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;

Clinical
1.Demonstrate advanced clinical skills and behaviour including;
Professional ethics and conduct including attendance
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)
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.
ContentClinical
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
TransitionN/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
Lecture
Practical
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassMid-semester examination
Assesses objectives 1-6,8,10-12.
This in-class examination is a written examination done during these semester covering content covered to that point in the semester,. The purpose of this examination is to provide formative feedback to students on their progress in this course.Remediation for this item will only be offered if accompanied by a successful application for consideration of Adverse Circumstances.
Examination: ClassCOMPULSORY COURSE COMPONENT- Local Anaesthesia In-class examination
Assesses objective 5.
This assessment item assesses objective assesses the student's knowledge about safe administration of local anaesthetic. This knowledge is essential to being able to safely administer local anaesthetic in the clinical environment. This knowledge must be demonstrated prior to learning clinical skills in local anaesthetic administration.The examination consists of short answer questions about administration of local anaesthesia and calculation of maximum safe dosages.
One attempt at remediation for this assessment item will be provided.
Other: (please specify)Orthoses manufacture
Assesses objectives 6-12.
This assessment item assesses orthoses made by students during the semester and their knowledge of the theoretical and practical aspects of orthoses prescription, manufacture and issuing and their critical appraisal skills. These knowledge and skills in orthotic therapy are essential to being able to successfully treat pathologies of the lower limb and foot and are required to safely and effectively undertake external and internal placements in the third year of the program.
Remediation for this item will only be offered if accompanied by a successful application for consideration of Adverse Circumstances.
Other: (please specify)Patient based clinical examination
Assesses objectives 1-6, 8-10 and 12.
The clinical patient-based examination assessing a student's ability to safely perform in the clinical environment and perform podiatric assessment, treatment and management which are vital components of podiatry practice. This knowledge and these clinical skills are essential being able to undertake external clinical placement and more advance podiatric practice in the third year of the program.
Remediation for this item will only be offered if accompanied by a successful application for consideration of Adverse Circumstances.
Other: (please specify)COMPULSORY COURSE COMPONENT-Attendance
Assesses objective 1.
Students are expected to meet the attendance requirements for clinical sessions. Students not meeting the attendance requirements for clinical 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 for the clinical sessions will be allowed unless accompanied by the appropriate Adverse Circumstance documentation.
Other: (please specify)COMPULSORY COURSE COMPONENT-Professional Behaviour
Assesses objective 1.
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 in regard to all aspects of clinical practice. This assessment ensures students have appropriate knowledge and skills to behave in a professional and ethical manner on subsequent internal and external placement. Students not meeting the professional behaviour requirements for all clinical 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 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.
Practicum/PlacementCOMPULSORY COURSE COMPONENT- Internal Clinical Placement Competency Log Book
This is a log book of essential clinical competencies in which students are required to demonstrate proficiency by the end of this course. These clinical skills are essential to perform safely and effectively on subsequent internal and external clinical placements. As competencies are required to be demonstrated on several occasions in different clinical environments and, opportunities for completion of these will be offered throughout the semester, remediation for unsatisfactory completion of any compulsory alternative assessment item will only be provided if accompanied by a successful application for consideration of Adverse Circumstances.
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 program.
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
Compulsory Program ComponentPrior successful completion of HUBS1403, HUBS1404, PDTY2103, PDTY2101 & PDTY2102.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PDTY2204