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Unit Overview


This unit consolidates clinical practice in podiatry in preparation for the student 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. Students should demonstrate critical thinking ability, reflective practice, engage in peer mentorship and learning, and research skills to promote themselves as lifelong learners. Students engage in critical clinical reasoning skills, communication skills, cultural awareness and the ethical principles of patient centered care in practice. Students will also build on essential skills such as a self-directed approach to learning and the ability to work as part of a team, becoming the life long learner, the ethical professional, the educator, the researcher and the patient advocate. Students apply the principles of evidenced-based practice and research in the management of podiatric pathologies, understand and implement strategies for health maintenance, promotion and disease prevention in a range of population sub-groups and demonstrate a professional approach to the management of ethical and legal responsibilities and challenges in podiatric practice. Students will also select and prescribe appropriate scheduled medicines in general and specialist podiatric practice for specified conditions within professional guidelines.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) display professional behaviour in the educational and clinical setting; (2) formulate entry level practitioner critical clinical reasoning skills; (3) apply communication skills, cultural awareness and ethical principles of practice patient centered care at entry level practitioner standard

; (4) demonstrate skills of a reflective practitioner in seeking to identify and address gaps in knowledge and practice at entry level practitioner standard; (5) appraise the results of medical imaging tests employed in the diagnosis and management of lower limb pathology; (6) formulate evidence based management of podpopulations in conservative and minor surgical procedures; (7) understand and implement strategies for health maintenance, promotion and disease prevention in a range of population sub-groups; (8) safely formulate and perform minor podiatric surgery under local anaesthesia for a range of common conditions; and (9) formulate and apply learning and application of therapeutic management of patients using WIL experiences at expected graduate entry level inclusive of ESM, National Health Strategies, Health Frameworks and International guidelines.


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 examination(s), 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 Catherine Crabb and Dr Kim Holmes
Unit rules
Enrolment in
Doctor of Podiatric Medicine 91870, and (b)
successful completion of
PODI5331 Podiatric Populations 3.
PODI5332 Clinical Podiatric Practice 5.
PODI5333 Extended Placement 1.
PODI5334 Research Project 1
PODI5335 Podiatric Populations 4 (ID 7850) PODI5337 Extended Placements 2 (ID 7853) PODI5338 Research Project 2 (ID 7854)
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
(1) Replacement costs for borrowed equipment (estimated cost - $20 - $5000)
(2) Transport costs associated with attending field trips and placements (estimated cost - Up to $500).
Contact hours
Approximately 6 hours per week, including lectures 2-3 hours per week and a combination of: seminars, clinical skills workshops, team and case based learning workshops, e-learning sessions, tutorials, and self-directed online learning.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • 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.