School Of Health Sciences

The High Risk FootWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 401184.2

Discipline: PODIATRY

Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 4

Credit Points: 10

Assumed Knowledge
All core units are assumed knowledge - 400868 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1, 400869 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2, 300574 Neuroanatomy400981 Clinical Pharmacology, 400138 Pathophysiology 1

Incompatible Units
400941 - Podiatric Techniques 3C

401180 Musculoskeletal Disorders and Imaging AND 400933 Podiatry Pre-Clinical AND 400138 Pathophysiology 1

400929 Podiatric Practice 1

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Students must be enrolled in 4708 Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine and 4709 Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine (Honours). This unit builds on previous podiatry specific clinical and theory units

About this Unit
The unit builds on fundamentals of pathophysiology and podiatry specific units to understand and manage the impact of systemic disease on foot health. The unit specifically investigates pathology associated with the ‘high risk foot’ including lower extremity manifestations associated with vascular, endocrine, neurological pathology and immunosuppression. This unit aims to develop comprehensive, coherent and connected knowledge to assist making informed decisions and contribute to sustainable change and improvements in health care for people with systemic disease, with particularly emphasis on diabetes and wound management.

Special Requirements - Legislative Pre-requisites

Student Compliance Information for all Health-Related Placements

Students must meet Western Sydney University course requirements as well as any special, legislated, or policy-mandated requirements.

Western Course Requirements

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Special Requirements

Mandatory NSW Health student placement policy requirements

To be able to undertake placement in any NSW Health facility you must be assessed as compliant with NSW Health student placement policy in the first year of your course, regardless of when you expect to go on your first placement. Access and read the NSW Student Compliance Information Booklet.

NSW Student Compliance Information Booklet

Please ensure that you

1. Find your existing National Police Check or apply for one

2. Gather documentary evidence of your vaccination history

3. Print and compete all relevant NSW Health forms relevant to the campus you are enrolled at or online enrolment requirements

4. Follow booklet instructions on how to have your compliance documents assessed by NSW health staff.

International students have additional requirements: the link to the booklet will inform you of these requirements.

School Requirements

Contact your School for further details regarding your School’s requirements, if any, such as

  • If you live outside of NSW or Australia and need to meet your state, territory or country’s compliance requirements
  • If you need to meet different state, territory or country compliance requirements.
  • NSW Working with Children Check (WWCC) or other state equivalent, valid for your entire course.
  • Current approved first aid certificate valid for your entire course - approved course providers can be found at the Government Training website
  • Other non-health related requirements.

Student Compliance Resources are also available on the Placements Hub web page.


Special Requirements - Essential Equipment
Copy of neurological and vascular handbooks issued in podiatry preclinical.

4708.1Bachelor of Podiatric MedicineCONTINUING
4708.2Bachelor of Podiatric MedicineCURRENT
4709.1Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine (Honours)CONTINUING
4709.2Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine (Honours)CURRENT

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