POD413 Professional Podiatric Practice (8)

This subject prepares students for the business of Podiatry as entry level practitioners, including medico- legal requirements for podiatric practice. Students will gain knowledge of business management to enable development of a business plan for the establishment of a podiatric practice. Students will reflect on continuing development of their cultural capabilities and focus on their role as an advocate for Indigenous Australian podiatry clients. This subject also provides students with the skills to prepare an ongoing development plan for their professional development. Students will evaluate the professional standards, ethical principles and complaint notifications, with a perspective on maintaining personal wellbeing for continuing practice as a podiatrist.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: POD413. 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 Podiatric Medicine 4414PD; Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine (Honours) 4514PD

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply for admission to, and comply with legislative frameworks of, relevant governing and regulatory bodies who have oversight of podiatry practice
  • be able to plan for continuing professional development to maintain professional currency, with particular reference to the Podiatry Association / Council / Board
  • be able to design professional strategies that enable continued learning and development of cultural capabilities in health practice
  • be able to advocate for equitable health care for Indigenous Australian clients
  • be able to prepare a business plan for a podiatry practice with reference to basic principles of business management, registration, insurance, Occupational Work Health and Safety legislation, sub-contracting, technology-supported medical records, and government reporting requirements
  • be able to plan for their longevity in the profession by addressing professional development, managing stressors such as workload and professional isolation, and developing inter-professional relationships


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Professional person: ethical practice, ongoing professional development, mentoring, networking, politics of Podiatry, managing conflict
  • Cultural capability in healthcare practice; advocacy for Indigenous Australian peoples, access and equity
  • Medico/legal issues in podiatry: ethical practice, professional legislation, Podiatry competency standards, codes of conduct, informed consent, medical records, quality assurance
  • Business management: public sector - managing workloads, different practice models, funding for podiatry services; small business - taxation, employment law; sub-contractor - taxation, superannuation, insurances; information technology in health practice
  • Occupational Work Health and Safety legislation, Trade Practices Act, privacy legislation, work cover legislation

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of POD413 in Session 2 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
Value %
Online reflection on professional practice
Job application and interview
Business case

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.