POD404 Complex Cases in Podiatric Practice (16)


The purpose of this subject is to enable students to demonstrate advanced skills in clinical reasoning, representing a consolidation of their knowledge and skills gained during the podiatry course. Students will be expected to apply principles of evidence based practice and reflective practice, to demonstrate critical evaluation of a series of complex cases. This study will draw on prior study including: anatomy and physiology; pathophysiology; pathomechanics; medicine; pharmacology; surgery; diagnostic investigations; indigenous health care; gerontology; paediatrics; mental health; and interprofessional practice. This subject will enable students to demonstrate their ability for critical evaluation and synthesis, through peer reviewed discussion and on-line presentations. Students will explore each case holistically, with consideration of client assessment, formulation of diagnoses and case management, using a problem-based approach to learning. 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. 

+ 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: POD404
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

Assumed Knowledge

Foundational knowledge in all areas relevant to advanced podiatric practice e.g. anatomy and physiology; pathophysiology; pathomechanics; medicine; pharmacology; surgery; indigenous health issues; gerontology; paediatrics; mental health; diagnostic investigations.

Enrolment restrictions

Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine
Incompatible subject(s)
POD407 POD411

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to discuss the concept of complex case management;
  • be able to critically evaluate the evidence base to inform clinical reasoning and decision making;
  • be able to critically evaluate the interdependance of multiple factors in relation to client assessment and management;
  • be able to critically analyse the complexity of co-existing pathology on the functional ability of the individual and subsequently on case management;
  • be able to critically evaluate the physical, emotional and psychosocial aspects of complex case management in relation to the person, their family and carers and to relevant health professionals;
  • be able to critically analyse the indications, prescription and monitoring of a range of S2, S3 and S4 medicines in complex case management;
  • be able to demonstrate reflection on practice in light of the contemporary evidence base.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Issues and concepts in complex case management
  • Review theoretical principles underlying evidence-based practice, clinical reasoning and reflective practice
  • Complex case management - integration of multiple variables which inform client management including: anatomy/physiology; pathophysiology; pathomechanics; medicine and co-morbidities; pharmacology and the use of prescription and non-prescription medicines; surgery; client specific issues (e.g. age, gender nutrition, recreational activities, psychosociocultural issues; environmental issues (e.g. availability of health resources/rural issues)
  • Interprofessional practice in complex case management


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.