Advanced Podiatry Practice

Course code PDTY3202Units 20Level 3000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

This is a fulltime 8 week professional practice course in which students undertake complex management of podiatry cases in a supervised clinical context in the health system. This course will focus on high risk management, especially for patients with diabetes, but will also include limited experience in surgery and in managing complex conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.

Students will also undertake the planning and development of a research project addressing a need for evidence based practice within an aspect of the podiatry profession.

Available in 2015

OurimbahSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
Objectives1. Demonstrated consolidated skills in all aspects of assessment and management of the high risk foot
2. Develop and improve skills in communication and reflective practice within the clinical setting
3. Demonstrate an ability to work as an effective member of a multi?disciplinary health care team
4. Demonstrate an ability to provide sound clinical treatment across the scope of podiatry practice including podiatric minor surgery
5. Understand and implement evidence based practice into the clinical setting
5. Understand and appreciate the need to refer to other health professionals when required
7. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the nature of evidence based practice and its integration into the health care setting
8. Demonstrate an ability to retrieve, collate and analyse recent literature relevant to the podiatry profession
9. Demonstrate the ability to design a valid research project contributing to the development of evidence based practice within the podiatry profession
Content8 weeks of combined internal and external block clinical placement
Research project development
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeAdvanced podiatric clinical and theoretical knowledge
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsClinical
Self Directed Learning
Student Projects
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsResearch project development
Assesses objectives 7-9
Students are required to develop a research project that will contribute to the development of evidence based practice in the Podiatry profession.This assessment item is designed to assess student’s understanding of evidence based practice and research methods in the context of the Podiatry profession
Essays / Written AssignmentsReflective Journal
Assesses objective 2
Students are required to submit a reflective journal to be assessed for one of their external placements. This assessment item is designed to assess students ability to reflect on their professional practice which is vital to their role in Podiatry practice and ensuring life-long learning.
Other: (please specify)COMPULSORY COURSE COMPONENT-Clinical examination
Assesses objectives 1-7
This assessment item assesses student’s knowledge and understanding across the scope of Podiatry practice. This is a final clinical examination with students expected to perform to the level expected of a new graduate Podiatrist. Students who receive a mark of less than 50% for the exam will not meet the compulsory course component requirements for course and they will be will be given a fail grade (FF) for the course. One attempt at remediation for this assessment item will be provided.
Practicum/PlacementCOMPULSORY COURSE COMPONENT-Internal clinical placement assessment.
Assesses objectives 1-7
This assessment item provides the opportunity for students to consolidate skills in clinical Podiatry practice and assesses competence across the scope of Podiatry practice. This assessment item requires assessment throughout the placement in the areas of podiatry practice, attendance and professional behaviour therefore no opportunity for remediation for the clinical sessions will be allowed unless accompanied by the appropriate Adverse Circumstances documentation.
Practicum/PlacementCOMPULSORY COURSE COMPONENT-External clinical placement assessment
Assesses objectives 1-7
This assessment item provides the opportunity for students to consolidate skills in clinical Podiatry practice and assesses competence across the scope of Podiatry practice relevant to specific external clinical environments.
Only one attempt at remediation will be provided.
Contact HoursClinical: for 38 hour(s) per Week for 8 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentStudents must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Podiatry program.
This course includes a period of professional placement. The term professional placement includes all activities (clinical, fieldwork, industry placement, work experience) undertaken in a facility where patients or clients are seen and you are present as a student of the University of Newcastle. Placement is a compulsory course component of this course and placement must be passed to pass this course.

To attend placement and pass this course students will need to demonstrate that they have met the mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements.

International Students (additional requirements)

• Police Certificates from all previous countries of residence (translated into English and certified as a true copy)

All School of Health Sciences students have been made aware of these rules since enrolment into their Programs in year 1, and students have been provided with information and assistance to complete the necessary placement requirements. Any student excluded from placement because they are unable to demonstrate the above compulsory course components will not be able to pass this course and will be given a failed grade (FF) for the course. Any student not able to fulfill the requirements above, or who are unwilling to meet these requirements, is required to make an appointment with the course coordinator to discuss their progress in this course and their degree. No opportunities to vary placement will be provided to students unable to demonstrate the necessary placement requirements.
Compulsory Program ComponentPrior successful completion of PDTY3101, PDTY3102, PDTY3103 & PDTY3104.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PDTY3202