This course provides an evidence based introduction to specialist areas of podiatric practice. This includes a gerontology component introducing the student to the sub-specialty of care in the elderly and issues relating to successful case management which is a significant part of practice in podiatry.
Podopaediatrics covers pre and post natal growth and development of the child's foot and lower limb in detail. This component of the course provides comprehensive theoretical knowledge and experience in the assessment, diagnosis and management of a wide range of paediatric disorders affecting the lower limb.
- Semester 1 - 2015
1. Evaluate the impact of an ageing society on health care resources and policies.
2. Critically appraise current theories of aging including application of current knowledge of physiological principles.
3. Describe a wide range of pathologies which commonly occur in children and older people including aetiology, pathology, clinical features and evidence based management.
4. Describe pre and post natal growth and development of the child's foot and lower limb, recognise age-related gait changes and differentiate them from gait changes of orthopaedic or systemic pathologies.
5. Integrate an understanding of changes in pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and polypharmacy seen in paediatric and older people and the impact of age related changes on the prescription of drugs to these groups.
6. Practice competently and professionally in the clinical environment of paediatrics and gerontology demonstrating understanding of specific assessment and management issues relevant to these patient populations.
7. Choose appropriate strategies to accurately examine (physical, historical and psychosocial) children and older people.
8. Prepare appropriate records recognising the legal and podiatric implications of documentation of the paediatric patient.
9. Demonstrate skills in preparation and evaluation of goal-oriented, evidence based management strategies for a wide range of pathologies which commonly occur in children and older people.
10. Demonstrate skills in information retrieval and critical appraisal of literature.
11. Demonstrate the ability to work in a group setting.
- Introduction to gerontology
- Theories of ageing
- Issues in ageing and health
- Physiological and pathophysiological aspects of ageing
- Biomechanics, gait cycle and ageing
- Common age related medical problems and psychgeriatrics
- Pharmacology and the elderly
- Falls prevention
- Developmental milestones and ontogeny
- Clinical examination, case-management and medico-legal issues
- Congenital disorders
- Structural abnormalities
- Growing pains
- Paediatric radiology
- Paediatric pharmacology
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 PDTY2103, PDTY2204 and PDTY2205
Musculoskeletal anatomy, Pharmacology, Human physiology
In Term Test: Mid-Semester Exam
In Term Test: OSCE - Paediatrics and Gerontology *
Formal Examination: Final Exam
Log / Workbook: Log Book *
Participation: Attendance *
* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.
In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:
Course Assessment Requirements:
- In Term Test: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
- Log / Workbook: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
- Participation: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
- First Aid Certificate - students must complete a First Aid Certificate issued by an approved provider.
- National Police Certificate - Students must complete a National Police Check.
- NSW Health Verification Requirements - Students must complete NSW Health Department requirements for students to attend placements in NSW Health facilities.
- Prohibited Employment Declaration - Declaration that student is not a prohibited person in terms of the Child Protection (Prohibited Employment) Act 1998.
Face to Face Off Campus 48 hour(s) per 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 10 Weeks