POD416 Clinical Reasoning for Complex Podiatric Management (8)

This subject will explore current themes in podiatry practice with a focus on the complexity of client presentations. Students will be supported to further develop skills in clinical reasoning as preparation for independent practice. Students will integrate and apply knowledge to evaluate a series of complex case scenarios, enabling reflection on their learning and professional development. Contemporary issues relevant to this subject include: chronic disease; ageing well and health promotion; Indigenous Australian health and wellbeing; the management of paediatric clients; and the appropriate use of prescription and non-prescription medicines to facilitate integrated care. Case scenarios will focus on a range of commonly presenting pathology within podiatric practice and students will be expected to apply clinical reasoning in order to evaluate the needs of the client and their family/carers; justify an appropriate diagnosis; facilitate a culturally responsive management plan; and enable effective communication with all stakeholders to ensure culturally safe practice. Decision making relevant to each of the complex case scenarios will be informed by the students workplace learning experience during the course and the evidence base. Students will also be required to demonstrate reflection on their learning and its relevance to future clinical practice.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

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

Restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor Podiatric Medicine or the Bachelor Podiatric Medicine (Honours).


POD307 and POD308 and POD315

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply skills in clinical reasoning to evaluate a range of contemporary complex case scenarios relevant to podiatric practice;
  • be able to analyse indications and key issues associated with the appropriate use of prescription and non-prescription medications relevant to the case scenario;
  • be able to demonstrate a critical consciousness about Indigenous Australian health and wellbeing to inform culturally safe practice in podiatry; and
  • be able to reflect critically on personal learning and the application of this learning to future professional practice.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Clinical reasoning applied to complex podiatric management;
  • Contemporary issues in podiatry; chronic disease management; ageing well and health promotion; the management of paediatric clients; appropriate use of prescription and non-prescription medicines;
  • Indigenous Australian health and wellbeing; culturally safe practice; and
  • Reflective practice to inform continuing professional development and lifelong learning.

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.