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Unit Overview


This practicum is designed to broaden the student's clinical experiences by focusing on complex patients that are treated within tertiary hospitals.

They are expected to attend rotations in hospital departments such as orthopaedic, vascular

surgery, endocrinology, medical imaging, anaesthesia, pain management, rheumatology, plastic surgery, emergency medicine and infectious

diseases. They will also be exposed to safe and effictive use of medicines including antimicrobial stewardship. Rotations may be arranged in one or more hospitals. This can be at a local, national or international location depending on availability.

Students will develop an appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of patient care and acquire experience working with individual patients

within team environments.

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

Students are able to (1) observe patient management including history taking, physical assessment/s, investigations and medicines in various healthcare settings; (2) correlate findings to develop a treatment plan with clinical reasoning, including a provisional and differential clinical diagnoses in various health domains; (3) articulate the process of patient record keeping, communication and collaboration with the patient, surgical team and members of the healthcare team in various healthcare settings in accordance with legislative and regulatory requirements of the communicating for safety standard in the NSQHS standards.

; (4) articulate the surgical management of complex patients in various health care settings; (5) examine safe therapeutic management of patients in various healthcare settings in line with legislative and regulatory requirements of the medication safety standard and Quality Use of Medicines.

; (6) demonstrate reflective practice and identify areas of transferrable skills relevant to podiatric surgery; and (7) display professional behaviour in the education and clinical setting (including using cultural safety with an emphasis on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, families and communities).


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignment/s; (2) clinical assessment/s; (3) written assessment/s; and (4) professional behaviour 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 clinical assessment/s, written assessment/s, and professional behaviour assessment/s components.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Burke Hugo
Unit rules
Enrolment in
the Doctor of Podiatric Surgery (91830)
and PODI5511 Foundations of Podiatric Surgery 1 (ID 3775) PODI5512 Foundations of Podiatric Surgery 2 (ID 3776) PODI5513 Concepts of Podiatric Surgery (ID 3777) PODI5514 Podiatric Medicine Practicum (ID 3778) PODI5515 Introduction to surgical skills (ID3779) PODI6531 Surgical Practicum 1A (ID 3787) PODI6532 Surgical Practicum 1B (ID3788) PODI6533 Surgical Practicum 1C (ID 3789)
Contact hours
Clinical placement: ~100 hours / 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.