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CHIR8601 – Clinic Internship 1

2020 – Session 1, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Rosemary Giuriato
Sarah Letby
Christopher Agius
Credit points Credit points
Prerequisites Prerequisites
(CHIR8502 or CHIR874) and (CHIR8101 or CHIR891) and (CHIR8504 or CHIR919) and (CHIR8402 or CHIR917)
Corequisites Corequisites
CHIR8103 or CHIR903
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This is the first of two practical units in which students attend Macquarie University's Chiropractic and Research Centres as chiropractic interns. In this unit students become responsible for patient management and care under the guidance of the clinic supervisors.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://students.mq.edu.au/important-dates

Learning Outcomes

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

  • ULO1: Demonstrate an ability to take a chiropractic clinical history, perform the relevant physical examination, order any necessary radiographs, refer for any other necessary evaluation in order to provisionally diagnose the patient's condition and carry out safe and effective chiropractic management of a patient (as taught by the Department) within the allocated time. Demonstrate an ability to educate patients in the aims and objectives of the proposed care including a rehabilitation program.
  • ULO2: Demonstrate an ability to educate patients in the aims and objectives of the proposed care including a rehabilitation program.
  • ULO3: Demonstrate an understanding of effective administrative structures required for the running of a chiropractic clinic.
  • ULO4: Demonstrate accurate and appropriate clinical record keeping skills.
  • ULO5: Demonstrate satisfactory competency in the ongoing assessments and attendance criteria for the clinic internship. Demonstrate ability to meet quotas as determined by the Department with respect to patient consultation requirements as set out in the Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia Inc (CCEA) Standards for First Professional Award Programs in Chiropractic Guidelines (Appendix 1 in Clinic Manual) inclusive of radiography quotas set by the Department with respect to the number of diagnostic radiographs produced and reports written. Demonstrated compliance to all requirements for the unit as described in the Clinic Manual.
  • ULO6: Apply Skills and knowledge of professional topics to chiropractic practice, including ethics and jurisprudence.
  • ULO7: Critically analyse ethical and legal issues, chiropractic code of practice and compromising situations.
  • ULO8: Gain an understanding of the occupational health and safety area and how chiropractors work in this field.

Assessment Tasks

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Delivery and Resources

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Work integrated learning consisting of 3 x 4 hour shifts (treating and reception) per week for a minimum of 50 weeks and weekly 2 hour lecture. 

Mandatory placement attendance and fieldwork opportunity

Attendance at Clinic shifts, placement locations and fieldwork events is expected over a 12 month calendar period and does not follow academic semester calendar.

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

If you would like to see all the policies relevant to Learning and Teaching visit Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central).

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/study/getting-started/student-conduct​


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Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

IT Help

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