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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. Demonstrate critical and creative thinking
2. Demonstrate the capacity to formulate appropriate and accurate differential diagnoses following
completion of a clinical history and physical examination of a patient in the clinical setting.
3. Apply effective methods of problem solving to patient care including the ability to interpret the
results of clinical, laboratory and other diagnostic procedures necessary to inform car.
4. Develop and apply management plans utilising patient information, scientific evidence, and clinical
5. Implement care plans that are customized and responsive to individual patients needs while
adopting evidence based practice principles.
6. Describe and compare the roles of health care professionals and allied staff in the healthcare
7. Demonstrate effective and productive membership of a health care team.
8. Appraise their own professional skills and limitations
9. Demonstrate the capacity to apply the knowledge of professional integrity and ethical conduct in a
professional setting
10. Demonstrate a commitment to independent and lifelong learning
11. : Demonstrate the appropriate use of information technologies to increase the efficiency and
effectiveness of health care, and incorporate this into their daily practice.
12. Describe the legal responsibilities of chiropractors, especially in relation to duty of care.
13. Describe and demonstrate the ability to adhere to relevant legislation, common law, codes,
standards and other policy regulating chiropractic conduct and practice
14. Identify the current health status and health care needs of disadvantaged groups and plan health
care with patient's lifestyle, culture and resources in mind.
15. Describe public health concepts and apply these concepts to clinical practice
16. Discuss the influence of other fields of study on the discipline of chiropractic.
17. Explain and demonstrate an understanding of the basic and clinical sciences which explain
mechanisms of health and disease, and effectively carry out diagnostic investigation of patients.
18. Implements health promotion and disease prevention strategies
19. Discuss what is required to establish a chiropractic practice and apply this knowledge in a clinical
20. Demonstrate the capacity to communicate effectively with patients and others
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 requirements which are in accordance
with our accreditation requirements. Clinical requirements 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.
Students will demonstrate acquisition of clinical competencies by submitting a portfolio of evidence.
Other assessment tasks include a radiology competency assessment, a written theory exit exam and timed
clinical case based exam. 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:
see individual structures for context
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
Mr Jean Theroux
Lecturer in Clinical Chiropractic

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7567
e: Jean.Theroux@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.2.052 - Building 460, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: YU5-Placement
Mr Jean Theroux
Lecturer in Clinical Chiropractic

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7567
e: Jean.Theroux@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.2.052 - Building 460, Murdoch Campus
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