School Of Health Sciences

Podiatry Pre-ClinicalWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 400933.4

Discipline: PODIATRY

Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 2

Credit Points: 10

Co ordinator
Zainab Al-Modhefer

Assumed Knowledge
Introduction to Podiatry, Anatomy, Communication skills and Biomechanics.

Incompatible Units
400133 - Podiatry Pre-clinical Studies

400905 Introduction to Podiatry AND 400871 Professional Health Competencies AND 400732 Communication in Health AND 401140 Biomechanics AND 401181 Pathomechanics and Podiatric Medicine

401180 Musculoskeletal Disorders and Imaging

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
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 in this unit undertake4 days of scheduled clinical activity. It is therefore essential students have the required clinical and academic knowledge scaffolded throughout content in course codes 4708 and 4709. Students must meet all inherent requirements for the podiatry course.

Teaching Periods

PeriodOffered  Campus  Contact
2020 2H  Yes  Campbelltown Campus - DAY  Zainab Al-Modhefer  Timetable.   Print Unit Outline*
2021 2H  Yes  Campbelltown Campus - DAY  Zainab Al-Modhefer  Timetable not available  

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About this Unit
This unit will prepare students for working with patients in the UniClinic and external placement through consolidation and application of podiatric theory and assessment skills first introduced in Year 1. This unit will emphasize UniClinic handbook procedures, and equip students with basic management, communication and correspondence skills. The unit will also apply student knowledge of functional anatomy, dermatological, vascular, neurological and biomechanical assessment techniques and management into the context of common podiatric conditions.

Special Requirements - Legislative Pre-requisites

Note: For Spring 2020 enrolment, the First Aid Special Requirement is not required due to COVID-19 restrictions on resuscitation training.

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
There is an essential student pack that should be purchased from the University Onestop link that will be provided to students at the start of semester. This student pack consists of - Safety goggles, tractograph, Neurotips, monofilaments, tape measure, surgical scissors, and Rocktape. This pack is mandatory for practicals. Podiatric Medicine student clinical uniform is also a requirement and need to be purchased separately.

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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