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
Assesses objectives 1-6
Assessment of clinical skills and knowledge
Other: (please specify)Orthotic manufacture
Assesses objective 7-10
Assessment of devices manufactured during semester time.
Other: (please specify)Attendance-COMPULSORY COURSE COMPONENT
Assesses objective 5
Students are expected to meet the attendance requirements for clinical, skills and orthoses sessions. Students not meeting the attendance requirements for all sessions will not meet the compulsory course component requirements for the assessment item and will be given a failed grade (FF) for the course. This assessment item requires attendance throughout the semester therefore no opportunity for remediation will be allowed unless accompanied by the appropriate Adverse Circumstance documentation.
Other: (please specify)Professional Behaviour- COMPULSORY COURSE COMPONENT
Assesses objective 1,5 & 8
Students must pass the professional behaviour assessment in each clinical session. Assessment is based on the University Placement Policy (Policy000768) with specific reference to actions deemed as "misconduct" and "unprofessional" as defined by this policy and including observation of all policies and procedures set out by the University Podiatry Clinic, skills ab and orthoses lab in regard to all aspects of clinical practice including infection control and OH&S requirements. This assessment ensures students have appropriate knowledge and skills to behave in a professional, safe and ethical manner on subsequent internal and external placement. Students not meeting the professional behaviour requirements for this course will not meet the compulsory course component requirements for the assessment item and will be given a failed grade (FF) for the course. This assessment item requires professional behaviour to be assessed over the entire semester therefore no opportunity for remediation for the professional behaviour assessment will be offered unless accompanied by the appropriate Adverse Circumstance documentation.
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
Compulsory Course ComponentTo attend placement and pass this course students will need to demonstrate that they have met the mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements.
WorkCover approved FIrst Aid Certificate
Completion of orthotic lab induction which will occur in the first week of semester
Requisite by EnrolmentStudents must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Podiatry program.
Compulsory Program ComponentPrior successful completion of HUBS1108, HUBS1404 and PDTY1202.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PDTY2101