Professional Practice

Course code PDTY2204
Available in 2015
2015 Course Timetables


This course is a clinical course with clinical treatment and advanced orthotic therapy components. The clinical treatment component is designed to extend students' non-surgical skills in a supervised context. Students will be required to assess, develop and implement treatment plans for low to medium risk clients. Emphasis is placed on working with geriatric patients and on further development and application of clinical assessment and case management skills using evidence based practice techniques and case based learning strategies. Students are introduced to all aspects of the clinical use of local anaesthesia. Advanced orthotic therapy introduces the student to more complex prescription requirements and to the manufacture and modification of technically demanding styles of orthoses. Students are exposed to the prescription of orthoses in the clinical setting and introduced to external lab-based manufacture of orthoses.



  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate advanced clinical skills and behaviour including; Professional ethics, Written and verbal communication, The integration of evidence based practice into clinical decision making processes, Infection control mechanisms, Working in a multidisciplinary setting as simulated by group work opportunities

2. Safely perform a podiatric assessment and correctly document the results including; Skin and nail assessment, Musculoskeletal assessment, Gait assessment, Neurological assessment, Vascular assessment

3. Select and correctly apply appropriate evidence based therapeutic and preventative interventions based on podiatric assessment findings, taking into account relevant indications and contra-indications, including: Orthotic therapy, Physical therapies, Exercise prescription and rehabilitation programs, Application of strapping and padding, Manual podiatric interventions, Pharmacological intervention.

4. Devise evidence based, goal orientated management plans for foot related problems accounting for the physical, social and emotional impacts of the presenting problem.

5. Safely determine and deliver the correct dosage of local anaesthesia for pain management in the foot, taking into account relevant indications and contra-indications.

6. Demonstrate skills in modification of positive casts and shell modifications

7. Successfully manufacture a pair of cast orthoses

8. Demonstrate ability in fitting of an orthotic device

9. Accurately complete external laboratory orthotic prescription forms

10. Integrate biomechanical theory with orthotic therapy to formulate effective and appropriate orthotic management strategies

11. Understand and adhere to the OH & S requirements of an orthoses lab

12. Demonstrate the ability to appropriately prescribe and fit pre-fabricated foot orthoses.



  • Local anaesthesia
  • Footwear and footwear fitting
  • Neurovascular assessments
  • Indications for accommodative devices
  • Biomechanical assessment
  • Case management; sports podiatry, neurology, rheumatology, diabetes

Advanced orthotic therapy

  • Cast modifications
  • Shell modifications
  • Inverted technique
  • Orthotic fitting/trouble shooting
  • Lab prescription forms
  • Accommodative techniques

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 (11692). Pre-requisite - successful completion of HUBS1403, HUBS1404, PDTY2101, PDTY2102 and PDTY2103

Assumed Knowledge

<ul> <li> Basic orthotic therapy manufacturing and theoretical knowledge</li> <li> Functional anatomy of the foot and ankle</li> <li> Biomechanics of the gait cycle</li> <li> Pathomechanics of the lower limb</li></ul>

Assessment Items

In Term Test: Patient-based Clinical Exam *

Project: Orthoses Manufactured

In Term Test: Mid-Semester Exam *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Practical: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions.
  • Clinical: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions.

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • In Term Test: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • In Term Test: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Local Anaesthesia In-class examination

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • 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.

Contact Hours



Face to Face Off Campus 8 hour(s) per Week for Full 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