POD409 Clinical Podiatric Residency and Complex Cases for Honours (32)

This subject comprises the final series of clinical podiatry placements in which students consolidate their practical professional skills and demonstrate their ability to apply theoretical concepts to practical podiatric workplace situations. Students will reflect on their own clinical practice to demonstrate principles of life-long learning that are required for continuing professional development. 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. Clinical podiatry placements will be provided in both internal and external workplace environments. Students are expected to work collaboratively with clinical educators and other practitioners to further develop their knowledge and skills in the areas of client assessment, diagnosis, clinical decision making and management planning. On successful completion of this subject, students will demonstrate entry-level professional and podiatric clinical competence.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

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 (Honours)


POD307 and POD308 and POD315 and POD317

Incompatible Subjects

POD403, POD404

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to independently assess a podiatry client at entry level through their case history and appropriate physical examinations and tests
  • be able to analyse and interpret assessment findings at an entry level for podiatry, to establish a differential diagnosis
  • be able to develop a client focused podiatric management plan, with both short term and long term goals, in negotiation with the client
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of Indigenous Australian health and wellbeing through a culturally responsive podiatric management plan
  • be able to implement and monitor a podiatry client management plan, reviewing and revising as required
  • be able to communicate effectively to promote preventative and educative strategies with the client, their carers and the broader community
  • be able to work collaboratively with other health professionals to ensure the best health outcomes for their clients
  • be able to reflect on their own professional practice to ensure they are practising at entry level in accordance with contemporary evidence and to the required professional standard for podiatrists


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Client assessment and management - history taking; physical examination; prescribing diagnostic testing; interpretation and diagnosis
  • Collaborative management planning - development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation
  • Communicating preventative and educative strategies to clients, their carers and the broader community
  • Complex Case 1: Indigenous Australian health and wellbeing
  • Complex Case 2: Paediatrics
  • Ethical, safe and effective professional practice

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.