Professional Practice

Course code PDTY2204Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

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.

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 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn completion of this course students will be able to;

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 and
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 (including inshoe devices and orthodigital devices)
Physical therapies (including trigger point, soft tissue techniques and hot/cold therapy)
Exercise prescription and rehabilitation programs
Application of strapping and padding
Manual podiatric interventions (including reduction, hypertrophic skin debridement)
Pharmacological intervention (including the administering of local anaesthesia)

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.

Advanced orthotic therapy
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
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeBasic orthotic therapy manufacturing and theoretical knowledge
Functional anatomy of the foot and ankle
Biomechanics of the gait cycle
Pathomechanics of the lower limb
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsClinical
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsCompletion of learning log book and attendance at all sessions )
A separate pass in this component is required to achieve an overall pass in this course
Other: (please specify)Orthotic device prescription and manufacture (during semester).
A separate pass in this component is required to achieve an overall pass in this course
Other: (please specify)Clinical exam
A separate pass in this component is required to achieve an overall pass in this course
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Practical: for 4 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Clinical: for 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentStudents must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Podiatry
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-First Aid Certificate
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-Criminal Record Check
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-Prohibited Employment Declaration
Compulsory Program ComponentPrior successful completion of HUBS1403, HUBS1404, PDTY2103, PDTY2101 & PDTY2102. National Police Check. Working with Children and Young People Declaration. WorkCover approved First Aid Certificate.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PDTY2204