Unit description

Builds on student’s knowledge of lower limb vascular and neurovascular disease. Students learn about the common and rare systemic and local pathology associated with management and treatment of the high risk foot.

Unit content

Topic 1: Introduction to the high risk foot

  • Epidemiology and economic consequences
  • Socioeconomic consequences
  • Impact on the health care system
  • Systemic diseases associated with the high risk foot.
    • Diabetes Mellitus
    • Arthropathies
    • Neurovascular Disease
    • Obesity

Topic 2: Podiatric assessment of the lower limb

  • Neurovascular assessment
  • Biomechanical assessment
  • Footwear considerations
  • Using technology to aid in clinical diagnosis
  • Secondary assessment pathways: referral systems

Topic 3: The clinical presentation of the high risk foot

  • Wound classification systems
  • Managing foot wounds
  • Wound care products
  • Managing chronic and complicated infections

Topic 4: High Risk Foot complications

  • Epidemiology and economic consequences
  • Socioeconomic considerations
  • Advanced wound care techniques

Topic 5: Interprofessional Skills

  • Patient Education
  • The importance of referral
  • Medical management
  • Surgical management
  • Allied health management

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 2

  • Frowen et al., 2010, Neale's Disorders of the Foot, 8th edn, Elsevier Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh; New York.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Workshop on-site 2 hours
Community/Professional placement 48 hours (Across the session)
Literature review40%
Reflective Response20%
Portfolio and Reflection40%

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

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