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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Pre-requisites

PDT20004 - Lower Limb Assessment AND PDT20006 - Principles and Practice of Pedorthics II AND BIO00102 - Physiological Pathology II AND PDT30002 Lower Limb Medicine I AND PDT30001 Management and Treatment of the High Risk Foot

Unit aim

Provides students with supervised clinical experience in the general provision of pedorthic services to the general public. Students learn about professional issues such as ethical behaviour, communication, boundaries and referral. Within this supervised environment the student clinician will be responsible for case planning and management.

Unit content

1) Clinical

  • To take a comprehensive health history from a patient To provide biomechanical assessments (sports, neurological and muscular impairment, skeletal deformities)
  • To review medical reports, including radiology results To provide clinical assessments (range of motion checks, skin condition, muscular ability, hands-on manual examination) and treatment plan for the lower limb
  • To take a three-dimensional foot and ankle model (casting and scanning) for low risk clients
  • To gain skills in the manufacture and/or modification of pedorthic appliances
  • To critically review cases by peer and supervisor interaction
  • To provide client treatment, and review progress and make appropriate adjustments to the treatment
  • Overall, to demonstrate a foundational level of clinical skills

2) Professional

  • To safely determine the limitations of pedorthic practice
  • To demonstrate professional competence, attitudes and standards appropriate for practice
  • To competently determine the appropriate point for referral to other health care professionals
  • To demonstrate appropriate interpersonal skills, workplace professionalism and teamwork
  • To outline and apply medico-legal and ethical principles pertaining to clinical practice
  • To observe workplace health and safety regulations and infection control

3) Communication

  • To competently communicate by written and oral means with clients, peers, staff and other health care professionals 
  • To choose language and terminology appropriate to the situation

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 Demonstrate the skills required to work as a safe, competent pedorthic practitioner
2 Demonstrate case management skills - assessment, planning, therapeutic intervention and evaluation
3 Provide patient-centred pedorthic advice and appliances
4 Discuss professional boundaries of practice, including ethics
5 Competently communicate by written and oral means with clients, peers, staff and other health care professionals

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

  1. Demonstrate the skills required to work as a safe, competent pedorthic practitioner
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