POD309 Advanced Clinical Podiatric Practice For Honours (8)

This subject extends on student's initial clinical experiences which were conducted with close supervision, to develop their clinical practice with a more consultative level of supervision, including direct instruction and supervision as appropriate, based on the complexity of the client. Students will be expected to be able to treat a range of cutaneous pathology independently, in the on campus clinic. Students will also have the opportunity to observe clinical practice in a private practice setting.
Students will apply their theoretical knowledge of biomechanical principles, pathophysiology, medicine, pharmacology and podiatric best clinical practice to inform their assessment of a range of clients. Students will consult with the Clinical Educator (CE) when formulating a diagnosis and developing and reviewing an appropriate client management plan. Throughout this subject, students will participate in tutorials to develop their understanding of sustainable practices in the manufacture of a range of orthomechanical devices.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: POD309. 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 Podiatry (Honours)



Incompatible Subjects

POD301, POD311

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to independently treat a range of cutaneous pathology for example nail pathology, corns and callus
  • be able to evaluate a client's medical and personal history to interpret assessment outcomes after performing a range of vascular, neurological and musculoskeletal assessment techniques
  • in consultation with a clinical educator, be able to apply assessment outcomes and current professional best practice to formulate a diagnosis and develop an appropriate client management plan
  • under supervision, be able to implement and review client management plans which may include: palliative treatment, orthomechanical intervention, client education, exercise programs and footwear prescription
  • under supervision, be able to appropriately prescribe, fabricate and modify a range of orthomechanical devices with attention to sustainable practice
  • be able to practice in a culturally and ethically appropriate manner, with compliance to all workplace and university safety standards


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Clinical: The student is transitioning from a limited scope of practice towards the diagnosis and management of a wider range of pathology. Students will continue to develop an ethos of critical thinking, safe and appropriate practice, and taking responsibility for case management. Students will be active participants in a clinical setting, with a focus on the assessment, diagnosis, and management of clients. Students will develop skills in the holistic interpretation of local and systemic factors. The skills and knowledge acquired in previous and concurrent theoretical studies (including diagnostic and therapeutic sciences) will be explored and applied in clinical practice. Students should be moving towards independent management of clients, with reducing dependence on the clinical educator.
  • Orthoses - types, prescription, issue and review the biomechanical principles and consultation and treatment flow chart
  • Clinical Case 1. Manufacture of a heel lift
  • Clinical Case 2. Manufacture of simple insole with met dome
  • Clinical Case 3. Manufacture of simple insole with deflection
  • Clinical Case 4. Manufacture of varus and valgus wedging
  • Clinical Case 5. Manufacture of orthotic modification
  • Clinical Case 6. Off the shelf devices modification
  • Clinical Case 7. Accommodative devices
  • Clinical Case 8 - Custom functional orthoses devices

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 17 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

The workplace learning will occur within the Community Engagement and Wellness Centre (CEW) on the Albury-Wodonga campus, under supervision of CSU clinical educators. This internal clinic will provide 96 hours of workplace learning. An additional 35 hours of workplace learning will be undertaken within a private practice setting. 

Special Resources

Students are likely to incur expenses associated with the external workplace learning experience.

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