School Of Health Sciences

Podiatric Practice 1Western Sydney University Unit Code: 400929.4

Discipline: PODIATRY

Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 3

Credit Points: 10

Co ordinator
Jennifer Sonter

Assumed Knowledge
Completion of all core units to this semester/ year of study is assumed knowledge

Equivalent Units
400141 - Podiatry Practice 1

400933 Podiatry Pre-Clinical AND 401180 Musculoskeletal Disorders and Imaging

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
The Podiatric Practice units have been designed to be an integrated suite of units where one unit builds on the clinical competencies of the others. Students participate in patient assessment, diagnosis and management. It is essential that students have been able to demonstrate baseline competencies in theoretical content, patient management, infection control and safe work practices (i.e completed the preceding prerequisite units including Podiatry PreClinical). The unit is Podiatry specific and restricted only to students enrolled in 4708 Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine and 4709 Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine (Honours). Students must meet all inherent requirements for the podiatry course.

Teaching Periods

PeriodOffered  Campus  Contact
2021 1H  Yes  Campbelltown Campus - DAY  Jennifer Sonter  Timetable not available  

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About this Unit
This unit is the first of four podiatry clinical practice units. Building on previous core and podiatry specific theory units this unit introduces students to basic and general clinical skills, including history taking, patient communication, assessment, diagnosis, management and documentation in the clinical environment of common foot disorders under supervision. The student will also be introduced to basic skills in mechanical therapy as part of the clinical therapies component of the unit. Clinical activities will include UniClinic sessions, Clinical Therapies, Tutorials, and External Clinical Placement.

Special Requirements - Legislative Pre-requisites

To be eligible to enrol in a unit and attend a health-related placement in your course, students must meet Western Sydney University course requirements AND Special Legislative Requirements to be assessed in their first year of study against the following:

1. National Criminal History Check: Students must have a current (expiring 3 years from date of issue) check valid for their entire course. A valid National Criminal history check must be an Australia wide check, include the student's full name matching their Student ID card and date of birth and not have any offences listed. If a student has a criminal history identified on their check, they must provide a Clinical Placement Authority Card (CPAC) or conditional letter from the NSW HealthShare Employment Screening and Review Unit


International students must additionally have a translated International Police Check or statutory declaration.

2. A NSW Working with Children Check (WWCC) clearance letter issued under the category of volunteer valid for their entire course.

3. A current approved first aid certificate valid for their entire course, approved provider courses can be found at:


4. A completed vaccination/immunisation card with all serology results containing expiry dates and currency must be maintained by the student to ensure compliance for their entire course.

5. NSW Undertaking/Declaration form

6. Completed any additional health forms required (such as NSW Health Code of Conduct, Health Student Undertaking/Declaration and Tuberculosis (TB) Assessment Tool)

7. Relevant Local Health District specific documentation as requested.

Contact your School for further details. Resources are also available on the Placement Hub website:


Special Requirements - Essential Equipment
Podiatric Medicine UniClinic Uniform

4661.4Bachelor of Health Science/Master of Podiatric MedicineCONTINUING
4708.1Bachelor of Podiatric MedicineCURRENT
4709.1Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine (Honours)CURRENT

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