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Unit Overview


Students will develop confidence as podiatric practitioners in practicing through a broad range approach to musculoskeletal medicine. You will be able to apply a broad range of treatment perspectives, from preventative, self management to managing appropriate surgical referrals. This is achieved through a patient centred approach and collaborative partnerships with other professionals. This unit will focus on developing clinical knowledge and skills with regard to the interpretation and application of biomechanical principles and assessment and and management of musculoskeletal conditions.

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

Students are able to (1) demonstrate knowledge of epidemiology, anatomy, pathophysiology, normal function and biomechanics, clinical presentations, progression, diagnostic and therapeutic principles/management with specified core conditions and presentations in the lower limb, foot and ankle musculoskeletal medicine; (2) identify and describe appropriate medical imaging techniques for common musculoskeletal conditions affecting the foot and ankle including MRI, ultrasound and X-ray; (3) develop clinical problem-solving skills to formulate differential diagnoses and recognise clinical priorities; (4) demonstrate professional behaviour in a variety of clinical/educational settings; (5) implement principles of communication with patients, colleagues and other health professionals and present cases in a logical and systematic manner; (6) demonstrate knowledge of epidemiology, anatomy, pathophysiology, clinical presentations, natural history, diagnostic and therapeutic principles with specified core conditions and presentations in the high-risk foot; (7) interpret appropriate medical imaging techniques for high-risk foot conditions affecting the foot and ankle; (8) demonstrate the appropriate patient assessment skills affecting the high-risk foot, including neurovascular, dermatology and wound assessments. and other assessment conditions affecting the high-risk foot and ankle; (9) assess impact of presenting problem on patient's health, acknowledging their individual context and preference; (10) demonstrate the application of scientific knowledge for the assessment, management and treatment of common high risk foot conditions while also utilising suitable risk assessment tools where available; (11) explain diagnoses, investigations, management options and prognoses in a systematic and logical manner.; (12) identify appropriate resources for further education for patients; (13) develop an understanding of the diversity in different populations in common high-risk foot conditions affecting the foot and ankle; and (14) identify opportunities for collaboration and teamwork and referral to health professionals in delivering patient centred health care.


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

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Deborah Schoen
Unit rules
Successful completion of
UWA MJD-MEDSC Medical Sciences
or PODI4111 Integrated Clinical Sciences 1, PODI4112 Integrated Clinical Sciences 2, and First semester DPM 2 Units: PODI4211 Integrated Clinical Practice, PODI4212 Integrated Podiatric Medicine 1, PODI4202 Progression of Clinical Practice 1
and PUBH4401 Biostatistics.
Contact hours
5 hours/week
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  • 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.