University of Technology Sydney

99647 Clinic Level 6

6cp; 4hpw, on campus, lectures, workshops, tutorials and committee planning sessions; clinic: rostered 65hrs/session
Requisite(s): 99646 Clinic Level 5 and Acupuncture Microsystems
Anti-requisite(s): 94680 Entering Professional Life (6cp) AND 94681 Entering Professional Life (8cp)


This subject is divided into three modules.

Module 1: Clinical Assistant Level 6: Approximately 30 per cent of the undergraduate training program is devoted to clinical experience and preparation for becoming a qualified Chinese medicine practitioner. This module builds on the first two-and-a-half years of theoretical, practical and clinical training through ongoing clinical practice either externally (for acupuncture only) with an approved practitioner or within the University's outpatient clinic. Mandatory clinical hours for acupuncture, herbal medicine and tuina are rostered and detailed in Canvas.

Module 2: Year 4 Clinical Internship Preparation: This module has three aspects which synergistically prepare students for the upcoming Year 4 clinical experience: (a) design and publication of a Clinic Management Plan through the combined work of several specific committees; (b) discuss and design the rudiments of the Year 4 Learning Contract project; and (c) assure completion of all mandatory certifications and prerequisites for commencement of the Year 4 clinic. (Note: The list of required certifications is subject to update at any time within the teaching session.)

  1. Clinic Management Plan: Students engage in committee-based group work to construct their Year 4 Clinical Management Plan. The Plan covers all aspects of daily management, discipline, rostering and promotion of their future internship clinic. The committee work involves the research and implementation of legal and ethical issues associated with their specific committee group. These committees remain active throughout the entire operation of the following Year 4 clinic.
  2. Year 4 Learning Contract: The Learning Contract is a negotiated clinic-based learning project designed to research, implement, measure and analyse extended knowledge on a topic of choice. Although not a clinical trial, the Learning Contract does rely on implementation of the basic methodologies learned in research subjects 91614 and 91615.
  3. Certifications and Prerequisite check: This subject is a requisite subject for entry into the Year 4 clinic. It assures currency throughout the Year 4 clinic internship period for the following documents:
    • senior first aid certificate
    • police check
    • Working With Children Check (WWCC)

In addition, a further audit for completion of the following is conducted and shortages advised:

  • all subjects in Years 1–3
  • all clinical hours attached to Clinic Level subjects 1–6
  • all online clinic hour WIKIs attached to the Clinic Level subjects 1–6.

Module 3: Chinese Medicine Health Preservation, Paediatrics and Traumatology: This module contributes to the development of an evidenced-based approach to clinical practice in Chinese medicine (CM). The module addresses health preservation and implements an integrative approach to the theories, disease processes and treatment approaches between CM and the western biomedical model. A number of diseases are covered from paediatric and traumatology CM clinical areas. Discussions undertaken in the clinical areas cover:

  • CM classification(s)
  • biomedical classification(s)
  • aetiology
  • pathology
  • diagnosis
  • differential diagnosis
  • current biomedical therapies
  • herbal formula modification, application and treatment
  • CM treatment strategies and methods (including herbal formulae, acupuncture, massage, exercise, lifestyle and dietary advice)
  • integration of laboratory and radiological findings (where relevant).

Preventative health measures and strategies for health maintenance are addressed in this subject. These are discussed in the context of Yang Sheng CM 'health preservation and enhancement' including the application of dietary principles.

Traumatology integrates and strengthens the knowledge obtained in orthopaedic studies in 99644, 99645 and 99641.

Together, study of the three clinical areas of traumatology, paediatrics and Yang Sheng assumes completion and understanding of the biomedical knowledge obtained in Stages 1–5, and draws on 99584 Clinical Features content and CM diagnostic frameworks.

These modules link into the Year 4 clinical practice internship subjects (99630, 99631 and 99669) where students are required to apply their learning in the UTS Chinese Medicine clinic.

Typical availability

Spring session, City campus


This subject replaces the Spring session of 99624 Clinical Theory and Clinic Level 3.

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