The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course will provide an introduction to surgical techniques, patient selection and management options and evaluation following surgery. The course will also address surgical selection, referral and informed consent; the skills and techniques for applying local anaesthesia; and surgical/theatre skills. In addition, the course will address nail surgery, the curettage of small lesions, biopsy techniques and postoperative management and follow up. Students will learn about a range of advanced surgical procedures and when and how to refer patients for surgical consultation.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Describe the techniques and principles of a variety of surgical procedures performed on the foot and ankle.

2. Describe indications, contraindications and risks of basic surgical procedures conducted by podiatrists.

3. Identify the medico-legal implications relevant to surgical procedures carried out by podiatrists.

4. Describe appropriate evidence based patient peri-operative management in podiatric surgery including critical appraisal of the relevant literature

5. Demonstrate understanding of podiatric surgery as it relates to the paediatric patient.

6. Demonstrate skills in assessment of the high risk foot and describe appropriate surgical and conservative therapies.

7. Demonstrate advanced professional behaviour including: infection control for surgery, working effectively in a clinical setting, ethical evidence based practice and communication.

8. Demsontrate skills and knowledge to describe and perform all aspects of nail surgery.


  1. Medico-legal requirements for surgery
  2. Biological safety
  3. Podiatric surgical procedures for the foot and ankle
  4. Peri-operative patient management and complications
  5. Paediatric surgery
  6. Assessment and management of the high risk foot
  7. Clinical skills in nail surgery

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 PDTY2204 and PDTY2205.

Assumed knowledge

Anatomy of the foot and ankle; Regional local anaesthesia; Orthotic prescription; Clinical pharmacology

Assessment items

In Term Test: Class Examination - Anatomy

Written Assignment: Written Assignment - Journal Article Review

In Term Test: Class Exam Mid-semester

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Professional Task: Clinic *

* 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.

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Professional Task: 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.

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 11 Weeks

One week of this course is a mid semester exam - this is currently listed as a lecture


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks