PODI5306 Consolidation of Clinical Practice 2

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit consolidates clinical practice in podiatry in preparation for students to enter independent practice upon graduation and registration as a podiatrist. All aspects of the assessment and treatment of common foot conditions, performing minor surgery and the administration and prescription of scheduled medications are covered. The practical and ethical aspects of practicing are reviewed in weekly group discussions.
Students are able to (1) integrate knowledge of anatomy, pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnostic and therapeutic principles with core medical conditions within podiatric practice; (2) demonstrate safe and effective assessment of common foot conditions; (3) demonstrate ability to formulate differential diagnoses of podiatric conditions affecting the lower limb; (4) demonstrate ability to interpret the results of medical imaging tests employed in the diagnosis and management of foot and ankle pathology; (5) select and prescribe appropriate scheduled medicines in general and specialist podiatric practice for specified conditions within professional guidelines; (6) demonstrate ability to perform safe and effective conservative management of common foot conditions; (7) demonstrate ability to perform minor podiatric surgery under local anaesthesia on a range of soft tissue and digital abnormalities; (8) demonstrate ability to provide appropriate podiatric management to high-risk patients in a safe and efficient manner; (9) demonstrate the ability to prescribe, manufacture and modify accommodative and functional foot orthoses; (10) demonstrate ability to recognise the need for further care and make an appropriate referral of podiatric patients to other health professionals; (11) demonstrate the ability to review and apply research on the management of selected podiatric pathologies; (12) apply the principles of evidenced-based practice and research in the management of podiatric pathologies; (13) discuss and implement strategies for health maintenance, promotion and disease prevention in a selection of population sub-groups; (14) discuss with the patient preventative healthcare strategies to prevent various podiatric conditions; (15) demonstrate the ability to provide effective podiatric care in a culturally safe manner in dedicated Indigenous health podiatry clinics; (16) describe the role, regulations and registration for Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency; (17) demonstrate a professional approach to the management of ethical and legal responsibilities and challenges in podiatric practice; and (18) demonstrate ongoing professional development by seeking literature and other resources to implement evidence-based practice.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) clinical assessment; (2) assignment; and (3) in-training assessment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Laurie Foley
Unit rules
Successful completion of PODI5301 Podiatric Medicine 5 , PODI5302 Consolidation of Clinical Practice 1 , PODI5303 Anesthesia and General Surgery , PODI5308 Podiatric Seminars
Contact hours
14 hours/week
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