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RH5800 - Advanced Topics in Podiatric Practice

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

This subject will extend students' theoretical knowledge and clinical skills in relation to advanced decision making in complex situations in podiatric practice. The subject aims to equip students with the skills and expertise to address complex acute and chronic foot health issues and collaborate with other health professionals in a range of health settings to achieve the best podiatric outcomes for patients. A range of topics will be explored including assessment and management of high risk feet; foot diabetes; education and training of other health professionals in relation to the high risk foot; care and management of complex wounds of the foot; oedema and peripheral vascular disease risk assessment; lower limb biomechanical changes in diabetes; and the development of prevention and self-management programs for individuals and groups.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate advanced skills to independently manage increasingly complex chronic foot health issues at the individual client and group level;
  • demonstrate advanced skills in the assessment of oedema and peripheral vascular disease risk and apply specialised knowledge of the management of complex wounds of the foot and lower limb;
  • demonstrate a high level ability to collaborate with other health professionals and provide education and training regarding the assessment and management of at risk and high risk feet in order to optimise podiatry outcomes for patients and groups;
  • apply high level clinical skills to assess and manage lower limb biomechanical changes in diabetes.

Subject Assessment

  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (30%) - Individual
  • Written > Essay (including multi-draft) 1 - (40%) - Individual
  • Written > Case study analysis - (30%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Passing requirements: complete and submit all assessment items; achieve a cumulative score of at least 50% inclusive of any penalties applied.


Study Period 2, External
Census Date 24-Aug-2023
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Anne Jones
Lecturer: Ms Helen MacKenzie.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 20 hours online activity - Integrated online and work-based learning activities
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.