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Unit Overview


This final semester unit aims to consolidate the theoretical aspects of podiatric medicine to enable students to diagnose and manage common disorders of the lower limb with particular emphasis on the latest foot and ankle treatment modalities. A number of guest lecturers are invited to share their knowledge in various areas of the podiatric medicine. Lectures are given on topics related to personnel and professional development.

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

Students are able to (1) discuss various classification systems for trauma to the foot and ankle; (2) know common physiotherapy and advanced orthotics therapy techniques in the management of various foot and ankle pathologies; (3) demonstrate effective assessment and management of sports injuries and complex lower extremity disorders; (4) order and interpret pathology tests and advanced radiographic modalities in the management of podiatric pathologies; (5) demonstrate prescribing of drugs for management of infection, pain and dermatological conditions; (6) discuss indications, contraindications and post-management of various nail surgery procedures; (7) demonstrate clinical reasoning and use evidence-based clinical practice in the management of podiatric pathologies; (8) discuss legal responsibilities involved in establishing a private practice in podiatry and implement a business plan to establish a private practice in podiatry; and (9) demonstrate how to prepare a CV and apply for a job.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written examination and (2) assignment. 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 component.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Reza Naraghi
Unit rules
Successful completion of
PODI5301 Podiatric Medicine 5
, PODI5302 Consolidation of Clinical Practice 1
, PODI5303 Anesthesia and General Surgery
, PODI5308 Podiatric Seminars
Contact hours
4 hours/week
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