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Unit Overview


This is an introductory unit focusing on body systems and principles of pharmacology from a podiatric surgery perspective. It also explores pharmaceutical legislation and the 'national drug list' available for General Podiatrists and Podiatric Surgeons with Endorsed Scheduled Medicine prescribing rights. This heavily theoretical unit aims to revise and consolidate existing medical and podiatric knowledge to ensure students have adequate foundations in place to further progress in the course.

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

Students are able to (1) demonstrate knowledge of normal and abnormal function of the integumentary, cardiovascular,respiratory, renal, immune, musckuloskeletal, nervous, endocrine, gastrointenstinal and lymphatic system.; (2) demonstrate expertise in identifying clinical presentation, selection of relevant assessment/s, interpretation of basic medical imaging and diagnosis of common podiatric conditions; (3) describe and interpret the general processes of drug administration, distribution, metabolism and excretion in the body; (4) demonstrate knowledge of the principles of drug prescribing and the legislation involved in writing prescriptions, administering medications, reporting adverse events, storing scheduled medicines and advertising therapeutic goods.; and (5) demonstrate knowledge of the ‘national drug list' and restrictions that apply to Endorsed Scheduled Medicines prescribing by podiatrists and podiatric surgeons.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) test/s; (2) assignment/s; and (3) written assessment/s. 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 assessment/s component.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Jamie Weaver
Unit rules
Enrolment in
the Doctor of Podiatric Surgery (91830) course
or enrolment in
the Doctor of Podiatry (90820)
PUBH4401 Biostatistics I
Contact hours
Lecture: 2hours / week for duration of semester
Tutorial/Seminar: 2hours / week for duration of semester
Placements/Clinic: 2hours / week for duration of semester

Mann’s Surgery of the Foot and Ankle, 2-Volume Set / 9th Edition [Authors: Michael Coughlin, Charles Saltzman, Robert B. Anderson]

McGlamry’s foot and ankle surgery, 5th edition [Authors: Brian Carpenter. Editors: Michelle L. Butterworth, William D. Fishco, John T. Marcoux, Daniel F. Vickers, Ovid Technologies Inc.]

McGlamry’s comprehensive textbook of foot and ankle surgery, 4th Edition. [Authors: E. Dalton McGlamry, Joe T. Southerland]

The Foot and Ankle: Master Techniques in Podiatric Surgery, 1st Edition. [Author: Thomas K. Chang]

Foot and Ankle. 2nd Edition. [Author: David Thordarson]

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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.