Unit description

Builds on student’s knowledge of lower limb neurovascular disease and pathomechanics. Students learn about assessment and treatment of the at-risk foot including wound management. Includes engagement with case-based scenarios and placement experiences.

Unit content

Topic 1: Introduction to the high risk foot

  • Epidemiology of foot wounds and amputations
  • Socioeconomic burden
  • Impact on the health care system

Topic 2: Disease processes that leave the foot at risk

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Arthropathies
  • Neuropathies
  • Obesity

Topic 3: Assessment and risk stratification

  • Vascular assessment
  • Neurological assessment
  • Deformity and footwear assessment
  • Biomechanical assessment
  • Use of technology in assessment
  • Evidence-based guidelines

Topic 4: Wound care

  • Normal and abnormal wound healing
  • Classifying and describing wounds
  • Identifying and treating infection
  • Adjunct treatments
  • Dressings and wound care products
  • Offloading
  • Amputation
  • Wound prevention

Topic 5: Interprofessional skills

  • Patient education
  • Referral pathways in managing at-risk feet
  • Medical management
  • Surgical management
  • Allied health management
  • Multi-disciplinary team approach

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 1.5 hours (12 weeks)
Workshop on-site 2 hours
Community/Professional placement 48 hours (Across the session)
Literature review40%
Exam: closed book40%

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

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