POD420 Clinical Podiatric Residency (16)

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.
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.


Year-long Period 1 (31)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: POD420. 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

Only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine 4414PD.

Not available to students who have successfully completed POD403.


POD306 and POD307 and POD308 and POD315 and POD317

Subject Relationships

POD403 replaced by POD420

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to independently assess a podiatry client at an 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 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 clients; and
  • be able to reflect on their own professional entry level practice to ensure they are practising in accordance with contemporary evidence and to the required professional standard for podiatrists.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Theoretical knowledge and clinical practice experience will inform the student's learning in the following areas:
  • Taking a client's medical and social history;
  • Conducting physical examinations;
  • Prescribing diagnostic testing;
  • Interpreting and diagnosing;
  • Developing a management plan;
  • Implementing a management plan;
  • Working safely and professionally;
  • Ethical practice;
  • Collaborative practice; and
  • Communicating preventative and educative strategies to clients, their carers and the broader community.

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 87.5 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Students undertake 96 hours of workplace learning in the university clinic as preparation for transition to 4th year. 4th year workplace learning is divided into four discrete blocks:
1. Internal placement: 2.5 days/week for 8 weeks in the on-campus clinic for community practice in a regional/rural setting (160 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 associated with workplace learning, particularly in relation to the external high risk and community placements.

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.