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Unit Overview


This unit focuses on theoretical knowledge of common podiatric surgical procedures with aims for students to be able to understand indications, contraindications, surgical techniques, peri-operative management as well as accurate diagnosis and classification of conditions via medical imaging. Case studies are implemented to further progress students with their therapeutic application skills when managing surgical patients. Concepts of internal/external fixation as well as wound and bone healing are also explored for students to be able to apply this as they progress through the course.

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

Students are able to (1) demonstrate knowledge of common podiatric surgical procedures, their indications, contraindications, techniques and peri-operative management of soft tissue, fore-,mid- and hind-foot deformities.; (2) demonstrate knowledge of appropriate clinical assessments and investigations required for common podiatric surgical procedures of fore-,mid- and hind-foot deformities.; (3) demonstrate appropriate choice and interpretation of medical imaging to diagnose and stage common podiatric conditions; (4) demonstrate knowledge of the diagnosis and management of peri-operative complications, both local and systemic in the elective podiatric surgical patient.; (5) demonstrate knowledge of therapeutic drug prescribing relevant to management of the podiatric surgical patient in line with legislative and regulatory requirements of the medication safety standard and Quality Use of Medicines.; (6) demonstrate knowledge of internal and external fixation concepts, implant selection, osteogenesis and wound healing.; and (7) display professional behaviour in the education and clinical setting (including cultural safety with an emphasis on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, families and communities).


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) test/s; (2) assignment/s; (3) oral exam/s; (4) written assessment/s; and (5) 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 oral exam/s, written 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 Jamie Weaver
Unit rules
Enrolment in
the Doctor of Podiatric Surgery (91830)
or Doctor of Podiatry (90820)
and PODI5511 Foundations of Podiatric Surgery 1 (ID 3775) PODI5512 Foundations of Podiatric Surgery 2 (ID 3776)
PUBH4403 Epidemiology I (ID 707)
Contact hours
Lecture: 2hours / week for duration of semester
Tutorial/Seminar: 2hours / week for duration of semester
Clinic/Placement: 2hours / week for duration of semester

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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