School Of Health Sciences

Podiatric Clinical BlockWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 401117.3

Discipline: PODIATRY

Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 4

Credit Points: 20

Co ordinator
Stefania Penkala

Assumed Knowledge
Advanced clinical and theoretical podiatric knowledge is necessary to ensure that students in this unit can undertake appropriate assessment techniques to diagnose, treat and provide short and long term health outcomes. Students are expected to have sufficient knowledge and scope to evaluate and manage complex clinical cases in the areas of surgery, paediatrics, high risk foot and musculoskeletal disorders. Completion of all core units prior to undertaking Unit 401117 Podiatric Clinical Block will equip students will equip students with this assumed knowledge.

Equivalent Units
400928 - Podiatric Clinical Block

401114 Podiatric Practice 3 AND 401183 Podiatric Surgery

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Must be enrolled in 4708 Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine Podiatry specific - students will be participating in patient assessment and management. It is essential that they have been able to demonstrate competencies in patient assessment, documentation, treatment programs and communication within allied health / community settings. The podiatric practice units in combination with the clinical block placement have been designed to be an integrated suite of units where one unit builds on the clinical competencies of the others.

Teaching Periods

PeriodOffered  Campus  Contact
2020 2H  Yes  Campbelltown Campus - DAY  Stefania Penkala  Timetable.   Print Unit Outline*
2021 2H  Yes  Campbelltown Campus - DAY  Stefania Penkala  Timetable not available  

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About this Unit
This unit is the major clinical placement unit in the 4th year of the program. Students will participate in clinical activities in public and private sector placements. The unit builds on previous clinical and academic knowledge to further develop students’ clinical reasoning skills encouraging appropriate selection of assessment techniques to diagnose, treat and provide optimal health outcomes. Students under supervision will manage foot and lower limb pathologies across the scope of practice including treating diverse patient cohorts and complex cases (including the high risk foot) transitioning towards a competent graduate entry podiatrist.

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
Podiatric Medicine student uniform.

4708.1Bachelor of Podiatric MedicineCURRENT

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