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Unit Overview


In this unit, students develop their patient history taking, communication, professionalism, reflective practice and manual dexterity skills by engaging in experiential learning in the UWA Podiatry Clinic to provide care to low risk patients. Students also engage in simulated work place learning to develop their understanding and application of safe practice management by demonstrating skills in clinical record keeping, gaining consent, patient confidentiality, podiatric assisting and explaining relevant mandatory policies and protocols in podiatric practice. Students are exposed to the application of therapeutic management of podiatric patients here. Students also develop clinical assessment skills, diagnostic principles and are able to justify assessment techniques to diagnose foot and ankle conditions and implement evidence based conservative treatments, while applying the principles of infection prevention and control protocols. Students learn the application of biomechanical principles to orthotic therapy and fundamentals of clinical assessments and conservative care, to then learn how to design,develop and manufacture a custom made foot orthoses to support and treat patients with foot & ankle pathologies with foot orthoses.

Students must abide by the Professional Behaviour Procedure set in out in the experiential work-place learning environments.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) demonstrate professional behaviour in the educational and clinical setting including on-site UWA Podiatry Clinic

; (2) demonstrate understanding of safe practice management including legislative and regulatory requirements within the on-site UWA Podiatry clinic/WILsettings including recognising and reporting adverse events and near misses; (3) demonstrate developing skills in podiatric history taking skills by embedding the concepts of social determinants of health, patient-centered care and professional communication with relevant parties in the clinical setting; (4) demonstrate the ability to perform basic assessments of the lower extremity to implement appropriate relevant clinical measurements and diagnostic principles using principles of safe practice; (5) demonstrate capability to safely perform, appropriate conservative treatments, applying the relevant principles of infection prevention and NSQHS; (6) apply biomechanical theories in orthotic therapy to prescribe and design foot orthoses; (7) evaluate the role that orthoses have in patient management for common foot and ankle conditions using current evidence based literature; (8) demonstrate developing orthoses manufacture techniques and occupational health and safety skills; and (9) develop and build on pharmacological knowledge within the WIL setting /onsite UWA Podiatry clinic.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments(s); (2) examination(s); (3) clinical assessment(s); and (4) professional behaviour assessment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the clinical assessment(s) and professional behaviour assessment components.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Matthew Keating
Unit rules
(1) a.
96 points credit including completion of all level 2 units in Major of Podiatric health and Medical Sciences Major (MJD-PHMSC).
or b.
Enrolment in
Doctor of Podiatric Medicine 91870.
and (2) students enrolling in this unit via the assured pathway MJD-PHMSC and/or the graduate entry DPM must comply with the requirements of the School's Infection Control, First Aid, Working with Children's check and Police Clearance check requirements prior to the commencement of Level 3 PODI units, as detailed in the DPM course rules.
PODI3000 Professionalism in Practice (ID 7835).
PODI3117 Pharmacotherapeutics for Podiatrists 1 (ID 7823).
PODI3118 Research and Evidence in Practice (ID 7840).
PODI3114 Podiatric Biomechanics (ID 7820)
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
(1) Ear defenders or ear plugs (estimated cost - $5 - $30)
(2) Safety glasses (estimated cost - $5 - $30)
(3) Transport costs associated with attending field trips and placements (estimated cost - Up to $500)
(4) Replacement costs for borrowed equipment (estimated cost - $20 - $5000).
Contact hours
Approximately 6 hours per week, including lectures 2-3 hours per week and a combination of: seminars, clinical skills workshops, team and case based learning workshops, e-learning sessions, tutorials, and self-directed online learning.
  • 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.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.