The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This course investigates the pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis, treatment and sequelae of diabetes mellitus and vascular disease with particular reference to wound care. The course will also cover assessment of patients with high risk conditions, developing treatment plans based on the assessment findings and high risk patient management.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Explain the physiological basis of clinical manifestations of diabetes mellitus across multiple organs and body systems.

2. Interpret and apply clinically the results of studies of disease prevalence, incidence and prognosis in relation to diabetes mellitus.

3. Explain the psychosocial and therapeutic issues in diabetes mellitus and PVD.

4. Perform a thorough clinical assessment of the high risk foot.

5. Develop appropriate multidisciplinary management plans for the high risk foot optimising patient health, mobility and independence.

6. Describe and develop effective health promotion and education strategies for the high risk foot.

7. Explain the physiological basis and principles of wound healing including clinical indications for and examples of generic wound dressings.

8. Describe in detail acute and chronic foot infections including microbial aetiology and effective management.

9. Describe the pharmacological agents used in the management of diabetes mellitus and the high risk foot.

10. Understand concepts of diagnostic accuracy, recommend appropriate diagnostic tests for the management of the high risk foot, interpret the significance of the results and take appropriate action.

11. Work effectively in group based and clinical settings.

12. Apply evidence based practice principles to the management of the high risk foot

13. Effectively and safely apply skills and knowledge in a clinical environment


  • Diabetology
  • Acute and chronic complications
  • Psychosocial implications
  • Diabetes and the foot; complications, assessment and management
  • Peripheral arterial disease
  • Venous insufficiency
  • Lymphatic disorders
  • Aetiology, pathophysiology, assessment and management
  • Wound aetiology
  • Physiology of wound healing
  • Clinical assessment and management

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-requisites - successful completion of PDTY2101, PDTY2102 PDTY2103.

Assumed knowledge

Full body anatomy and physiology

Clinical pharmacology

Pedal neurovascular assessment

Accommodative foot orthoses

Clinical gait analysis

Assessment items

In Term Test: Class Written Examination

In Term Test: OSCE

Professional Task: Attendance placement/ tutorial and professional behaviour *

Formal Examination: Formal Exam

* 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: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - Students must attend all their scheduled tutorial and clinical sessions for 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.
  • Tutorial: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions.

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • 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.
  • First Aid Certificate - students must complete a First Aid Certificate issued by an approved provider.

Contact hours



Face to Face Off Campus 24 hour(s) per Term Full 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 12 Weeks