UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

PODI4102 Introduction to Clinical Practice 1

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This unit introduces students to the relevant ethical and legal responsibilities within the practice of clinical podiatric medicine. During laboratory sessions students are taught the principles of taking a podiatric history and performing a podiatric physical examination. The practitioner-patient relationship, record keeping and time management skills are introduced. An introduction to neurological and vascular examination of the lower limb is undertaken. The impact of historical, cultural and social factors on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' health and health care is discussed. Students spend time observing patients being assessed and treated in hospital and/or private podiatry practice.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) apply knowledge of podiatric anatomy and physiology knowledge to basic clinical practices; (2) demonstrate the selection, safe and effective use of a range of podiatric instruments, including infection control, when performing nail and skin debridement in practice; (3) demonstrate developing effective patient-centred interviewing skills; (4) perform basic components of a patient assessment of the lower extremity including vascular and neurovascular examination and lower limb biomechanical assessment; (5) demonstrate basic clinical skills in podiatric practice, including callus and nail debridement, therapeutic taping and the use of ortho-digital devices; (6) demonstrate effective use of Doppler ultrasound, sphygmomanometers and podiatry instruments; (7) display developing professional skills communicating with patients; (8) demonstrate the ability to conduct a literature search related to the practice of podiatry and to critically evaluate the literature in relation to current knowledge and practice; (9) demonstrate developing teaching skills in peer presentations; (10) completion of an-online cultural awareness program of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
discuss the impact of historical, cultural and social factors on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' health and health care.; (11) demonstrate the ability to work effectively in a small group for the presentation of a podiatry topic, including time management, problem management and delegation skills; (12) appreciation of health care practice in a variety of settings; (13) demonstrate appropriate communication skills and professional behaviour, when in contact with patients on clinical practice
understand ethical responsibilities and dilemmas in podiatric practice.; and (14) demonstrate developing skills of a life-long learner including self-reflection; ability to identify learning needs and seek resources to address gaps in knowledge and practice.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) assignment 1: Part 1: Literature review of a condition observed in Clinical placement; (2) assignment 1: Part 2:Presentation in groups allocated clinical condition; and (3) 2-hour observed structured clinical examination:SPECS. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Associate Professor Laurie Foley
Contact hours 1x 1 hour lecture per week
1x1 hour tutorial per week
2x1 hour lab per week
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.meddent.uwa.edu.au/Units/PODI4102/SEM-1/2017

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