Diabetes and Wound Management

Course code PDTY2205
Available in 2015
2015 Course Timetables


This course investigates the pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis, treatment and sequelae of diabetes mellitus and vascular disease with particular reference to wound care. The course will also cover assessment of patients with high risk conditions, developing treatment plans based on the assessment findings and high risk patient management.



  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Explain the physiological basis of clinical manifestations of diabetes mellitus across multiple organs and body systems.

2. Explain impaired carbohydrate metabolism and associated conditions

3. Explain the psychosocial and therapeutic issues in diabetes mellitus and PVD.

4. Perform a thorough clinical assessment of the high risk foot.

5. Develop appropriate multidisciplinary management plans for the high risk foot optimising patient health, mobility and independence.

6. Describe and develop effective health promotion and education strategies for the high risk foot.

7. Explain the physiological basis and principles of wound healing including clinical indications for and examples of generic wound dressings.

8. Describe in detail acute and chronic foot infections including microbial aetiology and effective management.

9. Describe the pharmacological agents used in the management of diabetes mellitus and the high risk foot.

10. Recommend appropriate diagnostic tests for the management of the high risk foot, interpret the significance of the results and take appropriate action.

11. Work effectively in group based and clinical settings.

12. Apply evidence based practice principles to the management of the high risk foot

13. Effectively and safely apply skills and knowledge in a clinical environment


  • Diabetology
  • Introduction
  • Acute and chronic complications
  • Psychosocial implications
  • Diabetes and the foot; complications, assessment and management
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Peripheral arterial disease
  • Venous insufficiency
  • Lymphatic disorders
  • Aetiology, pathophysiology, assessment and management
  • Wound management
  • Wound aetiology
  • Physiology of wound healing
  • Clinical assessment and management

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-requisites - successful completion of PDTY2101, PDTY2102 PDTY2103.

Assumed Knowledge

<ul> <li> Full body anatomy and physiology</li> <li> Clinical pharmacology</li> <li> Pedal neurovascular assessment</li> <li> Accommodative foot orthoses</li> <li> Clinical gait analysis</li></ul>

Assessment Items

In Term Test: Class Written Examination

In Term Test: OSCE

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorials

Professional Task: Internal Clinical Placement *

Formal Examination: Formal 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:

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

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Professional Task: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.

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 48 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks