Provides students with a seven week full-time supervised clinical experience in the general provision of pedorthic services to the general public. Students learn about professional issues such as ethical behaviour, communication, boundaries and referral. Within this supervised environment the student clinician will be responsible for case planning and management.
While on placement it is expected that students will participate and gain skills in the following areas:
- To take a comprehensive health history from a patient
- To provide biomechanical assessments (sports, neurological and muscular impairment, skeletal deformities)
- To review medical reports, including radiology results
- To provide clinical assessments (range of motion checks, skin condition, muscular ability, hands-on manual examination) and treatment plan for the lower limb
- To take a three-dimensional foot and ankle model (casting and scanning) for low risk clients
- To gain skills in the manufacture and/or modification of pedorthic appliances
- To critically review cases by peer and supervisor interaction
- To provide client treatment, and review progress and make appropriate adjustments to the treatment
- Overall, to demonstrate a foundational level of clinical skills
- To safely determine the limitations of pedorthic practice
- To demonstrate professional competence, attitudes and standards appropriate for practice
- To competently determine the appropriate point for referral to other health care professionals
- To demonstrate appropriate interpersonal skills, workplace professionalism and teamwork
- To outline and apply medico-legal and ethical principles pertaining to clinical practice
- To observe workplace health and safety regulations and infection control
- To competently communicate by written and oral means with clients, peers, staff and other health care professionals
- To choose language and terminology appropriate to the situation
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
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||demonstrate developing skills required to work as a safe, competent pedorthic practitioner||Ethical practice||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||demonstrate case management skills - assessment, planning, therapeutic intervention and evaluation||Intellectual rigour|
|3||provide person-centred pedorthic advice and appliances at a beginning level||Ethical practice||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||discuss professional boundaries of practice, including ethics||Ethical practice|
|5||communicate competently by written and oral means with clients, peers, staff and other health care professionals||Communication and social skills|
- Alexander I, 1990, The foot: examination and diagnosis, Churchill Livingstone.
- Baumgartner, R., Moller, M., & Stinus, H, 2016, Pedorthics: Foot disorders, foot orthoses, footwear, C. Maurer, Germany.
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
For information regarding Student Contribution Amounts please visit the Student Contribution Amounts.
Commencing 2017 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2
Please check the international course and fee list to determine the relevant fees.