Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chiropractic)

As part of the Chiropractic program, you will undertake a professional experience placement in a clinical practice environment. The following information outlines examples of the fundamental tasks you will be expected to carry out during clinical practice, on-campus simulations and other learning activities.

These examples are provided for your information only and are not entry requirements.

There are a range of adjustments to your study conditions available to enable and support you to undertake these tasks. Please contact the Equitable Learning Services to discuss any adjustments you may require. 

Verbal expression and comprehension (understanding)

What do I need to be able to do?

Understand and respond to verbal communication.
In the clinical practice environment, this will assist you in your work with patients to establish relationships, undertake assessment and deliver treatment in a safe manner.

Verbally communicate clear instructions and explanations in a time responsive way.
In the clinical practice environment, verbal communication is the primary source of communication between you, patients, supervisors and other health professionals.

Clear communication assists with completing your professional experience placement tasks safely.

What adjustments to my study conditions can I access?

A range of adjustments can be organised through the Equitable Learning Services (ELS). Contact the ELS to discuss what adjustments may be helpful to you.

Additional time allowances for comprehension and expression may be available to you for on-campus learning activities. 

Professional experience placement activities may require time responsive communication. This should be discussed with your Placement Coordinator prior to commencing your placement.

Social communication

Social Communication refers to the capacity to understand and use appropriate non-verbal communication such as: eye contact, gestures, facial expression, speaking volume, tone of voice, proximity and verbal turn-taking. 

What do I need to be able to do?

Recognise, interpret, use and respond to non-verbal communication appropriately in both on-campus learning activities and professional experience settings to build relationships, assess patients and provide treatment.

In clinical practice and on-campus simulation environments, tasks which require social communication abilities include:

  • interpreting patients’ non-verbal communication, such as identifying that a patient is uncomfortable or in pain from their facial expression or body posture
  • responding to patients with open body language, eye contact and facial expressions to demonstrate understanding and empathy.

What adjustments to my study conditions can I access?

A range of adjustments can be organised through the Equitable Learning Services (ELS). Contact the ELS to discuss what adjustments may be helpful to you.  

Consideration will be given to the use of non-verbal communication appropriate to your disability or condition for example, if you have a vision or hearing impairment, you may rely more on using either auditory or visual means of social communication.

Reading

What do I need to be able to do?

Read and understand a range of written material in differing forms from a variety of sources such as: on screen material, reference material and /or handwritten notes.

In the clinical practice environment, essential patient information is communicated in written form.  Tasks which require the use of reading skills include: 

  • Reading  patient history notes and reports from other health professionals
  • Reading, understanding and correctly interpreting Chiropractic literature and other essential written information

The ability to read, understand and interpret written information is fundamental for the delivery of appropriate and safe patient care. 

What adjustments to my study conditions can I access?

A range of adjustments can be organised through the Equitable Learning Services (ELS). Contact the ELS to discuss what adjustments may be helpful to you.

You may use specialised software to support your literacy for on-campus learning activities. The appropriateness and practicality of using such software during professional experience placements may vary between placements and should be discussed with the placement coordinator prior to commencing your placement.

Writing (Written Language)

N.B. This refers not to the physical act of writing but rather to the written content.

What do I need to be able to do?

Produce coherent written communication appropriate to on-campus and professional experience placement settings.

In the clinical practice environment, tasks which require clear, concise, accurate and time-efficient writing include:

  • Contributing  to patient health care records
  • Record keeping and reporting 

The accuracy of written communication is in accordance with professional and legal standards and is fundamental for delivery of consistent and safe patient care.

What adjustments to my study conditions can I access?

A range of adjustments can be organised through the Equitable Learning Services (ELS). Contact the ELS to discuss what adjustments may be helpful to you.

You may use specialised software to support your literacy for on-campus learning activities. The appropriateness and practicality of using such software during professional experience placements may vary between placements and should be discussed with the placement coordinator prior to commencing your placement.

What do I need to be able to do?

Correctly use and apply knowledge of theory, research, and practice gained from the on-campus learning setting in clinical situations during your professional experience placement 

In the clinical practice environment, assessment and intervention tasks require:

  • Problem solving, interacting and providing feedback to patients simultaneously and in a time appropriate way
  • Synthesising sometimes complex clinical information, relay this simply and clearly to the patient, taking into account the patient history, clinical examination and working diagnosis, within the time limit of a consultation

What adjustments to my study conditions can I access?

A range of adjustments can be organised through the Equitable Learning Services (ELS). Contact the ELS to discuss what adjustments may be helpful to you.

You may use assistive technology and strategies such as rest breaks to support your memory, planning and organisation in the on-campus learning environment. The use of these strategies during professional experience placements should be discussed with the Placement Coordinator prior to commencing your professional experience placement.

Mental wellness is a state of well-being in which an individual can realise their own abilities or potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life and can work productively and fruitfully.

Behavioural stability refers to an individual’s ability to moderate their own behaviour.

Stable mental health promotes optimal and safe engagement in on-campus learning and education settings during professional experience placement. Many people who live with mental health conditions complete their studies successfully. The following services are available to support students living with mental health conditions at RMIT: 

Equitable Learning Services

Counselling Services

What do I need to be able to do?

The on-campus learning environment can be challenging and will require you to engage with peers and teaching staff, reflect on your work and respond appropriately to constructive feedback.

Clinical practice environments can present complex and unpredictable human situations which require the following: 

  • managing multiple, complex demands with focus and composure
  • remaining alert, focussed and engaged during patient assessment and intervention
  • managing personal emotions and behaviour effectively when dealing with patients, supervisors and other health professionals
  • maintaining composure under time pressure

What adjustments to my study conditions can I access?

A range of adjustments such can be organised through the Equitable Learning Services (ELS). Contact the ELS to discuss what adjustments may be helpful to you. 

Flexible arrangements for your professional experience placement will be considered. The appropriateness and practicality of these arrangements may vary between placements and agencies and should be discussed with your placement coordinator prior to commencement of the placement. 

You may be supported to take time off from your studies if you become unwell or have difficulties with behavioural stability.

Visual acuity refers to the extent to which a person can see or interpret visual information. This may also include colour vision.

What do I need to be able to do?

In the clinical practice and on-campus simulation environments, tasks which require vision include:

  • Observing a patient throughout the duration of their Chiropractic procedure to ensure they are comfortable and appropriately positioned for assessment or treatment
  • Conducting a neurological examination in which you observe the symmetry of facial muscles or the reaction of pupils to light in order to see if there is a problem in the patients nervous system
  • Observing a part of the body to determine if there is swelling or redness that could be contributing to a patients pain

What adjustments to my study conditions can I access?

Adjustments can be organised through the Equitable Learning Services (ELS). Contact the ELS to discuss what adjustments may be helpful to you.

The use of assistive technology to enhance vision will be considered. It is recommended that you discuss this with the ELS and Placement Coordinator prior to commencing your placement. 

Glasses and other visual aids can be used during on-campus learning activities and on professional experience placement.

If you have been deemed legally blind or have a medical condition that may impact your vision, it is recommended that you discuss your condition with Equitable Learning Services. 

Tactile abilities refer to the sense of touch.

What do I need to be able to do?

The use of tactile abilities supports accurate diagnosis, monitoring and treatment to ensure patient safety in the clinical setting.

In the clinical practice and on-campus simulation environments, tasks which require a sense of touch include:

  • Sensing differences in pressure, i.e., whether a joint is less moveable on one side of the body compared to the other to aid restoring normal joint mobility
  • Sensing tension differences in muscle tone such as when a muscle is in spasm or there is a localised ‘knotting’ of muscles causing pain or discomfort.

What adjustments to my study conditions can I access?

Adjustments can be organised through the Equitable Learning Services (ELS). Contact the ELS to discuss what adjustments may be helpful to you.

Adjustments will be considered in relation to your individual circumstances and physical capacities. Any adjustments considered should not compromise patient safety.

In both the on-campus learning and professional experience settings, tasks will involve: lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, standing, twisting and bending.

What do I need to be able to do?

In the clinical practice and on-campus simulation environments, tasks which require gross motor skills include:

  • Manual handling i.e. safely physically assisting patients with varying physical capacities to move from lying or sitting to a standing position
  • Positioning and setting up a patient  for assessment or treatment
  • Adopting postures to maximise mechanical advantage in delivering treatment and minimising the strain on your body 

Safe manual handling minimises the risk of injury to patients and students.

What adjustments to my study conditions can I access?

Adjustments can be organised through the Equitable Learning Services (ELS). Contact the ELS to discuss what adjustments may be helpful to you.

Adjustments will be considered in relation to your individual circumstances and physical capacities. Any adjustments considered should not compromise patient safety.

i.e.: The ability to undertake precise coordinated movements of the hands.

What do I need to be able to do?

In both the on-campus learning and clinical settings, tasks will involve: pushing, pressing, light or fine touch.

In the clinical practice and on-campus simulation environments, tasks which require fine motor abilities include:

  • Setting up a patient for treatment accurately which involves making fine adjustments to their posture
  • Palpating (using firm touch) the spinal joints and soft tissues.

What adjustments to my study conditions can I access?

Adjustments can be organised through the Equitable Learning Services (ELS). Contact the ELS to discuss what adjustments may be helpful to you.

Adjustments will be considered in relation to your individual circumstances and physical capacities. Any adjustments considered should not compromise patient safety.

This refers to the ability to undertake a task/s over a pre-determined period of time. This could include physical performance such as standing for a period of time, or cognitive (mental) performance such as concentrating for a particular length of time.

What do I need to be able to do?

In the clinical practice and on-campus simulation environments, tasks which require physical and mental endurance include:

  • Maintaining consistent physical performance, including standing for extended periods and undertaking physical therapies
  • Focusing intensely on the assessment, treatment and care of successive patients for the duration of a clinical shift (approximately 4 hours)

What adjustments to my study conditions can I access?

Adjustments can be organised through the Equitable Learning Services (ELS). Contact the ELS to discuss what adjustments may be helpful to you.

Adjustments will be considered in relation to your circumstances and physical capacities. You may use strategies such as rest breaks to support your performance for on-campus learning contexts. It is recommended that you discuss the use of these strategies during placement with ELS and Placement Coordinator prior to commencing your placement.

Any adjustments should not compromise patient safety.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.