POD112 Introduction to Podiatric Clinical Practice (8)

This subject enables students to develop a foundational knowledge of podiatric clinical practice. Students will be introduced to the concept of control of cross infection and the relevance of hand hygiene and instrument sterilisation. Students will have the opportunity to observe and to undertake initial patient assessment, in both simulated and real clinical settings. Students will also develop practical treatment skills to enable the basic management of common podiatric conditions. This subject provides students with the knowledge to differentiate between normal and abnormal clinical presentations of a range of common conditions including neurological, vascular, basic anatomical/orthopaedic, and dermatological conditions. Students will also build their knowledge of National Health Priority Areas (NHPAs) and their importance to podiatric practice.

Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: POD112. 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)



Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe the national health priorities and their relevance to podiatry practice
  • be able to differentiate normal from abnormal parameters in a range of common cutaneous pathology through description of aetiology, pathophysiology, clinical presentation and management
  • be able to assess neurological, vascular, musculoskeletal and cutaneous systems and accurately record findings in a clinical record, in a simulated setting
  • be able to perform routine skin and nail care without constant supervision, in a simulated setting
  • be able to develop a management plan for clients with routine podiatric presentations
  • be able to plan for sustainable practice in a clinical environment with due consideration of the practitioner, clients and other personnel
  • be able to describe ethical, sustainable and evidence based practice when justifying and communicating management options for non-complex podiatric presentations
  • be able to demonstrate appropriate methods for control of cross infection, instrument sterilisation and hand washing


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • National Health Priority Areas (4 weeks)
  • Theories of diagnosis
  • Ethical, safe and sustainable work practices (principles)
  • Principles of control of cross infection, instrument sterilisation and hand washing
  • Setting up a clinical space / podiatry equipment
  • Assessment - neurological; vascular; musculoskeletal; cutaneous
  • Assessment - joint range of motion (basic level)
  • Introduction to scalpel skills
  • Performing routine skin and nail care
  • Developing management plans
  • Consumables, padding and otoform
  • Introduction to wounds, wound care and wound dressings

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 5 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Students are required to complete 35 hours of clinical practice as a participant-observer in the Community Engagement and Wellness Centre (CEW), these hours are spent working with 4th year students for peer assisted learning.

Special Resources

Students will incur costs in association with clinical practice (purchase of clinic uniform and assessment equipment); the one week external workplace learning experience.


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.