POD109 Introduction to Podiatric Medicine (8)

This subject introduces students to general health literacy and professional practice, including professional standards and legal and ethical frameworks, which inform podiatric practice. As communication between the client and practitioner are a significant aspect of health care practice, and form the basis of successful history taking, students will be introduced to verbal and non-verbal communication strategies which are culturally and socially appropriate. Students will reflect on their values, attitudes and their perceptions of others, as part of the process of learning about cultural humility, cultural responsiveness and working with Indigenous Australian peoples.
Students will also gain knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of common podiatric conditions and develop skills to identify, understand and manage a range of cutaneous pathologies important to podiatric practice.


Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: POD109. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Community Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine : Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine (Honours)


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe the practice of podiatry in the context of the broader health system
  • be able to explain how professional standards underpin their course of study and their future professional practice as a podiatrist
  • be able to explain how legislation and ethical considerations will impact on their course of study and inform their future and continuing practice as a podiatrist
  • be able to articulate the concept of cultural humility as a process of lifelong learning in relation to working with Indigenous Australian peoples
  • be able to communicate using the professional discourse of health and medicine, and adapt communication strategies as appropriate for the message and the audience
  • be able to describe the clinical presentation of a range of cutaneous conditions relevant to podiatric practice
  • be able to analyse the aetiology and pathophysiology of cutaneous pathology relevant to podiatric practice


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to podiatry - podiatry profession/professional standards (health law and ethics); reflective practice; evidence based medicine; skills for lifelong learning
  • Introduction to cultural competency - reflection on self and personal values; socially constructed views; cultural humility and cultural responsiveness; working with Indigenous Australian peoples
  • Communication in a clinical setting - verbal and non-verbal communication; SOAP notes/CSU clinical forms/MIMS
  • Cutaneous pathology for podiatric practice - Inflammatory and auto-immune skin conditions; disorders of sweating; infectious skin conditions; cutaneous neoplasia; skin signs in metabolic and endocrine disease/pigmentation disorders


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.