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Unit Overview


In this unit, students will discuss the barriers and enablers of health literacy as well as the psychosocial, socioeconomic, epidemiological and cultural impact that the high risk foot can have on health outcomes and heath decision making. Students demonstrate their understanding of the role of the podiatrist in the provision of care to the high risk foot by applying practical skills to clinically identify, assess and stratify the high-risk foot and demonstrate the appropriate patient assessment skills - including neurovascular assessment. Students will be able to explain the underlying pathologies, risk factors, biomechanics and comorbidities presenting within this high risk foot population. Students learn how to appropriately and safely prevent wounds, treat acute and chronic foot wounds and manage those in remission while understanding the patient's perspective and quality patient-centred care. Students develop communication skills to collaborate with the patients' care team, by advocating for the patient and demonstrating interprofessional competence in a multi-disciplinary HRF clinic.

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

Students are able to (1) discuss the barriers and enablers of health literacy and the impact that the high risk foot can have on health outcomes; including social determinants of health; (2) demonstrate the ability to identify, assess and stratify the high risk foot; (3) explain the underlying pathologies, risk factors, biomechanics and comorbidities presenting with the high risk foot population; (4) able to appropriately and safely prevent, treat acute and chronic and manage wounds in remission; (5) develop communication skills to collaborate with the patients' care team and advocating for the patient in multidisciplinary teams; (6) critique literature regarding assessment, stratification, interprofessional skills, prevention and management of the high-risk foot, chronic and acute wounds in primary and tertiary care; and (7) outline the application and role of therapeutic management of high risk foot patients.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignment(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 Sally Sanderson
Unit rules
Enrolment in
Doctor of Podiatric Medicine 91870, and (b)
successful completion of
PODI4221 Podiatric Populations 1 (ID 7836) PODI4222 Clinical Podiatric Practice 3 (ID 7837) PODI4223 Pharmacotherapeutics for Podiatrists 2 (ID 7838) PODI4224 Research Project Planning (ID 7839)
PODI4225 Podiatric Populations 2 (ID 7824) PODI4226 Clinical Podiatric Practice 4 (ID 7841) PODI4227 Podiatric Surgery and Clinical Therapeutics (ID 7842) PODI4000 Research Project Development (ID 7844)
Contact hours
Approximately 6 hours per week, including lectures 2-3 hours per week and a combination of: team and case based learning workshops, e-learning sessions, tutorials, and self-directed online learning.
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