POD315 Mental Health, Neurological and Vascular Medicine (8)

This subject has a focus on chronic disease relevant to podiatry practice, with specific attention given to a range of neurological and vascular pathology.  Students will explore the physiological, psychological and emotional impact of chronic disease on the person, their family and carers, and the broader community.  Analysis of the impact of neurological and vascular pathology will focus attention on a person's functional capability, extending the students' understanding of the complex inter-relationship between physical and mental health.  Knowledge developed through this subject will emphasise a holistic perspective on health and wellbeing, and inform students' practice with podiatry clients of all ages.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: POD315. 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 and Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine (Honours).

Assumed Knowledge

A fundamental knowledge of neurological and vascular anatomy and physiology. Foundational skills in the neurological and vascular assessment of the lower limb.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to evaluate the aetiology, pathophysiology and clinical presentation of peripheral and central vascular pathology including arterial, venous, lymphatic and vasomotor conditions and how it impacts lower limb health;
  • be able to evaluate the aetiology, pathophysiology and clinical presentation of a range of peripheral and central nervous system pathologies, including peripheral nerve damage, loss of sensory, motor and autonomic nerve function and how it impacts lower limb health;
  • be able to prepare a treatment management plan in the medical, surgical and podiatric context for a range of common vascular and neurological pathologies;
  • be able to analyse the complex interrelationship between physical and mental health in chronic illness; and
  • be able to evaluate the physical, emotional and social impact of mental illness and its implications for practice.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Mental health and mental illness - impact of anxiety and mood disorders on a person's functional capability; inter-relationship of physical and mental health in chronic disease; relevance of alcohol and drug use in chronic disease;
  • Neurological disease - degenerative neurological disease for example: stroke; dementia; multiple sclerosis; Parkinson's disease; and motor neurone disease. Neurological pathology affecting lower limb function for example: spinal cord injury; entrapment neuropathy; peripheral neuropathy; peripheral nerve injury; complex regional pain syndrome; movement disorders of the lower limb; and
  • Vascular disease - acute and chronic lower limb ischaemia; vasculitis and microangiopathy; venous disease; lymphatic disease.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of POD315 in Session 2 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 %
Health and wellbeing
Final exam

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.