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Gold Coast Session 2 Session 2

Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Builds on student’s knowledge of lower limb neurovascular disease and pathomechanics. Students learn about assessment and treatment of the at-risk foot including wound management. Includes engagement with case-based scenarios and placement experiences.

Unit content

Topic 1: Introduction to the high risk foot

  • Epidemiology of foot wounds and amputations
  • Socioeconomic burden
  • Impact on the health care system

Topic 2: Disease processes that leave the foot at risk

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Arthropathies
  • Neuropathies
  • Obesity

Topic 3: Assessment and risk stratification

  • Vascular assessment
  • Neurological assessment
  • Deformity and footwear assessment
  • Biomechanical assessment
  • Use of technology in assessment
  • Evidence-based guidelines

Topic 4: Wound care

  • Normal and abnormal wound healing
  • Classifying and describing wounds
  • Identifying and treating infection
  • Adjunct treatments
  • Dressings and wound care products
  • Offloading
  • Amputation
  • Wound prevention

Topic 5: Interprofessional skills

  • Patient education
  • Referral pathways in managing at-risk feet
  • Medical management
  • Surgical management
  • Allied health management
  • Multi-disciplinary team approach

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 assess foot complication risk in at-risk populations
3 assess the clinical presentation of the acute and chronic high-risk foot
4 apply practical skills to assess, prevent and treat the high-risk foot
5 safely and appropriately manage acute foot wounds and those in remission
6 demonstrate competence in a clinical multi-disciplinary high-risk foot setting

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. assess foot complication risk in at-risk populations
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  3. assess the clinical presentation of the acute and chronic high-risk foot
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  4. apply practical skills to assess, prevent and treat the high-risk foot
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  5. safely and appropriately manage acute foot wounds and those in remission
    • GA4:
  6. demonstrate competence in a clinical multi-disciplinary high-risk foot setting
    • 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.