On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
- Develop, refine and integrate problem solving skills through clinical assessment, decision making and management at an intermediate level.
- Display behaviour appropriate to a professional health care provider, including ethical practice management and upholding the professional code of conduct.
- Demonstrate empathetic communication skills in the practitioner-patient relationship, and other professional and personal relationships.
- Demonstrate the ability to integrate sustainably within the broader health care system, including responsible use of health care resources, the ability to collaborate with other health care disciplines, and the employment of health promotion and preventative strategies through community education.
On successful completion of this unit you will meet certain CCEA requirements that will progress you towards applying for registration as a chiropractor in Australia.
The Learning Outcomes build towards CCEA’s Accreditation Standard 4.4.3 regarding Clinical Sciences.
This unit is designed to contribute towards you having adequate and early patient experiences and opportunities to acquire sufficient clinical knowledge, skills, and attitudes to assume appropriate clinical responsibility upon graduation.
It provides early, supervised patient contact leading to participation in patient care. Your clinical skills training includes physical, clinical and lab diagnosis, mental health assessment, orthopaedics, gynaecology, obstetrics, paediatrics, geriatrics, dermatology, otolaryngology, ophthalmology, diagnostic imaging procedures and interpretation, nutrition, rehabilitation, ergonomics, pharmacology (a working knowledge of commonly used medications and pharmaceuticals), and other appropriate subjects. Clinical skills include history taking, physical examination, spinal analysis, mental health assessment, first aid and emergency procedures, manual techniques, physical therapies (such as heat, cold, bracing, electrical therapies, etc.), and other treatment procedures, communication, leadership skills, etc. Appropriate clinical responsibility would include physical and mental health promotion, disease prevention and patient care, for the child, adolescent, adult, geriatric and medically compromised patient. Participation in patient care would include relevant community experience and teamwork with other health professions.