POD309 Advanced Clinical Podiatric Practice (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, 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.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2022.

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 Allied Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

This subject is restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine (Honours).


POD213 and ( BMS244 or POD246 )

Incompatible Subjects


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;
  • be able to in consultation with a clinical educator, apply assessment outcomes and current professional best practice to formulate a diagnosis and develop an appropriate client management plan;
  • be able to under supervision, implement and review client management plans which may include palliative treatment; orthomechanical intervention; client education; exercise programs; and footwear;
  • be able to under supervision, appropriately prescribe, fabricate and modify a range of orthomechanical devices with attention to sustainable practice;
  • be able to justify appropriate prescription, dosage calculation, clinical considerations, and sustainable use of medicines for the management of a range of podiatric conditions; and
  • 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, applying a range of theoretical concepts acquired from previous and concurrent subjects including diagnostic investigations, medicine, pharmacology, biomechanical and therapeutic sciences. Application of knowledge to clinical practice will enable students to move towards independent management of clients, with reducing dependence on the clinical educator;
  • Implementing biomechanics in practice: review biomechanical principles and consultation & treatment flow charts in order to effectively manage clients with a range of musculoskeletal pathology; assessment techniques including the use of a range of current digital and diagnostic devices available to podiatrists;
  • Orthoses manufacture: development of skills in manufacturing a range of custom and non-custom orthomechanical devices; ethical principles and sustainability issues relating to the prescription and manufacture of orthomechanical devices;
  • Theoretical application of principles for endorsement of scheduled medicines: appropriate clinical practice relevant to the safe and effective use of scheduled medicines, including: communication with the patient and members of the patient's healthcare team; quality use of medicines; adverse event reporting; prescription writing; supply of scheduled medicines; and antimicrobial stewardship; and
  • Pharmacology principles and clinical application relevant to podiatric practice: analgesic drugs; topical drugs; antifungal drugs; non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs; antibiotics and antibacterial agents; antihistamines; and benzodiazepines.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of POD309 in Session 1 2020. 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 %
Clinical placement
Case study
Pharmacology clinical portfolio

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 26 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

The 26 days of workplace learning noted equates to 131 hours. 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 workplace learning will be undertaken within an external private practice setting.

Special Resources

Students attending compulsory workplace learning placements are responsible for all associated travel, accommodation and required resources.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2022. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.