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Chiropractic Skills (CHI354)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description Focuses on the presentation of musculoskeletal conditions associated with, but not limited to the spine and pelvis. Students will develop their basic biomechanics knowledge, static and motion palpation skills, soft tissue management techniques, mobilization and manipulation skills of the spine and pelvis. Clinical problem solving and critical thinking regarding the use of manual therapies will be developed. Aspects of evidence-based practice, problem solving, and effective patient communication will be addressed.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Be proficient at motion palpation of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine and pelvis.
2. Be able to demonstrate the proper application of various manual and manipulative techniques for the correction of joint dysfunction in the cervical, thoracic, lumbar spine and pelvis (universal competency 5.2).
3. Understand and demonstrate the palpation of, the function, and consistency of soft tissues and related pathologies of spasm, trigger points, and weakness.
4. Be able to palpate, diagnose, differentially diagnose and apply the various treatment techniques for soft tissue problems seen in the cervical, thoracic, lumbar spine and pelvis (universal competency 5.2).
5. Understand and be able to apply the diagnosis of the different pathomechanical and pathological disease processes seen in, but not limited to, the cervical, thoracic, lumbar spine, and pelvis (universal competency 3.4).
6. Be able to identify commonly risk factors associated with adverse outcomes and to identify contraindications to care so as to manage risk in clinical practice (universal competency 3.1 and 3.4).
7. Be able to use an evidence based approach to the planning, delivering and evaluation of patient care (competency standard 3.9).
8. Demonstrate the capacity to critically thinking and problem solving to all aspects of care (universal competency 1.2).
9. Understand the comorbidities associated with musculoskeletal pain complaints so as to implement health promotion and disease prevention strategies (competency standard 2.3 and universal competency 5.2).

Please note that where applicable learning outcomes have been linked to the relevant competency standards as outlined by the Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia
Timetabled Learning Activities Online Learning : 1-2 hours per week,
Lectures: 1-2 hours per week;
Tutorials: 2 hours per week;
Laboratory: 3 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The learning activities for this unit include lectures, tutorials and practical sessions, and will include readings available online via the Murdoch library, and some video material provided on the learning management system. The theory lectures will involve presentation of materials, readings as well as group discussion and case presentations. This unit will explore topics such as the introduction to biomechanics, advanced palpation skills and skills relevant to the management of spinal pain. In addition to the manipulative and mobilization skills commonly associated with chiropractic clinical practice soft tissue management techniques are also introduced for the management of myofascial pain.
Other Learning Experiences 1 final theory assessment
1 formative practical theory
1 summative midterm theory assessment
Assessment 2hrs Final Theory assessment
0.5 hrs Final Practical Assessment
2hrs mid-semester Theory assessment
Prerequisites Enrolment in Chiropractic Science + Clinical Chiropractic (BSc + BClinChiro) and successful completion of the following units:
CHI283 or CHI293 Physical Examination,
CHI280 Human Anatomy I OR CHI234 Human Anatomy III, and
CHI282 or CHI255 Human Anatomy II.
Exclusions Completion of CHI302 Diagnosis and Chiropractic Skills
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.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Barrett Losco
Chiropractic Lead

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6913
e: B.Losco@murdoch.edu.au
o: 461.1.011 - Building 461, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Barrett Losco
Chiropractic Lead

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6913
e: B.Losco@murdoch.edu.au
o: 461.1.011 - Building 461, Murdoch Campus
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