Unit description

Introduces students to the concepts of orthotic and bracing therapy and their role in clinical practice. Students learn about the practice of orthotic and bracing therapy to optimise gait and mobility.

Unit content

Topic 1: The purpose of mechanical therapy
Topic 2: Ortho-mechanical and footwear options in practice
Topic 3: Common conditions requiring ortho-mechanical and bracing therapy
Topic 4: Casting methods
Topic 5: The role of lower limb immobilisation and compression bandaging
Topic 6: Managing patient expectations and orthotic revisions

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

  • Please note: this book may be available on loan through the SCU library: Valmassy, RL, 1996, Clinical biomechanics of the lower extremities, 1st edn, Mosby, St Louis. ISBN: 0801679869.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (6 weeks)
Laboratory session 2 hours (6 weeks)
Practical skills20%
Practical skills40%
Practical skills40%

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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