Unit description

Students are introduced to the podiatry profession in a clinical setting and the associated roles and responsibilities of patient care. 

Unit content

Topic 1: Practising within the SCU student clinic

  • Rights and responsibilities of student practitioners
  • Reflective ethical practice of podiatry

Topic 2: Application of legal and regulatory frameworks pertaining to infection control

  • International and Australian standards and guidelines
  • SCU Health Clinic policies in infection control
  • Applying these standards and guidelines to practice, including:
    • Aseptic techniques in podiatric practice
    • Sterilisation protocols
    • Environmental safety
    • Medical waste protocols

Topic 3: Workplace health and safety

  • Understanding Legal and regulatory frameworks
  • Understanding SCU Health Clinic and University policy
  • Ergonomics
  • Reporting Injury
  • Duty of Care

Topic 4: Privacy and Confidentiality

  • The Privacy Act
  • Freedom of Information Act
  • SCU Health Clinic policies
  • Rights and responsibilities of the provider and patient

Topic 5: Communication and referral

  • Communicating professionally with patients
  • Obtaining informed consent
  • Communicating professionally with other health care providers

Topic 6: Medical record keeping

  • Medico-legal considerations in documentation
  • Maintaining accurate records

Topic 7: Conducting a podiatry consultation

  • Physical Examination
  • Presenting a patient to a colleague

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
Lecture on-site 2 hours
Community/Professional placement 4 hrs/wk
Reflective writing25%
Reflective writing25%
Exam: practical50%
Clinical skillsSR

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Fee information


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