Introduction to Podiatry Clinical Skills
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.
- Semester 1 - 2017
On successful completion of the course students will 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, musculoskeletal 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 and 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
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 .
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.
Review of Progress
This course is a compulsory program requirement for students in the following program(s):
In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students enrolled in these program(s) must satisfactorily complete this course in order to progress in their program.
This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Podiatry program. Pre-requisite - successful completion of PDTY1202, HUBS1108 and HUBS1404
Musculoskeletal and functional anatomy of the lower limb.
In Term Test: Observed Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE)
Formal Examination: Formal Written Exam
Participation: Attendance and OH and S *
* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.
In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:
General Course Requirements:
- Clinical: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions.
Course Assessment Requirements:
- Participation: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
- First Aid Certificate - students must complete a First Aid Certificate issued by an approved provider.
- NSW Health Verification Requirements - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met.
- WHS Requirement - Students must complete a Workplace Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. - Completion of orthotic lab induction which will occur in the first week of semester.
Face to Face Off Campus 40 hour(s) per Term
Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks
Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks