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Unit Overview


This unit focuses on assessment of collective knowledge and understanding of program onset didactic theory and hands on suture skills. Students are able to demonstrate clear and safe progression from didactic learning to surgical practicum units in Years 3,4 and 5. Students are able to demonstrate clear podiatric surgical capabilities. Students are able to demonstrate clear progression of theoretical knowledge basic surgical skills undertaken in Years 1 and 2. Topics include medical imaging, interpretation of common blood tests, patient centred care, multidisciplinary healthcare team, introduction to theatre etiquette and surgical assisting, communication and team approach, pharmacological and non-pharmacologic and conservative and surgical treatment plans for relevant podiatric conditions.

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AvailabilityLocationModeFirst year of offer
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) demonstrates proficiency in selecting and interpreting standard blood tests and medical imaging to diagnose and stage frequent podiatric conditions in surgical consultation; (2) demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of prevalent podiatric surgical procedures, including their indications, contraindications, fixation techniques and perioperative management for soft tissue, fore-, mid- and hindfoot deformities; (3) exhibits understanding and apply knowledge of conservative, surgical and pharmacological management of relevant podiatric conditions with due consideration impact on all body systems; (4) demonstrates a professional approach to the management of ethical and legal responsibilities with surgical patients adhering to relevant regulatory, legislative requirements and in accordance with National Safety and Quality Health Service standards; (5) consistently practices high quality multidisciplinary care utilizing high level skills in communication, patient centred care and culturally responsive care; and (6) demonstrate foundational surgical skills including safe and effective suturing techniques.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) examination- practical; (2) examination - multiple choice; and (3) assessment short answer. Further information is available in the unit outline.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Burke Hugo
Unit rules
Successful completion of
Unit(s) PODI5512 Foundations of Podiatric Surgery 2
Successful completion of
Unit(s) PODI5513 Concepts of Podiatric Surgery
Successful completion of
Unit(s) PODI5514 Podiatric Medicine Practicum
Successful completion of
Unit(s) PODI5515 Introduction to Surgical Skills
Contact hours
3 hours
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