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Unit Overview


This unit consolidates clinical practice in podiatry in preparation for students to enter independent practice upon graduation and registration as a podiatrist. All aspects of the assessment and treatment of common foot conditions, performing minor surgery and the administration and prescription of scheduled medications are covered.

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

Students are able to (1) perform minor podiatric surgery under local anaesthesia on a range of soft tissue and digital abnormalities.; (2) implement short and long term management plans.; (3) interpret the results of medical imaging tests employed in the diagnosis and management of foot and ankle pathology.; (4) select and prescribe appropriate scheduled medicines in general and specialist podiatric practice for specified conditions within professional guidelines.; (5) prescribe, manufacture and modify accommodative and functional foot orthoses.; (6) recognise the need for further care and make an appropriate referral of podiatric patients to other health professionals.; (7) demonstrate ability to provide appropriate management to high-risk patients in a safe and efficient manner.; (8) demonstrate full integration of reflective practice into all aspects of clinical behaviour.; (9) apply the principles of evidenced-based practice and research in the management of podiatric pathologies.; (10) understand and implement strategies for health maintenance, promotion and disease prevention in a range of population sub-groups.; and (11) demonstrate a professional approach to the management of ethical and legal responsibilities and challenges in podiatric practice.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) clinical assessment; (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 clinical assessment component.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Catherine Crabb
Unit rules
successful completion of
PODI4211 Integrated Clinical Practice, PODI4202 Progression of Clinical Practice 1, PODI4212, Integrated Podiatric Medicine 1, PUBH4401 Biostatistics 1, PODI4205 Progression of Clinical Practice 2, PODI4213 Integrated Podiatric Medicine 2, PODI4203 General Medicine and Pathology, PODI4208 Research Methods, PODI 5309 Integrated Podiatric Medicine 3, PODI 5302 Consolidation of Clinical Practice 1, PODI 5303 Anaesthesia and General Surgery.
Contact hours
25 hours per week
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