School Of Health Sciences

Musculoskeletal Disorders and ImagingWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 401180.2

Discipline: PODIATRY

Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 2

Credit Points: 10

Co ordinator
Rebecca Gordon

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

Equivalent Units
400936 - Podiatric Techniques 1B

400905 Introduction to Podiatry AND 401181 Pathomechanics and Podiatric Medicine AND 400881 Functional Anatomy

400933 Podiatry Pre-Clinical

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
The unit is Podiatry specific and restricted only to students enrolled in courses 4708 Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine and 4709 Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine (Honours). The unit will be building on previous clinical skills. 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). Students must meet all inherent requirements for the podiatry course.

Teaching Periods

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

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About this Unit
This unit will introduce students to clinical and theoretical foundations of musculoskeletal disorders that can impact on the function of the lower extremity and reduce patient quality of life. Musculoskeletal disorders including rheumatic diseases, inflammatory arthropathies, connective tissue disorders, bone disease and tumours will be covered. Advanced assessment evaluation will be taught with a focus on diagnostic imaging techniques including ultrasound, X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging, computer tomography and bone scans. This will assist in the clinical diagnosis of disease processes that present in podiatric settings

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
Western Sydney University Podiatric Medicine UniClinic Uniform

4708.1Bachelor of Podiatric MedicineCURRENT
4709.1Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine (Honours)CURRENT

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