POD307 Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Pathology (8)

This subject provides an applied clinical context to a range of rheumatological and musculoskeletal conditions. Students will evaluate the role of the podiatrist in contributing to a client's health management plan, as a member of the broader interprofessional team.


Students will extend their knowledge of pain pathophysiology and will analyse a range of rheumatological and musculoskeletal pathologies. This subject will enable students to build on knowledge of client assessment and management, to consider the use of prescription and non-prescription drugs in musculoskeletal and rheumatology medicine. This subject contributes to the student's preparation for endorsement for scheduled medicines and progression towards competence in prescribing.

Availability

Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: POD307. 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

HD/FL

Duration

One session

School

School of Community Health

Assumed Knowledge

Foundational knowledge in physiology, pharmacology and biomechanics.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to evaluate pain as a presenting symptom and assess its impact on functional ability
  • be able to competently utilise digital formats for the presentation of information
  • be able to interpret the aetiology, diagnosis and prognosis as identified by a medical specialist, and their own clinical observations, of a range of rheumatological and musculoskeletal pathologies in order to develop evidence based, ethical management plans
  • be able to justify appropriate prescription and dosage calculation of medicines for the management of rheumatological and musculoskeletal conditions

Syllabus

This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Pain (review of pathophysiology; pain assessment in the differential diagnosis of musculoskeletal pathology)
  • Non-pharmacological pain management
  • Drugs used to treat pain (narcotic and non-narcotic analgesics)
  • Musculoskeletal pathology
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatological disease / Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis management
  • Drugs used to treat inflammation
  • Gout and other Inflammatory arthropathies
  • Disease modifying drugs
  • SLE / Fibromyalgia / Scleroderma / CREST

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of POD307 in Session 1 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Title
Value %
1
Weekly assessment tasks
10
2
Online cases
90

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.

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