POD308 The Diabetic Foot and Chronic Wound Management (8)

This subject provides students with theoretical knowledge of the assessment, management and prevention of chronic wounds in the podiatric context. Students will be introduced to key terminology that is used to facilitate the development and delivery of culturally safe health care to Indigenous Australian peoples. Analysis of current demographic and health statistics for Indigenous Australian peoples, with combined knowledge of diabetes and wound care, will equip students to work respectfully with high risk clients to reduce morbidity and to prevent lower extremity amputations. Students will further develop their pharmacological knowledge of a range of medicines relevant to the medical management of diabetes and the treatment of infection.

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

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: POD308. 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

Students are expected to have foundational knowledge of diabetes, biomechanics and pharmacology.


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply knowledge of the pathology of diabetes to identify patients at risk of diabetic complications in a podiatric setting
  • be able to apply specialised knowledge of diabetes and its impact and treatment implications for Indigenous Australian peoples
  • be able to demonstrate appropriate and culturally responsive communication when assessing and treating Indigenous Australian peoples
  • be able to correctly identify wound type using information gained from client medical history, client assessment, observation and diagnostic practices
  • be able to plan and implement correct wound management strategies, including infection prevention, in the context of short term interventions and longer term ongoing management to ensure safe and effective podiatry intervention
  • be able to apply knowledge of pharmacology and microbiology to identify and treat any wound infection


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Diabetes: introduction to diabetes, the diabetes pandemic, neurovascular, dermatological and biomechanical complications of diabetes, lower limb complications and concepts of the at risk foot
  • Working with Indigenous Australian peoples: diabetes in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations, culturally safe health care and culturally responsive communication
  • Wounds and wound care: types of wounds, holistic assessment of wounds, wound healing principles, wound infection
  • Medical management of diabetes: insulin and hypoglycaemic drugs, principles of antibiotic prescription and antibiotic use by podiatrists


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.