Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students are introduced to prosthetic and orthotic clinical practice through the examination of age-specific disabilities and diseases. Students learn about the clinical treatment process, from referral to provision of a prosthetic/orthotic device, through the exploration of age-specific diseases and disabilities. In doing so, students develop an understanding of a diverse range of pathologies and prosthetic/orthotic treatment options. This approach will enable students to compare the different management issues associated with treating paediatric or geriatric clients including: funding of prosthetics/orthotic services, communication styles, family involvement, duty of care, confidentiality, compliance, mobility aids & treatment processes.

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKerry Fisher

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites HBS1HBB and HLT1IPB

Co-requisites HBS2ALU

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Only available to students enrolled in Prosthetics and Orthotics (or prospective P&O grad entry master students).

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsPaediatric orthoticsRecommendedMorris, C 2007MACK KEITH PRESS, BLACKWELL PUBLISHING

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKerry Fisher

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
group oral presentation (five minutes per student)20
group project equivalent to 500 words per student30
one 2,000-word written assignment50