REHB 4039


Course Level


Offered Externally


Course ID


Unit Value


University-wide elective course

Course owner

Course owner
UniSA Allied Health & Human Performance

Course aim

To develop advanced student skills in the assessment and management of biomechanical problems, including fabrication of a range of rigid and semi-rigid foot orthoses.

Course content

History taking: key clinical indicators in the management of complex patients, examination techniques in adults, children and special needs groups; biomechanical assessment tests and techniques; diagnosis and anatomical identification; diagnostic x-ray and ultrasound prescription. Measurement techniques: gait analysis, use of measurement tools, prescription interpretation and analysis. Treatment prescription and injury management; exercise prescription, therapeutic ultrasound massage gait training, orthotic therapy; evaluation of the negative and positive cast; impression techniques: techniques of semi- and non-weightbearing casting, use of impression materials and plaster; manufacturing technique - cast modification, use of electrical equipment, equipment safety, thermoplastics manufacture, heel posting techniques. Ordering and evaluation of laboratory made orthoses: completion of prescription forms; modification and trouble-shooting; manufacture of moulded insoles, triplane wedges, other in-shoe modifications; problem solving and intervention techniques; education techniques and resources in orthoses development.




Common to all relevant programs
Subject Area & Catalogue Number Course Name
REHB 4036 Clinical Biomechanics 400
REHB 4037 Podiatry Clinical Studies 400



Teaching method

Component Duration
Clinical 1 day x 7.5 hours x 10 weeks
Lecture (Preclinical) 4 hours x 1 week
Practical (Preclinical) 3.5 hours x 1 week
Lecture 3.5 hours x 1 week
Practical 4 hours x 1 week

Note: These components may or may not be scheduled in every study period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.


Assignment, Clinical assessment/OSCE/OSCA, VIVA


EFTSL*: 0.125
Commonwealth Supported program (Band 2)
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* Equivalent Full Time Study Load. Please note: all EFTSL values are published and calculated at ten decimal places. Values are displayed to three decimal places for ease of interpretation.

Course Coordinators

UniSA Allied Health & Human Performance

Degrees this course is offered in

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