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Gold Coast Session 1 Session 1

Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Introduces students to lower limb vascular and neurovascular disease.  Students learn about the common and rare systemic and local pathology associated with management and treatment of the high risk foot.

Unit content

Topic 1:    Systemic diseases associated with the high risk foot

-          Diabetes Mellitus

-          Arthropathies

-          Neurovascular Disease

-          Obesity

Topic 2:    The normal and abnormal high risk foot

-          Prevention of complications

-          Socio-economic considerations

-          Education strategies

Topic 3:    High risk foot complications

-          Epidemiology and economic consequences

-          The importance of referral

Topic 4:    The clinical presentation of the high risk foot

-          Wound classification systems

-          Managing foot wounds

-          Wound care products

-          Chronic and complicated infections

Topic 5:    Podiatric assessment of the lower limb

-          Neurovascular assessment

-          Biomechanical assessment

-          Footwear considerations

-          Systemic comorbidities

-          Using technology to aid in clinical diagnoses

Topic 6:    Intervention options

-          ESWT

-          Ultrasonic and sharp debridement techniques

-          Surgery

Topic 7: Multi-disciplinary care

-          Medical management

-          Surgical management

-          Allied health management

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 Critically appraise the evidence pertaining to the assessment and management of the high risk foot
2 Differentiate between the normal and abnormal diabetic foot
3 Demonstrate an understanding of the clinical appearance of the acute and chronic high risk foot
4 Critique the specific approaches to assessment & management of lower limb ulceration
5 Demonstrate competence in a clinical multi-disciplinary high risk foot setting
6 Demonstrate safe and appropriate wound management techniques

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Critically appraise the evidence pertaining to the assessment and management of the high risk foot
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  2. Differentiate between the normal and abnormal diabetic foot
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the clinical appearance of the acute and chronic high risk foot
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  4. Critique the specific approaches to assessment & management of lower limb ulceration
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  5. Demonstrate competence in a clinical multi-disciplinary high risk foot setting
    • GA4:
  6. Demonstrate safe and appropriate wound management techniques
    • GA1:
    • GA4:

Prescribed texts

  • Frowen et al., 2010, Neale's Disorders of the Foot, 8th edn, Elsevier Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh; New York.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.