The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



20 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This is a 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, diabetes and the high risk foot.

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.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Consolidate comprehensive assessment skills to the high risk foot

2. Consolidate and improve skills in patient documentation and management plans for high risk clients

3. Develop and improve communication skills within the clinical setting to entry level standard

4. Demonstrate an ability to work as an effective member of a multi-disciplinary health care team

5. Demonstrate an ability to provide sound clinical treatment across the scope of podiatry practice including podiatric minor surgery

6. Understand and implement evidence based practice into the clinical setting

7. Understand and appreciate the need to refer to other health professionals when required

8. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the nature of evidence based practice and its integration into the health care setting

9. Demonstrate an ability to retrieve, collate and analyse recent literature relevant to the podiatry profession


6 weeks of external block clinical placement (undertaken as 2 weeks between 2nd and 3rd year and 4 weeks in second semester 3rd year

3 week internal block placement undertaken part-time

Research project development

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 11692 program. Students must have successfully completed HLSC1000, PUBH1080, HUBS2203, HUBS2505, PDTY2202, PDTY3101, PDTY3102, PDTY3103, PDTY3104.

Assumed knowledge

Advanced podiatric clinical and theoretical knowledge

Assessment items

Professional Task: External clinical placement assessment *

Professional Task: Internal clinical placement assessment

In Term Test: Clinical Exams *

Journal: Reflective Journal

* 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 internal and external placement requirements to pass this course. Students not meeting the attendance requirements for all sessions will not meet the compulsory course component requirements this course and will be given a failed grade (FF) for the course.This assessment item requires attendance to be assessed over the entire semester therefore no opportunity for remediation will be offered unless accompanied by the appropriate Adverse Circumstance documentation.

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 304 hour(s) per Term Full Term