OnlineSession 1N/A

Unit description

Presents advanced pharmacology and its relationship to podiatric disorders. Students learn about the requirements to become an endorsed prescriber with the Podiatry Board of Australia, using case-based learning.

Unit content

Overview of drug classes in podiatric prescribing

  • Regulatory framework
  • Classes available and their indications and contraindications in podiatric practice
  • Evidence-based approach to prescribing

Advanced pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics

  • Of podiatric drug classes
  • Polypharmacy and comorbidities

Pain management

  • Indications and contraindications in podiatric practice
  • Drug dependency

Managing podiatric infections

  • Clinical scenarios
  • Drug resistance

Medical management of adverse drug effects and interactions

  • The importance of case management and communication
  • Appropriate emergency protocols in the podiatry clinic

Medico-legal and regulatory requirements of podiatric prescribing

  • Registration standards following endorsement for scheduled medicines

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

  • Rang, HP, Dale, MM, Ritter, JM & Flower, RJ, 2007, Rang & Dale Pharmacology, 6th edn, Churchill Livingstone.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial online 2 hours (12 weeks)

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