The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This course provides an introduction to clinical skills commonly required in podiatry and the manufacture of foot orthoses. The clinical component includes sterilization and infection control, basic podiatric treatments, such as nail cutting and scalpel techniques. Students are introduced to common podiatric assessments including biomechanical assessment, clinical gait analysis and neurovascular assessments. The use of medical records including the legal obligations of podiatrists, making entries and writing referral letters is also covered. The orthoses component develops student understanding of orthotic therapy and the manufacture of basic orthotic devices.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate adherence to appropriate infection control procedures.

2. Take a basic patient history and conduct a podiatric physical examination.

3. Perform routine podiatric treatments and biomechanical, musculoskeletal and basic neurovascular assessments.

4. Apply padding and strapping to the foot and ankle.

5. Describe and demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour and communication.

6. Describe evidence based practice and how it can be applied to the clinical setting.

7. Describe the history of orthotic therapy.

8. Demonstrate and adhere to the OH and S requirement of an orthoses lab.

9. Satisfactorily perform the prescription and manufacture of simple insoles and cast orthoses.

10. Take accurate negative impression plaster casts


Clinical1. Infection control and sterilization.2. Clinical history taking and patient examination.3. Clinical skills including nail cutting, scalpel technique, padding and strapping, biomechanical assessments .Orthoses4. History of orthotic therapy.5. Negative casting.6. Materials, principles and manufacture of simple insoles and basic cast orthoses.7. Introduction to orthotic specifications.

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.

Pre-requisite - successful completion of PDTY1202, HUBS1108 and HUBS1404

Assumed knowledge

Musculoskeletal and functional anatomy of the lower limb.

Assessment items

In Term Test: Observed Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE)

Formal Examination: Formal Written Exam

Participation: Attendance and OH and S *

* 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: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course.
  • Laboratory: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course.
  • Practical: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course.

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Participation: 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.
  • WHS Requirement - Students must complete a Workplace Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. - Completion of orthotic lab induction which will occur in the first week of semester.

Contact hours



Face to Face Off Campus 40 hour(s) per Term Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks

Skills lab


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks

Orthoses lab