POD407 Clinical Podiatric Residency & Complex Cases in Podiatric Practice for Honours (24)

In this subject students gain experience in the theoretical and practical management of a broad range of clinical cases. This experience is facilitated through workplace learning in internal and external placement sites. Students are expected to work collaboratively with clinical educators to further develop their knowledge and skills in the areas of client assessment, diagnosis, clinical decision making and management planning. Using the principles of evidence-based practice, clinical reasoning and reflective practice, students will have the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills from foundational areas such as: anatomy; physiology; pathophysiology; medicine; pharmacology; surgery; biomechanics; gerontology; paediatrics; and general podiatric practice. The study of a series of complex cases will facilitate the integration of a broad range of knowledge and will enable students to demonstrate their ability for critical evaluation and synthesis, through peer reviewed discussion and on-line presentations. Students will further develop their skills of reflective practice and will be required to review their own practice in light of the contemporary evidence base. Through this subject, students will be required to demonstrate the emergence of entry-level professional and clinical competence.

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: POD407. 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 Podiatry (Honours)


POD307 and POD308 and POD309 and POD315 and POD317

Incompatible Subjects

POD402, POD403, POD404, POD412

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to undertake professional practice which is culturally safe, holistic and which maintains personal and client integrity;
  • be able to demonstrate all of the competencies of an entry level podiatrist according to the Australian Podiatry Council Competency Standards for the Australian Podiatry Profession;
  • be able to demonstrate the ability to assess, plan, implement and evaluate care for clients with lower limb and related pathology;
  • be able to demonstrate independence in the assessment and management of clients with cutaneous pathology;
  • be able to demonstrate independence in the assessment and management of clients with mechanical/muscoloskeletal pathology;
  • be able to evaluate the interdependence of client assessment and management on a range of variables including: anatomy; physiology; pathophysiology; pathomechanics; medicine and comorbidities; pharmacology; surgery; psychosociocultural factors;
  • be able to generate and explore possible diagnoses;
  • be able to critically evaluate evidence based practice using clinical reasoning and reflective practice;
  • be able to negotiate therapeutic goals with clients;
  • be able to demonstrate collaborative and leadership skills to achieve optimal health outcomes for a client and to function effectively as part of a health care team.
  • be able to critically evaluate non-pharmacological treatment options suitable for treating clients and their condition;
  • be able to identify appropriate S2, S3 and S4 medicines options that can be incorporated into a client's treatment plan;
  • be able to work in partnership with the client and other health professionals to select medicines and to tailor and implement a treatment plan;
  • be able to provide information about medicines and the treatment plan to other health professionals involved in the client's care;
  • be able to obtain information to assess a client's response to treatment;
  • be able to demonstrate acceptable time management whilst maintaining safe and effective clinical practice standards;
  • be able to demonstrate an ability to utilise principles of reflective practice to address self-learning needs;
  • be able to provide a logical and coherent oral client presentation to a clinical educator, in order to evaluate assessment findings and justify a management plan.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • In this clinical subject, students are transitioning from a dependent to an independent practitioner with a full scope of podiatric practice. Students will consolidate their critical thinking and continue to develop ethical, safe and appropriate practice for a broad range of clients. Students will demonstrate ability in the management of clients with complex pathology/needs, in a holistic manner.
  • Skills and knowledge acquired in previous and concurrent theoretical studies will be applied in clinical practice. Students will be expected to demonstrate professional skills - including time management - consistent with an entry-level practitioner.
  • Students will practice in a range of clinical settings working collaboratively with clinical educators to manage a broad range of clients, including people at risk of lower limb ulceration and tissue loss.
  • Local anaesthesia and cutaneous surgery - students will gain practical experience of surgical techniques e.g. nail surgery; electrosurgery.
  • Complex case management - review theoretical principles underlying evidence-based practice, clinical reasoning and reflective practice.
  • Complex case management - integration of multiple variables which inform client management including: anatomy/physiology; pathophysiology; pathomechanics; medicine and co-morbidities; pharmacology and the use of prescription and non-prescription medicines; surgery; client specific issues (e.g. age, gender nutrition, recreational activities, psychosociocultural issues; environmental issues (e.g. availability of health resources/rural issues).
  • Medicines management - indications for prescription and monitoring of relevant S2, S3 and S4 medicines in relation to the Scheduled Medicines list for Podiatry.
  • The role of the multidisciplinary team in complex case management.

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 75.5 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Students undertake 96 hours of workplace learning in the on-campus clinic as preparation for transition to 4th year. 4th year workplace learning is divided into four discrete blocks:

1. Internal placement: 1 day/week for 8 weeks in the on-campus clinic for community practice in a regional/rural setting (64 hours).

2. External placement: 3 days/week for 8 weeks in an external high risk public health placement site. Normally this will be in Australia, but may occur at international sites e.g. UK; New Zealand (192 hours).

3. External placement: 3 days/week for 8 weeks in an external community public health placement site. Normally this will be in Australia, but may occur at international sites e.g. Vietnam; UK; New Zealand (192 hours).

4. Internal consolidation placement: 2.5 days/week for 6 weeks in the on-campus clinic, to enable students to consolidate their knowledge and skills prior to graduation (60 hours).

Special Resources

It is expected that students will incur additional expenses in association with workplace learning, in particular the external high risk and external community placements.


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.