the wider community. They will have a sense of connectedness with others and country and have a sense of mutual obligation. They will be able to appreciate the impact of their professional roles for social justice and inclusion related to national and global issues

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Perform the clinical neuromusculoskeletal history taking and examination competently
  • Show an ability to draw on acquired theoretical knowledge (anatomy, physiology, pathology, diagnostic test accuracy and clinemetrics) in order to tailor the physical examination to the clinical presentation of the patient and from this develop a differential diagnosis and clinical management plan.
  • Participate in practical sessions in which the knowledge acquired from texts and lectures is applied in a group situation. Reason, question and communicate your understandings to your peers and tutors as you complete tasks set in the practicals
  • Develop a respect and empathy for patients, and an ethical and professional attitude to health care. In this regard, you should develop a commitment to remain informed and up-to-date in your profession