REHA 3029 Podiatric Practice 2

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 400930

Coordinator Zainab Al-Modhefer Opens in new window

Description This unit will further develop students assessment skills encouraging the student to make the appropriate selection of techniques (biomechanical assessments) and to introduce the student to the diagnosis and management of a variety of simple foot pathologies. In this unit, the second of the four clinical practice units, students will participate in assessments of patients under supervision and continue with the management of foot pathologies. Clinical activities will be divided into five areas: General Medicine Clinic, Biomechanical Assessment Clinical, Tutorial, Clinical Therapies and External Clinical Placement.

School Health Sciences

Discipline Podiatry

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject

Pre-requisite(s) REHA 3028

Equivalent Subjects LGYA 7043 - Podiatric Practice 2


Podiatry specific - students will be participating in patient assessment and management. It is essential that they have been able to demonstrate baseline competencies in patient assessment and infection control procedures. The podiatric practice subjects have been designed to be an integrated suite of subjects where one subject builds on the clinical competencies of the others.

Assumed Knowledge

Completion of all core subjects to this semester/ year of study.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. 1. Demonstrate skills in safe work practices including infection control and work health and safety in a clinical setting.
    2. Implement documentation skills, in accordance with the problem-oriented medical record (POMR)system, in a clinical setting.
    3. Demonstrate appropriate professional communication skills in a clinical setting including referrals, letter writing, goal orientated management plans and patient education.
    4. Apply theoretical knowledge of vascular, neurological and musculoskeletal systems to common foot pathologies in a clinical setting.
    5. Develop application of specialist diagnostic skills to identify pathology in the foot and lower extremity including vascular, neurological, biomechanical and gait assessment.
    6. Develop and formulate management plans necessary for the treatment of patients with common foot and lower extremity pathology.
    7. Describe and apply theories in the manufacture of custom made functional orthotic devices including neutral casting, positive cast manufacture, grinding and safety competencies.

Subject Content

This is the second of four clinical practice Subjects, the student will participate in patient assessment, diagnosis, and management. The activities will be divided into four areas:
(a) UniClinic
(b) Clinical Therapies
(c) Clinical Tutorial
(d) External Clinical Placement

(a)  UniClinic
In these clinics, the student will further develop patient assessment, diagnosis, management, and clinical reasoning skills. The UniClinic sessions will be delivered online, exploring different theoretical concepts and applications of these concepts to case studies  of patients who have basic foot conditions, problems associated with an existing medical condition, and mechanical/functional problems. Appropriate assessments and management strategies will be discussed and developed, as well as incorporating the concept of foot orthoses, their prescription and rationale of use for different types of cases exhibiting varied cases of different foot pathologies. 

(b) Clinical Therapies
This unit will continue to develop theoretical clinical therapies skills, focusing on the concepts of manufacture, clinical decision making and issues associated with casting and functional devices for patients. Students will engage in discussion of management and revisit the safety of working in an orthoses workshop.
Content will include:
Review of foot posture and foot function
Review of neutral casting and preparation of the positive cast
Discussion of positive casts
Cast evaluation
Discussion of the manufacture of clinical devices – intrinsic and extrinsic posting, shell grinding
Introduction to issuing and fitting orthotic devices
Prefab and off the shelf devices discussion and modifications 
Ethical and professional considerations with orthoses
Assessment of footwear – footwear type, footwear assessment, shoe fitting
Orthotic scripts
Translation of patient pathology and condition to orthotic script prescription 
Translation of biomechanical assessment results to orthotic script prescription 

(c) Clinical Tutorial
Most clinical information will be presented during these online sessions. Basic clinical skills and case presentation skills will be further practiced within the group.
Content includes:
Principles of new and review consultation
Rationale for assessment selection
Goal oriented management plans
Health outcome concepts
Education concepts and skills for general foot pathologies
Footwear education concepts and skills
Referral and response letter writing

(d) External Clinical Placement
There will be a placement for 5 days of clinical activities in an external clinical site.  The focus of this placement will be on developing assessment, diagnostic, management, and patient interaction skills in a real world clinical setting.

Special Requirements

Legislative pre-requisites

NOTE: Due to Covid Restrictions, the First Aid Requirement is currently not needed.

Special Requirements - NSW Health Legislative Prerequisites

Student Compliance Information for all Health-Related Placements

Prior to enrolling in this subject, students must have submitted a Student Undertaking Form and undertake to apply for a National Police Check, which is required to be submitted before placement, and a Working with Children Check Student Declaration. Use the link to the Special Requirements webpage below for more information.

To be eligible to enrol in this subject and complete any required health-related placements or experiences, students must meet Western Sydney University program requirements as well as any special, legislated, or policy-mandated requirements.

Western Program Requirements

Visit the Special Requirements webpage for details about your program.

Special Requirements

Mandatory NSW Health student placement policy requirements

To be able to undertake placement in any NSW Health facility you must be assessed as compliant with NSW Health student placement policy in the first year of your program, regardless of when you expect to go on your first placement. Access and read the NSW Student Compliance Information Booklet.

NSW Student Compliance Information Booklet

Please ensure that you

  1.  Find your existing National Police Check or apply for one
  2.  Gather documentary evidence of your vaccination history
  3.  Print and compete all relevant NSW Health forms relevant to the campus you are enrolled at or online enrolment requirements
  4.  Follow booklet instructions on how to have your compliance documents assessed by NSW health staff.

International students have additional requirements; the link to the booklet will inform you of these requirements.

School Requirements

Contact your School for further details regarding your School’s requirements, if any, such as

  • If you live outside of NSW or Australia and need to meet your state, territory or country’s compliance requirements
  • If you need to meet different state, territory or country compliance requirements.
  • NSW Working with Children Check (WWCC) or other state equivalent, valid for your entire program.
  • Current approved first aid certificate valid for your entire program - approved program providers can be found at the Government Training website
  • Other non-health related requirements.

Student Compliance Resources are also available on the Placements Hub web page (NSW students only)


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Case Study NA 20 N Individual
Final OSCE 20 minutes 50 Y Individual
Attendance On-going assessment on online uniclinic, lectures, tutorials (78 hours Pass/Fail Y Individual
Presentation 10 minutes 30 N Individual
Professional Placement Performance 5 days of supervised external clinical placement (37 hours S/U Y Individual

Teaching Periods

2nd Half



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