Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

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

Click on an offering mode for more details.

Unit Overview


This unit focuses on introducing basic surgical skills and theatre etiquette required of a podiatric surgeon. Students will learn how to behave in a surgical environment, apply policies and procedures to ensure safe practice in the clinical environment, identify risks and implement improvements, understand surgical instruments/medical equipment and their indications and use. Basic surgical skills such as suturing, wart currettage and nail procedures are taught and clinically assessed

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

Students are able to (1) demonstrate knowledge and practise safe scrubbing, gowning, gloving, aseptic no-touch techniques, surgically preparing the patient, draping, surgical theatre protocol/ etiquette and casting techniques; (2) demonstrate knowledge and competence in surgical instrument and medical equipment identification, indications, correct use and the ability to check equipment is in good working order and condition.

; (3) practise safely in the clinical environment and the ability to identify risk, report risk / incidences in line with legislative and regulatory requirements on clinical governance in the NSQHS standards; (4) demonstrate understanding and safe use of laser and fluoroscopy equipment; (5) demonstrate knowledge of policies and procedures to safely practice in the clinical environment (eg infection control / biological hazards), including the safe and effective use of pharmaceutical products in line with legislative and regulatory requirements on clinical governance in the NSQHS standards; (6) demonstrate knowledge and perform basic surgical skills such as suturing, wart currettage, nail procedures and use of injectible medicines; and (7) display professional behaviour in the education and clinical setting.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignment/s; (2) clinical assessment/s; (3) written 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 clinical assessment/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 Joanne Ang
Unit rules
Enrolment in
the Doctor of Podiatric Surgery (91830)
or Doctor of Podiatry (90820)
and PODI5511 Foundations of Podiatric Surgery 1 (ID3775) PODI5512 Foundations of Podiatric Surgery 2 (ID3776) PODI5513 Concepts of Podiatric Surgery (ID3777)
PODI5514 Podiatric Medicine Practicum (ID 3778).
PODI6571 Podiatric Research 1 (ID 3794)
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) Laser course (estimated cost - 220)
(2) Fluoroscopy course (estimated cost - 385)
(3) Suturing kit (estimated cost - 50).
Contact hours
Lecture: 1hours / week for duration of semester
Placement+ laboratory combination: 7hours / week
Seminars: 2hours/ fortnight 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]

  • 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.