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Sorry, this program is not available for international students intending to study on a student visa.
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Please note: This program is not available for midyear (Semester 2) 2017 entry.
Chiropractors are primary contact practitioners focusing on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system.
Chiropractic emphasises the relationship between the musculoskeletal system and general health. It promotes self-help measures and health promotion in the management of musculoskeletal disorders.
You will examine how such disorders affect biomechanics, the nervous system and health in general. The focus is on manual treatments such as spinal adjustments and other joint and soft-tissue manipulation.
Anatomy, physiology and pathology courses underpin the clinical science studies of physical examination, differential diagnosis for the chiropractor and clinical practicum.
You will begin work-integrated learning immediately, culminating in your fourth year when you will perform patient-care duties with supervision from a registered practitioner.
At the RMIT Health Sciences Clinic at University Hill, Bundoora, fourth and fifth year students, under the supervision of registered chiropractors, treat patients using a wide variety of management approaches.
International student visa holders can only study full-time.
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, workshops, presentations and group discussions.
You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes examinations, essays, reports, oral classes, presentations, group projects, research projects, laboratory projects and practical assignments.
The program offers extensive hands-on practice. You will be given opportunities to observe clinical practice on-campus and off-campus.
The RMIT Health Sciences Clinic at University Hill, Bundoora, provides treatment for muscle and joint problems, sport injuries and other general health concerns.
You will undertake and be assessed on structured activities that allow you to learn, apply and demonstrate your professional or vocational practice.
You will interact with industry and the community when undertaking these activities and complete them in real work situations. Feedback from these interactions and situations will assist your learning.
You’ll also have the opportunity to provide chiropractic care to people who are socially or financially disadvantaged through RMIT’s partnership with Sacred Heart Mission, Hands on Health Australia, and the Wellington Community Centre.
Chiropractors offer care for functional disorders of the body’s mechanical system, including joints, muscles and ligaments by assessing the way these parts of the mechanical system align and work together.
They can provide treatment, advice and assistance for patients experiencing:
- neck related headaches
- neck and back pain or stiffness
- limb problems associated with the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand, hip, knee, ankle and foot
Chiropractors treat patients by:
- recording their case details
- conducting physical examinations
- interpreting diagnostic images like X-rays
- adjusting and manipulating body joints and soft tissue
- giving advice about general health matters such as exercise, posture and nutrition
- providing rehabilitation and advice for prevention of injury
Chiropractors are usually employed in private practice as sole practitioners or in a group practice environment. Increasingly, chiropractors share offices with other healthcare practitioners in a multidisciplinary environment.
Employment opportunities for chiropractors are expected to grow very strongly to 2020. (Source: joboutlook.gov.au)
For more information about the career outlook for this sector, visit the Australian Government’s Employment Projections and Job Outlook website.
Professional recognition and accreditation
This program is accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia for the Chiropractic Board of Australia.
Program and course information
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