The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This course is a clinical course with clinical treatment and advanced orthotic therapy components. The clinical treatment component is designed to extend students' non-surgical skills in a supervised context. Students will be required to assess, develop and implement treatment plans for low to medium risk clients. Emphasis is placed on working with geriatric patients and on further development and application of clinical assessment and case management skills using evidence based practice techniques and case based learning strategies. Students are introduced to all aspects of the clinical use of local anaesthesia. Advanced orthotic therapy introduces the student to more complex prescription requirements and to the manufacture and modification of technically demanding styles of orthoses. Students are exposed to the prescription of orthoses in the clinical setting and introduced to external lab-based manufacture of orthoses.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate advanced clinical skills and behaviour including; Professional ethics, Written and verbal communication, The integration of evidence based practice into clinical decision making processes, Infection control mechanisms, Working in a multidisciplinary setting as simulated by group work opportunities

2. Safely perform a podiatric assessment and correctly document the results including; Skin and nail assessment, Musculoskeletal assessment, Gait assessment, Neurological assessment, Vascular assessment

3. Select and correctly apply appropriate evidence based therapeutic and preventative interventions based on podiatric assessment findings, taking into account relevant indications and contra-indications, including: Orthotic therapy, Physical therapies, Exercise prescription and rehabilitation programs, Application of strapping and padding, Manual podiatric interventions, Pharmacological intervention.

4. Devise evidence based, goal orientated management plans for foot related problems accounting for the physical, social and emotional impacts of the presenting problem.

5. Safely determine and deliver the correct dosage of local anaesthesia for pain management in the foot, taking into account relevant indications and contra-indications.

6. Demonstrate skills in modification of positive casts and shell modifications

7. Successfully manufacture a pair of cast orthoses

8. Demonstrate ability in fitting of an orthotic device

9. Accurately complete external laboratory orthotic prescription forms

10. Integrate biomechanical theory with orthotic therapy to formulate effective and appropriate orthotic management strategies

11. Understand and adhere to the OH & S requirements of an orthoses lab

12. Demonstrate the ability to appropriately prescribe and fit pre-fabricated foot orthoses.



  • Local anaesthesia
  • Footwear and footwear fitting
  • Neurovascular assessments
  • Indications for accommodative devices
  • Biomechanical assessment
  • Case management; sports podiatry, neurology, rheumatology, diabetes

Advanced orthotic therapy

  • Cast modifications
  • Shell modifications
  • Inverted technique
  • Orthotic fitting/trouble shooting
  • Lab prescription forms
  • Accommodative techniques

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 HUBS1403, HUBS1404, PDTY2101, PDTY2102 and PDTY2103

Assumed knowledge

Basic orthotic therapy manufacturing and theoretical knowledge

Functional anatomy of the foot and ankle

Biomechanics of the gait cycle

Pathomechanics of the lower limb

Assessment items

Professional Task: Patient-based Clinical Exam

Project: Orthoses Manufacture

Quiz: Local Anaesthesia In-class examination *

In Term Test: Midsemester exam

Log / Workbook: Interanl Clinical placement log book

Professional Task: Professional behaviour *

* 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. - Students are required to attend all their scheduled clinical, skills and orthoses sessions to pass this course. Students not meeting the attendance requirements for all 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 sessions will be allowed unless accompanied by the appropriate Adverse Circumstance documentation.
  • Practical: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course.

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Professional Task: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must pass the professional behaviour assessment in each clinical session and demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour in all skills and orthoses labs in accordance with the Student Placement Policy. Students not meeting the professional behaviour requirements for all sessions will not meet the compulsory course component requirements for the assessment item and will be given a failed grade (FF) for the course.
  • Quiz: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Local Anaesthesia In-class examination

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • 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.
  • Prohibited Employment Declaration - Declaration that student is not a prohibited person in terms of the Child Protection (Prohibited Employment) Act 1998.

Contact hours



Face to Face Off Campus 8 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1


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


Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks