Unit description

Introduces students to the concepts of direct patient care and their role in managing patients in a clinical setting. Students are subsequently introduced the concept of reflexive care.

Unit content

Topic 1:    Infection control

-          SCU infection control policies for podiatry

-          Understanding NHMRC guidelines and implementation in podiatry practice

-          Aseptic techniques in general podiatry care

-          Sterilisation protocols

-          Medical waste transfer


Topic 2:    Workplace health and safety

-          Understanding SCU health clinic policy

-          Ergonomics in podiatry

-          Reporting injury

-          Duty of care


Topic 3:    Medical Records and clinical systems

-          Medico-legal considerations in documentation

-          Maintaining accurate records


Topic 4:    Communication and referral

-          Multi-disciplinary care

-          Communicating with health providers


Topic 5:    Privacy and Confidentiality

-          Understanding SCU health clinic policy

-          The Privacy Act

-          Freedom of Information Act

-          Rights and responsibilities of the provider and the patient

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Practical session 4 hrs/wk (12 wks (S1) 12 wks (S2))
Practical skills50%
Exam: practical50%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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Commencing 2015 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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