Podiatric Specialisations

Course code PDTY3104Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

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 childs 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.

Available in 2015

OurimbahSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
Objectives1.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.
ContentGerontology
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

Podopaediatrics
Developmental milestones and ontogeny
Clinical examination, case-management and medico-legal issues
Congenital disorders
Structural abnormalities
Growing pains
Paediatric radiology
Paediatric pharmacology
Replacing Course(s)HLSC3290 Research Methods in Health Sciences 10 CP
TransitionN/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeMusculoskeletal anatomy
Pharmacology
Human physiology
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsClinical
Lecture
Tutorial
Assessment Items
ClinicalSatisfactory completion clinical log book associated with this placement
Assesses objectives 3-11
ClinicalObserved Structured Clinical examination. This assessment item assess clinical skills and understanding and clinical application of theoretical content relating paediatric and geriatric patients in clinical Podiatry practice.
Assesses objectives 1-7, 9
Examination: ClassThis is a mid semester written examination consisting mainly of short answer questions pertaining to content that has been covered to this point in the semester.
Assesses objectives 1-5, 7
Examination: FormalThis as a multiple choice examination assessing all the content covered in this course.
Assesses objectives 1-5,7
Other: (please specify)Professional Behaviour- COMPULSORY COURSE COMPONENT
Assesses objective 6
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.
Other: (please specify)Attendance- COMPULSORY COURSE COMPONENT
Assesses objective 6
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.
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Clinical: for 48 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 10 weeks
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 ComponentCompulsory Program Component : Prior successful completion of PDTY2103, PDTY2204 & PDTY2205
Compulsory Course ComponentNSW Health Compliance Certificate
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PDTY3104