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


  • To take a comprehensive, skilful and in-depth health history from a patient
  • To provide biomechanical assessments for severe medical conditions
  • To review and interpret medical reports, including radiology results
  • To provide advanced clinical assessments and treatment plan for the lower limb
  • To take a three-dimensional foot and ankle model (casting and scanning) for complex cases
  • To apply skills in the manufacture of pedorthic appliances
  • To provide complex client treatment, and review progress and make appropriate adjustments to the treatment
  • Overall, to demonstrate a professional level of clinical skills


  • To safely and competently determine the limitations of pedorthic practice
  • To demonstrate advanced professional competence, attitudes and standards appropriate for practice
  • To competently determine the appropriate point for referral to other health care professionals
  • To demonstrate highly 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 pedorthic 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 2

  • 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

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Community/Professional placement 16 hrs (15 wks)
Reflective writingSR
Clinical SkillsSR
Case Study Presentation to PanelSR

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Fee information


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