POD413 Professional Podiatric Practice (8)

This subject prepares students for the business of Podiatry as entry level practitioners, including medico-legal requirements for podiatric practice. Students will gain knowledge of business management to enable development of a business case for the establishment and/or development of a podiatry practice and/or podiatry service. Preparation of a business case will also allow students to focus on their transition to the workforce and reflect on their development of 'soft skills' such as communication, teamwork, adaptability, problem solving and conflict resolution, which are valued highly by prospective employers. Students will evaluate the professional standards, ethical principles and complaint notifications relevant to podiatry practice. This subject also has a focus on self-care and continuing professional development, to assist students in planning for their personal wellbeing and sustainable practice as a podiatrist.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: POD413. 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 4414PD; Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine (Honours) 4514PD

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply for admission to, and comply with legislative frameworks of, relevant governing and regulatory bodies who have oversight of podiatry practice;
  • be able to plan for continuing professional development to maintain professional currency, with particular reference to the Podiatry Association / Council / Board;
  • be able to prepare a business case for the establishment and/or development of a podiatry practice and/or a podiatry service;
  • be able to plan for their longevity in the profession by addressing professional development, managing stressors such as workload and professional isolation, and developing inter-professional relationships; and
  • be able to demonstrate reflection on personal and professional development as preparation for graduate entry podiatry practice.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Professional person - ethical practice; continuing professional development; mentoring; networking; politics of Podiatry; managing conflict;
  • Medico/legal issues in podiatry - ethical practice; professional legislation; Podiatry competency standards; Codes of Conduct; informed consent; medical records; quality assurance;
  • Creating a business case - establishing an opportunity; analysis of options; risk assessment; communication plan; employment contracts; implementation strategy; monitoring and evaluation; and
  • Professional practice - professional registration; indemnity insurance; Occupational Work Health and Safety legislation; sub-contracting; technology-supported medical records and government reporting requirements; Trade Practices Act; privacy legislation; work cover legislation.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of POD413 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 %
Online reflection on professional practice
Job application and interview
Business case

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.