POD403 Clinical Podiatric Residency (16)


In this subject students gain experience in the theoretical and practical management of a broad range of clinical cases. This experience is facilitated through workplace learning in internal and external placement sites. Students are expected to work collaboratively with clinical educators to further develop their knowledge and skills in the areas of client assessment, diagnosis, clinical decision making and management planning. Using the principles of evidence-based practice, clinical reasoning and reflective practice, students will have the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills from foundational areas such as: anatomy; physiology; pathophysiology; medicine; pharmacology; surgery; biomechanics; gerontology; paediatrics; and general podiatric practice. Students will further develop their skills of reflective practice and will be required to review their own practice in light of the contemporary evidence base. Through this subject, students will be required to demonstrate the emergence of entry-level professional and clinical competence.

+ 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: POD403
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
Prerequisite(s)Incompatible subject(s)
POD306 and POD307 and POD308 and POD315 and POD317POD402 POD407 POD412

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to undertake professional practice which is culturally safe, holistic and which maintains personal and client integrity;
  • be able to demonstrate all of the competencies of an entry level podiatrist according to the Australian Podiatry Council Competency Standards for the Australian Podiatry Profession;
  • be able to demonstrate the ability to assess, plan, implement and evaluate care for clients with lower limb and related pathology;
  • be able to demonstrate independence in the assessment and management of clients with cutaneous pathology;
  • be able to demonstrate independence in the assessment and management of clients with mechanical/muscoloskeletal pathology;
  • be able to evaluate the interdependence of client assessment and management on a range of variables including: anatomy; physiology; pathophysiology; pathomechanics; medicine and comorbidities; pharmacology; surgery; psychosociocultural factors;
  • be able to generate and explore possible diagnoses;
  • be able to critically evaluate evidence based practice using clinical reasoning and reflective practice;
  • be able to negotiate therapeutic goals with clients;
  • be able to demonstrate collaborative and leadership skills to achieve optimal health outcomes for a client and to function effectively as part of a health care team.
  • be able to critically evaluate non-pharmacological treatment options suitable for treating clients and their condition;
  • be able to identify appropriate S2, S3 and S4 medicines options that can be incorporated into a client's treatment plan;
  • be able to work in partnership with the client and other health professionals to select medicines and to tailor and implement a treatment plan;
  • be able to provide information about medicines and the treatment plan to other health professionals involved in the client's care;
  • be able to obtain information to assess a client's response to treatment;
  • be able to demonstrate acceptable time management whilst maintaining safe and effective clinical practice standards;
  • be able to demonstrate an ability to utilise principles of reflective practice to address self-learning needs;
  • be able to provide a logical and coherent oral client presentation to a clinical educator, in order to evaluate assessment findings and justify a management plan.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • In this clinical subject, students are transitioning from a dependent to an independent practitioner with a full scope of podiatric practice. Students will consolidate their critical thinking and continue to develop ethical, safe and appropriate practice for a broad range of clients. Students will demonstrate ability in the management of clients with complex pathology/needs, in a holistic manner.
  • Skills and knowledge acquired in previous and concurrent theoretical studies will be applied in clinical practice. Students will be expected to demonstrate professional skills - including time management - consistent with an entry-level practitioner.
  • Students will practice in a range of clinical settings working collaboratively with clinical educators to manage a broad range of clients, including people at risk of lower limb ulceration and tissue loss.
  • Local anaesthesia and cutaneous surgery - students will gain practical experience of surgical techniques e.g. nail surgery; electrosurgery.
  • Medicines management - indications for prescription and monitoring of relevant S2, S3 and S4 medicines in relation to the Scheduled Medicines list for Podiatry.
  • The role of the multidisciplinary team in complex case management
  • Inter-professional practice - communication with colleagues; issues with team working; the role of the multidisciplinary team in complex case management; role of the podiatrist in multidisciplinary teams;
  • Health promotion - broad concepts of health promotion and preventative health care; health promotion in podiatry

Work Place Learning

This subject contains a Compulsory Workplace Learning component of 87.5 days duration. Students undertake 96 hours of workplace learning in the university clinic as preparation for transition to 4th year. 4th year workplace learning is divided into four discrete blocks:
1. Internal placement: 2.5 days/week for 8 weeks in the on-campus clinic for community practice in a regional/rural setting (160 hours).
2. External placement: 3 days/week for 8 weeks in an external high risk public health placement site. Normally this will be in Australia, but may occur at international sites e.g. UK; New Zealand (192 hours).
3. External placement: 3 days/week for 8 weeks in an external community public health placement site. Normally this will be in Australia, but may occur at international sites e.g. Vietnam; UK; New Zealand (192 hours).
4. Internal consolidation placement: 2.5 days/week for 6 weeks in the on-campus clinic, to enable students to consolidate their knowledge and skills prior to graduation (60 hours).

Specialised Resources

It is expected that students will incur additional expenses associated with workplace learning, particularly in relation to the external high risk and community placements.


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.