UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

PODI5302 Consolidation of Clinical Practice 1

Credit 6 points
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AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This unit consolidates clinical practice in podiatry in preparation for the student 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.
Outcomes 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
demonstrate ability to Interpret the results of medical imaging tests employed in the diagnosis and management of foot and ankle pathology; (4) select and prescribe appropriate scheduled medicines in general and specialist podiatric practice for specified conditions within professional guidelines
demonstrate ability to perform safe and (effective or efficient?) conservative management of common foot conditions
demonstrate ability to perform minor podiatric surgery under local anaesthesia on a range of soft tissue and digital abnormalities
demonstrate ability to provide appropriate podiatric management to high-risk patients in a safe and efficient manner
demonstrate the ability to prescribe, manufacture and modify accommodative and functional foot orthoses
demonstrate ability to recognise the need for further care and make an appropriate referral of podiatric patients to other health professionals; (5) demonstrate the ability to review and apply research on the management of podiatric pathologies; (6) apply the principles of evidenced based practice and research in the management of podiatric pathologies; (7) discuss and implement strategies for health maintenance, promotion and disease prevention in a range of population sub-groups
discuss with the patient preventative healthcare strategies to prevent various podiatric conditions; (8) develop an understanding of providing culturally safe care by completing an-online cultural awareness program
demonstrate the ability to provide effective podiatric care in a culturally safe manner in dedicated Indigenous health podiatry clinics; (9) describe the role, regulations and registration for Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency; (10) demonstrate a professional approach to the management of ethical and legal responsibilities and challenges in podiatric practice; and (11) demonstrate on-going professional development by seeking literature and other resources to implement evidence based practice.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) clinical assessments conducted on placement by clinical supervisors; (2) written therapeutic log sheets to select and prescribe appropriate scheduled medicines; and (3) SPECS exam. 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
Prerequisites: completion of all Level 2 units within the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.meddent.uwa.edu.au/Units/PODI5302/SEM-1/2017

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