PODI4202 Progression of Clinical Practice 1

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Students rotate through the UWA Podiatry Clinic, podiatry departments of the main teaching hospitals, community health centres and selected private practices and are instructed in the podiatric treatment of common foot conditions. Students perform biomechanical, vascular and neurological assessments of the lower extremity; learn how to diagnose and manage diabetic and neurovascular foot problems; and assist with minor podiatric surgical procedures of skin and nail conditions under local anaesthesia.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate ability to perform aseptic no touch techniques (ANTT); (2) develop the ability to safely and effectively perform patient assessment using a problem-solving approach; (3) develop the ability to integrate knowledge of anatomy, pathophysiology, clinical presentations, progression, diagnostic and therapeutic principles with common conditions affecting the foot and ankle; (4) develop 'hands on' conservative treatment of common foot conditions in a safe and efficient manner; (5) develop clear, respectful, appropriate and effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills with fellow students, supervisors, patients and their families across different ages and backgrounds; (6) demonstrate understanding of confidentiality of clinical records; (7) develop skills in presentation of a case in a logical and systematic manner in the clinical setting; (8) understand that podiatric medicine offers primary health care; (9) demonstrate the ability to perform specialised musculoskeletal examinations and assessments for the hip, knee and foot/ ankle joints; (10) develop an understanding of how to formulate differential diagnoses and propose short- and long-term treatment plans; (11) consolidate and apply biomechanical principles in evaluating and treating foot/ lower leg conditions; and (12) demonstrate the practical skill of modifying functional and over-the-counter foot orthoses.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) assignment; (2) clinical assessment; and (3) in-training assessment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is available for students currently enrolled in the unit who obtain a mark of 45 to 49 overall and a mark of at least 45 in any Failed Component(s).
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Sarah Carter
Unit rules
successful completion of PODI4105 Podiatric Medicine 2, PODI4106 Introduction to Clinical Practice 2, PODI4107 Normal Systems 2, MICR5814 Epidemiology and Infection
Contact hours
clinic and labs conducted every day and times are according to allocated groups
Unit Outline
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.