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Clinical Practicum (CHI499)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 12
Availability MURDOCH: YU5-placement
Description The core of students' clinical training. Students engage in supervised, active patient care in the University's outpatient and outreach clinic. Participation in clinical rounds where special interest topics and cases will be discussed; these are designed to enhance critical thinking skills and facilitate the application of the concepts of best practice, while providing teaching opportunities. Students complete rotations in radiology, rehabilitation, physiological therapeutics and front desk management. In the latter part of the year students serve as mentors for fourth year students.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit the student should be able to:
1. Critical and creative think: Use analytic approaches to formulate differential diagnoses. Develop management plans utilising patient information, scientific evidence, and clinical judgement. Deliver care that is customized and responsive to individual patients.
2. Social interaction: Describe the roles of health care professionals and allied staff. Be an effective member of a health care team. See themselves as others see them, and understand self-motivation and limitations, and value personal growth. Participate in productive relationships with groups and individuals.
3. Independent and lifelong learning: Use information technology to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of health care, and incorporate it into their daily practice. Engage in appropriate activities to address learning needs. Apply effective methods of problem solving to patient care.
4. Ethics: Define what each of the following professional values entails and can explain why each is important in an effective doctor-patient relationship: honesty, altruism, compassion, boundaries, and respect for patients, families and other members of the healthcare team. Describe the legal responsibilities of chiropractors, especially in relation to duty of care.
5. Social justice: Outline the current health status and health care needs of disadvantaged groups and plan health care with patient's lifestyle, culture and resources in mind. Describe equity and its implications for health care delivery.
6. Interdisciplinarity: Describe the influence of other fields of study on the discipline of chiropractic.
7. In-depth professional knowledge a) Use basic and clinical sciences to explain mechanisms of health and disease, and effectively carry out diagnostic investigation and patient
Timetabled Learning Activities Workshops: 2 hour per week.
Unit Learning Experiences Due to the significant time commitment associated with the clinical placement the unit has been designed so that learning and teaching takes place in the most efficient manner possible through the aid of online materials. The materials required for this interactive learning will be made available via the University's online learning management system. Students are also required to attend one 1 hour clinical workshop per week where challenging cases are presented so that the student can engage in case based learning.

The unit co-ordinator provides supervising clinicians with teaching activities each week which may involve skill acquisition and/or theoretical clinical topics. These teaching activities will occur during the student's clinical placement.
Other Learning Experiences Clinic duties/clinical tutorials/outreach clinics/rotations: 20 hours per week.
Directed online study: 2 hour per week.
Students are given opportunities to travel to rural outreach clinics in order to broaden their understanding of healthcare in rural and remote locations. These placements are subject to availability.
Assessment In order to pass this unit the student is required to complete clinical competencies which are in accordance with our accreditation requirements.
Clinical competencies are completed in the clinics and performance is monitored by the clinic director, clinical supervisors and the unit coordinator on a regular basis and must be completed in order to pass the unit. . Other assessment tasks include a theory exit exam and timed clinical case based exam which aim to ensure the student has achieved the clinical skills and knowledge required of a highly competent entry level chiropractor. In order to pass the unit the student must achieve a minimum score of 60% or more for both the 'Written Clinical Competency Assessment' and the 'Timed Case Based Clinical Assessment
Prerequisites Enrolment in Chiropractic Science + Clinical Chiropractic (BSc + BClinChiro) and successful completion of Years 1-4 as well as successful completion of CHI485 Preclinical Practicum I and CHI486 Preclinical Practicum II.
Notes Students on placement are expected to abide by all Codes of Conduct and Guidelines governing the practice of Chiropractic within Australia. These Codes of Conduct and Guidelines are available via the Chiropractic Board of Australia Website.
Previously 2015: CHI400
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Chiropractic Science + Clinical Chiropractic (BSc)+(BClinChiro) [New in 2015]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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