POD315 Mental Health, Neurological and Vascular Medicine (8)

This subject extends the student's knowledge of vascular and neurological pathology as it relates to the practice of podiatry. The study of neurology comprises central nervous system disorders such as stroke, dementia and Parkinson's disease, and students will evaluate the physical, psychological and social impact of these conditions. Analysis of the impact of peripheral neurological and vascular pathology on lower limb structure and function, will focus attention on the impact of disease on a person's wellbeing and functional ability. The complex interrelationship between physical and mental health is explored in this subject and the misuse of alcohol and other drugs is also considered.

Subject Outlines
Current CSU students can view Subject Outlines for recent sessions. Please note that Subject Outlines and assessment tasks are updated each session.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: POD315. 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 and Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine (Honours)


Assumed Knowledge

A fundamental knowledge of neurological and vascular anatomy and physiology. Foundational skills in the neurological and vascular assessment of the lower limb.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to evaluate the aetiology, pathophysiology and clinical presentation of peripheral and central vascular pathology including arterial, venous, lymphatic and vasomotor conditions and how it impacts lower limb health
  • be able to evaluate the aetiology, pathophysiology and clinical presentation of a range of peripheral and central nervous system pathologies, including peripheral nerve damage, loss of sensory, motor and autonomic nerve function and how it impacts lower limb health
  • be able to prepare a treatment management plan in the medical, surgical and podiatric context for a range of common vascular and neurological pathologies
  • be able to analyse the complex interrelationship between physical and mental health in chronic illness
  • be able to evaluate the physical, emotional and social impact of mental illness and its implications for practice


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Vascular; Acute lower limb ischaemia
  • Vascular; Chronic lower limb ischaemia
  • Vascular; vasculitis, microangiopathy
  • Vascular; venous disease
  • Vascular; deep vein thrombosis, lymphatic disease
  • Degenerative neurological disease; stroke, dementia, Alzheimer's disease
  • Degenerative neurological disease; multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease
  • Neurology; complex regional pain syndrome; peripheral neuropathy; movement disorders of the lower limb
  • Neurology; review of neurology, neurological assessment and gait assessment. Acute neuromuscular weakness and nerve injuries in the lower limb
  • Neurology; spinal cord injury, cauda equina syndrome, entrapment neuropathy
  • Mental health in chronic illness
  • Alcohol and drug misuse


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.