POD204 Podiatry and Community Health Practice (8)

This subject will provide students with the opportunity to further develop their professional practice as a podiatry practitioner, within a real clinical setting. This subject will also enable students to explore the concept of cultural privilege and how this affects health care and health outcomes for Indigenous Australian peoples. Students will apply and refine skills in the areas of communication, assessment and management, with a particular focus on working with older people. This subject encourages examination of prevailing social attitudes about ageing and the impact these have on choices, opportunities and wellbeing of older people. The subject also introduces various aspects of age related health, biological and social changes and development, and allows students an opportunity to consider different ways of working with older people. Students will investigate elements of the Australian health system and services available to older people in the community, examining opportunities for partnership and health promotion work.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: POD204. 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; Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine (Honours) 


POD109 and POD112 and BMS172


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to contextualise the concept of cultural privilege and how this affects health care and health outcomes for Indigenous Australian peoples
  • be able to explain how ethics, values, power, language and socially constructed views inform practice within the health care professions
  • be able to utilise various concepts and theories relating to professional practice with older people
  • be able to analyse the complexity of issues facing older people in relation to health, wellbeing, choice and independence
  • be able to identify and develop opportunities for health-promotion in relation to practice with older people
  • be able to demonstrate safe and sustainable practices in a clinical environment with due consideration of the practitioner, clients and other personnel
  • be able to demonstrate ethical, sustainable and evidence based practices when justifying and communicating management options for both cutaneous and general podiatric presentations
  • be able to implement an appropriate management plan for routine podiatric and cutaneous presentations, and perform routine skin and nail care under the occasional guidance of a clinical educator


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Cultural and social considerations - values; attitudes and perceptions of others; compassion and empathy; cultural privilege; cultural safety
  • Professional podiatric practice and clinical engagement - ethical, safe and sustainable work practices
  • Gerontology - ageing well; physical and mental health issues for older people; ageism in the community and within healthcare systems; Australian health and aged care system; health policies; community services and support programs for older people; health promotion; reducing the risk of falls
  • Health care and health outcomes for Indigenous Australian peoples

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of POD204 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 %
Culture and healthcare
Ageing well
Clinical competence

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 13 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Students are required to complete clinical practice as a participant in the Community Engagement and Wellness Centre (CEW).

Special Resources

Students will incur costs in association with clinical practice (purchase of clinic uniform and assessment equipment) and the 5 day external workplace learning experience.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.