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2021 unit offering information will be available in November 2020

Unit description

Students undertake supervised clinical experience in the general provision of pedorthic services to the general public. Students learn about professional issues such as workplace health and safety, ethical behaviour, communication, boundaries and referral. Within this supervised environment the student clinician will be responsible for case planning and management.

Unit content

While on placement students, under supervision and guidance, will participate in learning experiences to develop foundational level clinical, professional and communication skills.  These experiences will include:

  • Taking health histories for low risk clients
  • Biomechanical assessments and reviewing medical reports, including radiology results
  • Clinical assessments
  • Treatment planning, implementation and progress review including appropriate adjustments to treatment (for the lower limb)
  • Three-dimensional foot and ankle model (casting and scanning) for low risk clients
  • Manufacture and/or modification of pedorthic appliances for low risk clients, this may include the design and construct the cast negatives and positives, orthoses and footwear
  • Reviewing cases by peer and supervisor interaction

In this context, workplace professionalism including teamwork; limitations of pedorthic practice and appropriate referral to other health care professionals; workplace health and safety regulations and infection control; and medico-legal and ethical principles pertaining to clinical practice will be explored. Integral to this, students will have the opportunity to communicate by written and oral means with clients, peers, staff and other health care professionals using language and terminology appropriate to the situation.

 

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 developing skills required to work as a safe, competent pedorthic practitionerEthical practiceKnowledge of a discipline
2demonstrate case management skills - assessment, planning, therapeutic intervention and evaluationIntellectual rigour
3provide person centred pedorthic advice and appliances at a beginning levelEthical practiceKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
4discuss professional boundaries of practice, including ethicsEthical practice
5communicate competently by written and oral means with clients, peers, staff, and other health care professionalsCommunication and social skillsCultural competence
6evaluate and critique the evidence for pedorthic practiceIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
7identify hazards and develop safe work procedures with the pedorthic environmentEthical practice

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

  1. demonstrate developing skills required to work as a safe, competent pedorthic practitioner
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. demonstrate case management skills - assessment, planning, therapeutic intervention and evaluation
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  3. provide person centred pedorthic advice and appliances at a beginning level
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  4. discuss professional boundaries of practice, including ethics
    • GA3: Ethical practice
  5. communicate competently by written and oral means with clients, peers, staff, and other health care professionals
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  6. evaluate and critique the evidence for pedorthic practice
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  7. identify hazards and develop safe work procedures with the pedorthic environment
    • GA3: Ethical practice

Teaching and assessment

Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2021 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

Fee paying courses
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International

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