POD306 Advanced Clinical Podiatric Practice (16)


This subject further develops skills and knowledge in podiatric clinical practice, with a focus on case management of a range of problems from a holistic perspective. Students will assess, diagnose and manage a range of clients. Students will be expected to present clinical cases and explain the underlying pathophysiology and their clinical reasoning with respect to assessment, diagnosis and management. While the focus is on biomechanical, musculoskeletal and cutaneous pathology, students will be expected to manage a wide range of clients and to integrate the knowledge gained from previous and concurrent subjects - particularly the medicine and pharmacology subjects -into their clinical practice.
Throughout this subject, students will continue to develop their professional skills including practice management, communication skills, and generic health professional skills. Students will develop and extend their skills and knowledge of the prescription, manufacture and modification of lower limb orthoses. Student learning will be facilitated through participation in clinical sessions, tutorials and on-line activities.

As a significant component of this subject, students will complete a minimum of 192 hours in the on-campus clinic and a minimum of 35 hours of external workplace learning. Students work initially under the direct supervision of clinical educators, but progress towards negotiated client management by the end of the subject.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalAlbury-Wodonga Campus
Session 2
InternalAlbury-Wodonga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: POD306
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
Two sessionsHD/FLSchool of Community Health

Enrolment restrictions

Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine and Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine (Honours)
Prerequisite(s)Incompatible subject(s)
POD213 and BMS244POD301 POD311

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to work independently to demonstrate competence in the holistic management of a range of cutaneous pathology e.g. nail pathology; corns and callus;
  • be able to demonstrate competence in the application of biomechanical concepts to evaluate cutaneous pathology;
  • be able to effectively and safely perform a range of vascular, neurological and musculoskeletal assessment techniques;
  • be able to evaluate outcomes from client assessment results to formulate diagnoses and identify key issues, with consideration of the client's medical and social history;
  • be able to develop and implement holistic management plans including: palliative treatment; orthomechanical intervention; client education; exercise programs; and footwear prescription;
  • be able to review and modify client management plans, in negotiation with the client and a clinical educator;
  • be able to appropriately prescribe, fabricate and modify a range of orthomechanical devices;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of evidence based practice in relation to client management;
  • be able to demonstrate the ability to utilise principles of reflective practice to address self-learning needs.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • The student is transitioning from a limited scope of practice towards the diagnosis and management of a wider range of pathology. Students will continue to develop an ethos of critical thinking, safe and appropriate practice, and taking responsibility for case management. Students will be active participants in a clinical setting, with a focus on the assessment, diagnosis and management of clients. Students will develop skills in the holistic interpretation of local and systemic factors. The skills and knowledge acquired in previous and concurrent subjects - including diagnostic and therapeutic sciences - will be applied in clinical practice. Students should be moving towards independent management of clients, with reducing dependence on the clinical educator.
  • The following topics will be further explored in this subject:,
  • Infection control procedures
  • Clinical problem solving
  • Principles of reflective practice
  • Principles of case management
  • Shoewear fitting/advice/evaluation
  • Systemic conditions and their impact on a client's health and management e.g. diabetes; cardiovascular disease
  • Client education
  • Referral of clients
  • Case conferencing and interprofessional practice
  • Effective and appropriate communication and record keeping strategies and procedures, including the selection of appropriate language and communication strategies
  • Ethical and medico-legal issues in podiatric practice
  • Prescription, fabrication, modification and dispensing of orthoses and adjunctive devices: students will practice techniques as required

Work Place Learning

This subject contains a Compulsory Workplace Learning component of 29 days duration. The workplace learning will occur within the Community Engagement and Wellness Centre (CEW) on the Albury-Wodonga campus, under supervision of CSU clinical educators. This internal clinic will provide 192 hours of workplace learning. An additional 35 hours workplace learning will be undertaken within an external public health or private practice setting.

Specialised Resources

Students are likely to incur costs associated with the external workplace learning experience.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.