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Gold CoastSession 2Session 2

Unit description

Builds on previous experience and provides students with continued supervised clinical experience in the highly specialised provision of pedorthic services to the general public. Student clinicians will be responsible for advanced case planning and management within this supervised environment.

Unit content

Students will be involved in providing pedorthic assessment and treatment involving custom made orthoses and footwear for high risk cases, including clients with diabetes related and neuropathic foot complications. Students will be exposed to clients demonstrating a level of complexity and lower limb deformity that require complex custom-made footwear with orthotic elements . There is a strong emphasis on evidence based practice.

While on placement students will participate in learning experiences, under low level of supervision and guidance, to develop high level clinical, professional and communication skills. These experiences will include, for clients with increased complexity or at high risk of foot complications:

• conducting initial client interview to obtain health and pedorthic history

• performing and interpreting clinical assessments for the lower limb (including, vascular, neurological, dermatological, biomechanical, and gait assessments)

• conducting and interpreting plantar pressure assessment with consideration of established guidelines

• planning and implementing evidence based pedorthic intervention

• reviewing, evaluating and modifying pedorthic intervention

• reviewing medical reports, including radiology results

• obtaining three-dimensional foot and ankle models (casting and scanning)

• manufacturing pedorthic appliances including designing and constructing the cast negatives and positives, orthoses and complete footwear

• conducting trial and final fittings, compare outcomes against planned outcomes, accounting for variations

• providing client / user focused education for the use, care and follow up of any fitted appliance or pedorthic intervention

• participating in professional dialogue and case discussions with colleagues

• practicing and communicating as a member of an interprofessional health care team

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1demonstrate advanced skills in working as a safe, competent pedorthic practitionerEthical practiceKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
2demonstrate a professional level of case management skills consistent with a beginning pedorthic practitionerIntellectual rigour
3provide person-centred pedorthic advice and appliances for complex and high risk casesEthical practiceKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
4display high standards of professional and ethical conductEthical practice
5communicate competently and professionally, and present a case study consistent with the requirements of a beginning pedorthic practitionerIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skillsCultural competence
6critically review pedorthic practice.Intellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate advanced skills in working as a safe, competent pedorthic practitioner
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  2. demonstrate a professional level of case management skills consistent with a beginning pedorthic practitioner
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  3. provide person-centred pedorthic advice and appliances for complex and high risk cases
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  4. display high standards of professional and ethical conduct
    • GA3: Ethical practice
  5. communicate competently and professionally, and present a case study consistent with the requirements of a beginning pedorthic practitioner
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  6. critically review pedorthic practice.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning

Prescribed texts

  • 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, 1st edn, Foundation BERJALAN, Netherlands. ISBN: 978-90-818194-5-9.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Community/Professional placement 16 hrs (15 wks)
Assessment
Literature reviewSR
PosterSR
Case studySR
PresentationSR
Clinical skillsSR
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Fee information

Domestic

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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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International

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