Gold CoastSession 1Session 1

Unit description

Aims to build on previous experience in Clinical Placement I and to provide students with a 7 week full-time continued supervised clinical experience in the provision of pedorthic services to the general public. Within this supervised environment the student clinician will be responsible for case planning and management.

Unit content


  • To take a comprehensive, skilful and in-depth health history from a patient
  • To provide biomechanical assessments (sports, neurological and muscular impairment, skeletal deformities)
  • To review and interpret medical reports, including radiology results
  • To provide clinical assessments (including, but limited to, 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 clients
  • To apply skills in the manufacture and/or modification of pedorthic appliances
  • To provide client treatment, and review progress and make appropriate adjustments to the treatment
  • Overall, to demonstrate a developing level of clinical skills


  • To safely and competently 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 developed interpersonal skills, workplace professionalism and teamwork
  • To demonstrate professional, medico-legal and ethical principles pertaining to clinical practice
  • At all times to observe workplace health and safety regulations and infection control


  • To competently present oral and written case studies
  • To professionally communicate by written and oral means with clients, peers, staff and other health care professionals

Critical thinking

  • To critically review literature in pedorthics and related fields
  • To show evidence of critical reflection of approaches to practice

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

  • Baumgartner R, Möller M & Stinus H, 2016, Pedorthics: Foot disorders, foot orthoses, footwear, C. Maurer, Germany.
  • Postema, K, Schott, K-H, Janisse, D, & Rommers, GM, 2018, Pedorthic footwear; Assessment and treatment, 1, Foundation BERJALAN, Netherlands. ISBN: 978-90-818194-5-9.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


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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Commencing 2019 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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