Studying online

There are now 3 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

Units available in Online Restricted mode have been adapted for online study only for those students who require the unit to complete their studies and who are unable to attend campus owing to exceptional circumstances beyond their control. To be enrolled in a unit in Online Restricted mode, students should contact their Student Advising Office through askUWA

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Unit Overview

This unit is designed to expand a student's understanding of techniques used in the diagnosis and medical management of a variety of conditions likely to be encountered in podiatry practice taking a patient centred care approach that factors in their cultural, social, personal, financial and environmental background.
It also includes clinical pharmacology and drug prescribing relevant to the practice of podiatric surgery; interpretation of
common blood tests and medical imagin as well as ethical and legal considerations when managing surgical patients.
6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodOnlineOnline flexible
Students are able to (1) demonstrate knowledge of conservative and surgical, pharmacological and non-pharmacological management of relevant podiatric conditions and risks associated with each using current scientific evidence; (2) demonstrate knowledge of and support for a multidisciplinary approach to patient management; (3) demonstrate knowledge of patient centred care; factoring cultural, social, personal, financial and environmental backgrounds when implementing management.; (4) demonstrate a professional approach to the management of ethical and legal responsibilities with surgical patients; and (5) interpret common blood test results and medical imaging.
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 Joanne Ang and Dr Jamie Weaver
Unit rules
Enrolment in the Doctor of Podiatric Surgery (91830) course or enrolment in the Doctor of Podiatry (90820) and
PODI5511 Foundations of Podiatric Surgery 1 (ID3775)
PUBH4401 Biostatistics I (ID 698)
Contact hours
Lecture: 2hours / week for duration of semester
Tutorial: 2hours/ fortnight for duration of semester
Seminars: 2hours/ fortnight for duration of semester

Dimmitt, S. Medicine for Podiatrists: eBook (ISBN 978-1-19219996-7-3)

Therapeutic Guidelines: (various versions) Analgesic; Antibiotic; Dermatological; Psychotropic; Rheumatological: Therapeutic Guidelines Ltd, Melbourne

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