POD404 Complex Cases in Podiatric Practice (16)

This subject will support students to develop advanced skills in clinical reasoning, through the application of knowledge gained during the podiatry course. Students will be provided with a range of complex case studies and one of these will focus specifically on Indigenous Australian health and wellbeing. The case studies will comprise client medical and social history, cultural context, clinical assessment findings and relevant diagnostic investigations, which students will evaluate to formulate a diagnosis and develop a rationale for a culturally responsive podiatry management plan. The series of complex cases will provide students with experience of short and longer term management planning, including: relevant communication strategies for any family, carers and other health practitioners; pharmaceutical considerations; and appropriate referrals to other health professionals. Students will further develop skills in justifying management plans with reference to their own clinical experience, course materials and professional and academic literature. Students will also be required to propose appropriate monitoring and assessment strategies for treatment planning and to reflect on their own professional practice and learning.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: POD404. 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



Two sessions


School of Community Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine 4414PD


POD307 and POD308 and POD315 and POD405


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to formulate a diagnosis informed by client history, clinical assessments and diagnostic investigations
  • be able to justify both a short term and longer term podiatry management plan with reference to clinical experience, course materials and professional and academic literature
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of Indigenous Australian health and wellbeing through a culturally responsive podiatric management plan
  • be able to plan a communication strategy for any family, carers and other health practitioners, relevant to the client's management plan
  • be able to analyse the indications for, and prescription and monitoring of, a range of medicines in the context of complex case management
  • be able to demonstrate reflective practice in relation to management planning and their own professional practice and learning


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Complex Case 1: Diabetes
  • Complex Case 2: Indigenous Australian health and wellbeing
  • Complex Case 3: Paediatrics
  • Complex Case 4: Cardiovascular disease


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.