Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will develop their understanding of indications for appropriate drug therapies. Authentic clinical cases and enquiry-based activities are used to develop the student's understanding of prescribing issues in commonly encountered conditions in the context of evidence-based practice. The pharmacokinectics, dynamics and prescription protocols for schedule 4 drugs of interest to the podiatrist are covered in detail. The adverse effects and potential complications of these drugs are also discussed.

SchoolSchool of Allied Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAdam Bird

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must have passed POD4PPC or equivalent. Must be enrolled in one of the following courses: HZLLPP, HZHPOD, HZHPDB,HZHPDS,HZHPDM,HZHPDW .Or admission in HMPOD, HMPODB. All other students require coordinator's approval.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Interpret and and critique the legal, registration and guideline requirements for endorsed podiatrist prescribing.

You should be able to recognize which medications endorsed podiatrists can prescribe and the legal requirements for each of these medications, to recognize the requirements of the Drugs Poisons Controlled Substances (DPCS) Act 1981 and Regulations 2006, The Health Professions Registration Act 2005 and The Podiatry Board of Australia Guidelines as they pertain to podiatrist prescribing, Source the major sources of evidence-based information about medicines, Undertake a medical and medication history, Write a legal prescription.

02. Integrate knowledge of the pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, uses and contraindications of medicines available to endorsed podiatrists.

To be aware of the signs of addiction, drug-drug interactions, identify possible adverse drug reactions and to integrate a patient's medical history, their presenting complaint and choice of prescribed medicines.

03. Justify and evaluate prescriptions of restricted medicines for a given patient

To know the mode of action, indications, contraindications, main adverse effects important drug interactions, dose forms and doses of topical and injectable corticosteroids, antibiotics, antifungals, antihistaminic agents, benzodiazepines, analgesics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2017, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAdam Bird

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours workshop other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours unscheduled online class other recurrence on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"20 hours of online case study tasks across the semester."

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"some lectures will be shorter."


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Case study quizzes (multiple choice and short answer) (equiv to 1600 words)35 01, 02, 03
one 2-hour written examination (equiv to 2000 words)45 01, 02, 03
one team presentation (7 minutes per person) (equiv to 900 words)20 01, 03