Introduction to Podiatry Clinical Skills

Course code PDTY2101Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

This course provides an introduction to clinical skills commonly required in podiatry and the manufacture of foot orthoses. The clinical component includes sterilization and infection control, basic podiatric treatments, such as nail cutting and scalpel techniques. Students are introduced to common podiatric assessments including biomechanical assessment, clinical gait analysis and neurovascular assessments. The use of medical records including the legal obligations of podiatrists, making entries and writing referral letters is also covered. The orthoses component develops student understanding of orthotic therapy and the manufacture of basic orthotic devices.

This course is a Compulsory Program Component and students must pass in order to progress in the Bachelor of Podiatry program.

Available in 2015

OurimbahSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn completion of this course students should be able to:


1. Demonstrate adherence to appropriate infection control procedures.
2. Take a basic patient history and conduct a podiatric physical examination.
3. Perform routine podiatric treatments and biomechanical and basic neurovascular assessments.
4. Apply padding and strapping to the foot and ankle.
5. Describe and demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour and communication.
6. Describe evidence based practice and how it can be applied to the clinical setting.
7.Describe the history of orthotic therapy.
8.Demonstrate and adhere to the OH&S requirement of an orthoses lab.
9.Satisfactorily perform the prescription and manufacture of simple insoles and cast orthoses.
10.Take accurate negative impression plaster casts.
ContentClinical
1. Infection control and sterilization.
2. Clinical history taking and patient examination.
3. Clinical skills including nail cutting, scalpel technique, padding and strapping, biomechanical assessments .


Orthoses
4. History of orthotic therapy.
5. Negative casting.
6. Materials, principles and manufacture of simple insoles and basic cast orthoses.
7. Introduction to orthotic specifications.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
TransitionN/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeMusculoskeletal and functional anatomy of the lower limb.
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsClinical
Practical
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)Clinical Examination
This assessment item must be passed to pass the course
Other: (please specify)Orthotic manufacture
Assessment of devices manufactured during semester time
This assessment item must be passed to pass the course
Other: (please specify)Attendance at all clinical and orthotic manufacture sessions is compulsory
This assessment item must be passed to pass the course
Other: (please specify)Assessment of adherence to infection control and OH&S requirements
This assessment item must be passed to pass the course
Contact HoursClinical: for 40 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Practical: for 4 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentStudents must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Podiatry
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-First Aid Certificate
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-Prohibited Employment Declaration
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. Compulsory Course Component : Completion of orthotic lab induction which will occur in the first week of semester.
Compulsory Program ComponentCompulsory Program Component : Prior successful completion of HUBS1108 & HUBS1404. Compulsory Course Component : WorkCover approved First Aid Certificate. Compulsory Course Component : Completion of an orthotic lab induction which will be occur in the first week of Semester.
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-Criminal Record Check
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PDTY2101