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Unit Overview


Students will be learning podiatric clinical skills via hands on training, practical classroom demonstrations, role plays and simulated patients. Students will learn how to conduct patient-centred interviews, history taking and presenting cases; perform biomechanical assessments of the lower extremity; learn how to diagnose musculoskeletal conditions affecting the lower leg and foot and develop the practical skill of modifying functional and over-the-counter foot orthoses; and learn how to perform general routine care. Students will begin to have patient contact half-way through the semester.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) demonstrate ability to perform aseptic no touch techniques.; (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) demonstrate an understanding 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) consolidate and apply biomechanical principles in evaluating and treating foot/ lower leg conditions; and (11) demonstrate the ability to interpret biomechanical assessments, formulate an orthotic management plane and perform modifications functional and over-the-counter foot orthoses.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignment/s; (2) clinical assessment/s; and (3) in-training assessment/s. 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 in-training assessment/s components.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Amelia Na
Unit rules
Successful completion of
the UWA MJD-MEDSC Medical Sciences
or PODI4111 Integrated Clinical Sciences 1, PODI4112 Integrated Clinical Sciences 2.
PUBH4401 Biostatistics I
Contact hours
14 hrs/week
clinic and labs conducted every day and times are according to allocated groups
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