Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject prepares students for clinical practice in dealing with patients who present with medical conditions such as diabetes mellitus, and various disorders that affect circulation and sensation to the lower limb and foot and places them at increased risk of complications. Through exploration of the pathophysiological processes involved in development of the clinical complications, including chronic ulceration, serious infection and lower limb amputation, caused by altered vascular, neurological and/or mechanical status, students will gain skill in applying knowledge and evidence to clinical cases. Management of wounds that often occur in these high-risk feet is emphasised. In this subject, students will engage with online resources, published journal articles, case studies and face-to-face workshops to acquire skills and knowledge of the high-risk foot.

SchoolAllied Health, Human Services & Sport

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAnita Raspovic

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must have passed all subjects from (HBS2PAT, POD4PAM, POD4PPC). Must be admitted in one of the following courses: HZHPOD, HZHPDB, HZHPDM, HZHPDS, HZHPDW - Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Podiatric Practice, or HZLLPP, Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Podiatric Practice. Or admission in HMPOD, HMPODB - Master of Podiatric Practice


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Analyse the physical, psychological and social effects for patients, their family and community, of foot and lower limb complications that can arise from diabetes mellitus, neurological disorders and vascular disorders of relevance.
02. Generate assessments required for a diagnosis of a patient and, given the results, evaluate the patient and classify their risk of developing serious foot-related complications from diabetes-mellitus, and neurological and vascular disorders of relevance.
03. Synthesise and analyse an initial and ongoing case management plan for a patient.
04. Synthesise and analyse wound management on chronic ulceration of the foot and ankle for a given patient.
05. Use reflection and an evidence-based approach to develop and maintain your knowledge and skills and enhance your ability as a podiatrist in providing contemporary complex care in high-risk foot practice.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnita Raspovic

Class requirements

Directed ReadingWeek: 30 - 42
One 4.00 hours directed reading per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via online.

WorkShopWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Five 40-minute multiple choice exams (20 questions)Weighting 2% per quiz


One 1,000-word assignment completed in pairs plus a concept map (750-word equivalent per student)


One 1-hour written examination, with 15 minutes reading time


One 10-minute oral team presentation (2-3 minutes per student, equivalent to 250 words)