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Unit Overview


This unit is the final of two extended clinical placement units, which are designed for final year DPM students. This unit is designed to prepare the student for entry into the workplace upon graduation as a registered health professional.. This unit builds-on and develops students accumulated clinical experiences, knowledge, skills and behaviours which have been curated through the clinical podiatric practice units via experiential work-integrated learning. Students consolidate clinical reasoning, knowledge, skills and professional attributes acquired across the course during these placements. Students consolidate professional identity, undertaking the role of the professional, ethical practitioner, the advocate, the educator, the researcher, the team member and leader by delivering exemplary patient-centered care. Students develop the capacity to perform effective reflective practice and an appreciation of social determinants of health, foot health needs in the community, and the professional role and responsibilities of podiatrists in the community, and therefore form the basis for lifelong learning in professional practice, while consolidating knowledge and skills acquired across the course. Students will experience team work and collaboration with a range of health professionals in an interdisciplinary environment. Students consolidate learning and application of therapeutic management of patients by integrating patient history and clinical examination findings, patient context and treatment factors, to determine appropriate prescribed medicines.

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

Students are able to (1) demonstrate professional behaviour in the educational and variety of WIL settings (inclusive of UWA on-site clinic); including communicating and interacting appropriately with other health professionals, independently or in teams, with diverse client groups

; (2) demonstrate safe practice in accordance with legislation, guidelines, and regulations pertaining to podiatric practice, and use of pharmaceutical products in a range of work integrated learning settings at graduate entry level; (3) communicate and interact appropriately with other health professionals in a range of settings and diverse client groups, demonstrating cultural sensitivity and team work; (4) reflect using a variety of WIL experiences the need for continuing professional development, ongoing cultural and professional responsibilities of a registered health practitioner; (5) demonstrate independent clinical reasoning skills in the assessment and generation of differential diagnoses of complex conditions affecting the lower limb, foot and ankle advanced performance of minor surgery, and the prescription and administration of medications; (6) demonstrate independent treatment and management skills of complex conditions affecting the lower limb, ankle and foot for a variety of patient groups including those requiring complex, lower limb, foot and ankle care at entry practitioner level; (7) formulate and apply clinical reasoning skill in the selection and prescription of scheduled medications for treatment of conditions affecting the lower limb, foot and ankle at expected graduate entry level in accordance with legislative and regulatory requirements; (8) demonstrate independently a person-centred approach to history taking, identifying and planning for individual patients contextualising their medical, clinical and pharmaceutical history, SDOH and health literacy; and (9) independently develop and implement strategies for assessing progress and review of patient's management, health maintenance, shared patient care arrangements, health promotion and disease prevention in a range of population sub-groups.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) clinical assessment(s); (2) assignment(s); and (3) 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 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) PODI5336 Clinical Podiatric Practice 6 (ID 7852) 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 urban, rural and remote field placements (estimated cost - $100 - $3000).
Contact hours
Full time clinical placement (Monday - Friday): Approximately 37 hours per week for 8 weeks block placement
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  • 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.