POD308 The Diabetic Foot and Chronic Wound Management (8)


This subject provides students with an understanding of diabetes mellitus and a thorough knowledge of the impact of diabetes on the person, the health care system and society.  A specific focus on the lower limb ensures that students can relate the wide-ranging effects of diabetes to foot health, from an individual to a global perspective. This subject also provides students with a theoretical knowledge of the assessment and management of chronic wounds. Combined knowledge of diabetes and wound care equips the students to work with high risk clients, to reduce morbidity and to prevent lower extremity amputations. The pharmacology of a range of relevant medicines will be addressed to enable students to evaluate the medical management of diabetes and the treatment of infection. This study of pharmacology and the use of prescription medicines, will also contribute to the student's knowledge and skill development as they work towards becoming competent prescribers.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalAlbury-Wodonga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: POD308
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:
One sesssionHD/FLSchool of Community Health

Assumed Knowledge

Students are expected to have foundational knowledge of diabetes, biomechanics and pharmacology.

Enrolment restrictions

Incompatible subject(s)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to evaluate the epidemiology, aetiology, pathophysiology, complications and management of diabetes mellitus;
  • be able to critically analyse the pathophysiology, diagnosis and management of a person with diabetes, in relation to thelower limb;
  • be able to justify the prescription and appropriate use of medicines in the management of diabetes;
  • be able to critically evaluate the aetiology, pathophysiology, complications and management practice and principles, for chronic wounds;
  • be able to appraise the interdisciplinary team approach to client care with respect to diabetes and wound management;
  • be able to analyse the physical, emotional and social impact of diabetes/chronic wounds on the client, carers, family and society.
  • be able to justify the prescription and appropriate use of antibiotics in podiatric practice.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • The diabetes pandemic
  • Concepts of the at risk foot
  • Vascular and dermatological complications of diabetes
  • Neurological and biomechanical complications of diabetes
  • Pharmacological management of diabetes
  • Principles of wound healing
  • Holistic assessment of wounds
  • Wound classification and types of wounds
  • Wound management
  • Principles of antibiotic prescribing
  • Antibiotic use in podiatric practice


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.