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Unit Overview


This practicum unit focuses on peri-operative patient management and implementing surgical plans based on clinical findings. Students will provide mentorship to general podiatry students as they attend surgical clinics as part of their training. This unit builds on PODI6533 and aims to develop surgical skills with a forefoot and midfoot focus such as digital arthrodesis, digital arthroplasty, cheilectomy, neurectomy, tenotomy, other soft tissue procedures as well as first ray procedures; including distal, mid and proximal shaft hallux abductovalgus correction, hallux limitus/rigidus correction, flatfoot correction, management of osteoarthritis and fractures with an introduction to fixation principles. Students will contiune developing communication skills through various methods such as oral case presentations to their peers, reflective logbooks, written assignments as well as patient interaction and communication with various healthcare professionals. This unit continues to build on the therapeutic concepts taught in the foundations units of the course and aims to expose students to various clinical scenarios where therapeutic management is safely implemented.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) implement peri-operative patient management competently; (2) articulate pre-operative findings to develop a patient-centred surgical plan, with evidence-based clinical reasoning, including a provisional and differential clinical diagnoses

; (3) examine and maintain accurate patient records and competence in communication with the patient, healthcare team, surgical team and peers in accordance with legislative and regulatory requirements of the communicating for safety standard in the NSQHS standards.; (4) implement and demonstrate all tasks of safe operating room protocols and etiquette, the safe use of injectable medicines, incision planning, surgical techniques including the comparison of AO fixation principles with a forefoot and midfoot focus

; (5) demonstrate risk reporting and management in line with legislative and regulatory requirements on clinical governance in the NSQHS standards; (6) articulate safe therapeutic management of patients in line with legislative and regulatory requirements of the medication safety standard and Quality Use of Medicines; (7) demonstrate reflective practice and understanding limits of competence and scope of practice with minimal cues

; and (8) display professional behaviour in the education and clinical setting (including distinguishing opportunities for 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) PODI6534 Surgical Practicum 2A (ID 3790)
PODI6574 Podiatric Research 4 (ID 7861)
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]

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