POD317 Local Anaesthesia and Surgery (8)

This subject introduces students to surgery and the clinical use of local anaesthetic agents and other relevant medicines. Students will study local anaesthetics in detail to ensure a comprehensive knowledge of these agents, as preparation for the practice of cutaneous surgery. Successful completion of this subject enables students to safely administer local anaesthetic drugs in topical and injectable forms. Students will develop foundational knowledge for the practice of cutaneous surgery, with a specific focus on nail surgery, electro-surgery and dry needling techniques.
The theory of surgery will also encompass podiatric surgery techniques for the correction of foot deformity and the use of surgery as prophylaxis e.g. in the diabetic foot. The ethical and medico-legal implications of surgery will underpin students' study, with a strong emphasis on client selection, surgical assessment and post-operative care. This subject will also address general surgical principles, reinforcing and expanding the students' understanding and practice of infection control and clinical protocols.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: POD317. 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)


POD213 and BMS263 and BMS255

Incompatible Subjects

POD303, POD312, POD313

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain the pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of a range of amide local anaesthetic agents
  • be able to justify and administer topical and injectable local anaesthetics for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes in podiatric practice
  • be able to evaluate the potential adverse effects, indications and contraindications for the use of local anaesthetic agents
  • be able to analyse the medico-legal and ethical issues associated with surgery
  • be able to evaluate pre, peri and post-operative management strategies
  • be able to demonstrate competence in infection control, universal precautions and clinical protocols relevant to surgery
  • be able to demonstrate competence in nail surgery procedures, and knowledge of podiatric surgery techniques for the alleviation of pain and correction of foot deformity e.g.1st ray surgery


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Local anaesthetic agents
  • Agents used in acute hypersensitivity.
  • Podiatric surgery: pre and peri-operative assessment
  • Podiatric surgery: ethics and medico-legal implications of surgery
  • Post-operative complications
  • Cutaneous surgery: nail surgery
  • Cutaneous surgery: electrosurgery, curettage, incisional surgery
  • Antibiotic use in podiatric surgery
  • Treatment for mycotic nail infections
  • Drugs used to treat mycotic infections
  • Anxiolytic drugs used in surgery
  • Antiemetic drugs
  • Case examples, including forefoot and rearfoot surgery

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of POD317 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 %
local anaesthesia competence
Local anaesthesia exam
Final exam

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 1.1 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Participation in local anaesthesia tutorials and practical sessions (1 day). Participation in an anatomy workshop for 'in vitro' nail surgery (1 hour).

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.