POD307 Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Pathology (8)

This subject provides an applied clinical context to a range of rheumatological and musculoskeletal conditions. Students will evaluate the role of the podiatrist in contributing to a clients health management plan, as a member of the broader interprofessional team.

Students will extend their knowledge of pain pathophysiology and will analyse a range of rheumatological and musculoskeletal pathologies. This subject will enable students to build on knowledge of client assessment and management, to consider the use of prescription and non-prescription drugs in musculoskeletal and rheumatology medicine. This subject contributes to the student's preparation for endorsement for scheduled medicines and progression towards competence in prescribing.

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

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: POD307. 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

Assumed Knowledge

Foundational knowledge in physiology, pharmacology and biomechanics.


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to evaluate pain as a presenting symptom and assess its impact on functional ability
  • be able to competently utilise digital formats for the presentation of information
  • be able to interpret the aetiology, diagnosis and prognosis as identified by a medical specialist, and their own clinical observations, of a range of rheumatological and musculoskeletal pathologies in order to develop evidence based, ethical management plans
  • be able to justify appropriate prescription and dosage calculation of medicines for the management of rheumatological and musculoskeletal conditions


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Pain (review of pathophysiology; pain assessment in the differential diagnosis of musculoskeletal pathology)
  • Non-pharmacological pain management
  • Drugs used to treat pain (narcotic and non-narcotic analgesics)
  • Musculoskeletal pathology
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatological disease / Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis management
  • Drugs used to treat inflammation
  • Gout and other Inflammatory arthropathies
  • Disease modifying drugs
  • SLE / Fibromyalgia / Scleroderma / CREST


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.