Mindfulness for health professionals – by Dr Kathryn Choules (PhD) and Dr Samantha Clarke (PhD)

Kathryn Choules

Due to my own developing interest in mindfulness in my own practice as an optometrist, and for the wider community of health practitioners, I thought it was worth asking mindfulness teachers and psychologists about how health practitioners can be mindful in their practice and interactions with patients. I was fortunate enough to receive responses from [Read More…]

New AHPRA podiatry registrant data released

registered podiatry data december 2016

There are almost 5,000 podiatrists registered in Australia, with many being aged between 25-29 years, according to the data in the Podiatry Board of Australia’s 1 October 2016 – 31 December 2016 registrant report. Of the 4,805 podiatrists in Australia, 4,666 are in general practice, 31 general and specialists, and 108 non-practising podiatrists. Age group [Read More…]

APA statement on physio role in acute ankle sprain management

physio role in acute ankle sprain

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) has reacted to a suggestion by a recent study that there is no evidence to support a clinically important improvement in outcome with the addition of supervised physiotherapy to usual care for acute ankle sprain. Despite the findings of the study and some reports with similar suggestions, APA strongly asserts [Read More…]

Identifying and eliminating biofilm in chronic wounds

identifying and eliminating bioflim

Some sources claim that almost 80% of chronic wounds are colonised with biofilm. Biofilm has a significant tolerance to antibiotics and biocides while remaining protected from host immunity. While awareness of the presence and impact of wound biofilm has advanced enormously, understanding of its pathogenesis is yet to be clarified fully. The International Wound Infection [Read More…]

Podiatry Board consultation on therapeutic endorsement guidelines for podiatrists


The Podiatry Board of Australia has released a consultation paper on the review of the Registration standard: Endorsement for scheduled medicines and the related Guidelines: Endorsement for scheduled medicines. The profession, stakeholders and the community are invited to provide feedback and comments, including questions by Friday 9 December 2016. Submissions will be published on the [Read More…]

The rate of diabetes in patients presenting to emergency deparments


A team of researchers led by Dr Dr Tien-Ming Hng of Western Sydney Local Health District conducted a study to test whether targeted glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) testing of high-risk populations could enhance the detection of diabetes and prediabetes. The study was conducted in the Blacktown-Mt Druitt Hospital, which located in an area of high diabetes [Read More…]

ATARs for every podiatry course in Australia

raining ATARS

As at September 2016, there are 8 accredited undergraduate podiatry courses in Australia and 3 postgraduate courses. For entry into a podiatry course commencing in 2016, the ATAR ranged from 70.00 to the mid-90s. The following table shows the ATAR / OP scores that were required to enter each undergraduate course at the beginning of [Read More…]

Revised infection prevention and control guidelines for podiatrists

podiatry infection prevention and control guidelines

All practising podiatrists and podiatric surgeons must practise within the recommendations of the National Health and Medical Research Council Australian (NHMRC) guidelines as they apply to the practice setting in which they work. The core principles in the Podiatry Board of Australia’s revised Guidelines for infection prevention and control are to prevent the transmission of [Read More…]

Exhilarating! My week with the Royal Flying Doctor Service – by Rebecca Irwin – medical student and NRHSN Chair

Rebecca Irwin RFDS week

The unique exhilarating experience of flying to remote communities and stations to provide health care is unparalleled by anything I have experienced thus far. I loved flying with the Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS) to remote locations, hopping from station to station, community to community, providing health care as we went. Occasionally we were diverted [Read More…]

Telemedicine: A Fundamental Addition to Contemporary Medical Curricula – by Christopher Lemon

Christopher Lemon

“Medicine and technology are intrinsically linked. Many advances in health have been contingent upon synonymous advances in technology. This has become particularly clear in recent times when considering the extent to which to technology has helped to substantially improve not only understandings of disease processes, but also the ways in which they can be managed. [Read More…]

Skilled Occupations List submissions put workforce shortages and excesses in the spotlight

Skilled Occupation List 2016

The new Skilled Occupations List (SOL) comes into effect on 1st July 2016. There have been changes to the status of a number of health professions, and a large number have been flagged for consideration in 2017. Health professions being added to SOL from 1st July 2016: Orthotist or prosthetist Audiologist Health professions being removed [Read More…]

Quadriplegic Barney Miller’s personal journey to walk again with exercise intervention

therapy after spinal cord injury

At the age of 20, northern NSW resident Barney Miller was a promising surfer who, after a car accident refused to believe what his doctor said. That his brain could not communicate with the rest of his body. Barney didn’t accept that as a quadriplegic and will be confined to a wheelchair for the rest [Read More…]

Are you really listening? A view from the other side. By Gitte Backhausen – patient

Gitte Backhausen profile

Okay, so I know it’s practitioner month on My Health Career in May and that most of what we’re doing is sharing stories about the inspiring things health professionals are up to. When I got this article through from Gitte, I literally felt a bit sick in my stomach reading about everything she’d been through. [Read More…]

Tennis player perceptions on difference court surfaces

how tennis players perceive court surfaces

A UK study has found an association between tennis court surfaces and player perceptions as well as biomechanical response. The study also aimed to evaluate the influence of prior clay court experience. It involved two groups of player, high-experience and low-experience with clay court, to perform a 180° turning movement. Researchers collected three types of [Read More…]

Checked your professional indemnity insurance lately? Revised PII standards for 8 professions will come into effect on 1 July 2016

AHPRA professional indemnity insurance

Effective on 1 July 2016, eight health professions in Australia will need to meet the obligations of the revised standard for professional indemnity insurance (PII) arrangements. The revised standard will replace the existing standard that is currently in place. The registration standard does not apply to the current cycle of renewals. However, the practitioners need [Read More…]

Revised registration standards for 6 registered health professions

AHPRA revised registration standards published 2016

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency has published revised registration standards for six registered health professions, these being medicine, medical radiation practice, nursing and midwifery, physiotherapy, podiatry, and psychology. The revised registration standards are for: Continuing professional development (CPD) Recency of practice Professional indemnity insurance (PII) arrangements However, they do not apply to renewals of [Read More…]

The 10 commandments of patient-centred care

the ten commandments for patient-centred care

A team of UK researchers has transformed their paper, published in the British Journal of General Practice, into a website fully dedicated to covering the 10 commandments for patient-centred treatment. Although it is about general practice, the principles are similar for any health profession, particularly where the profession involves disgnostics, prescribing medications or giving medications [Read More…]

Over 40% of diabetics with a foot ulcer die within 5 years

diabetic foot ulcers mortality rate

A recently published UK study has confirmed long-believed association between diabetic foot ulcers and an increased risk of death. 414,523 people with diabetes enrolled in practices associated with The Health Improvement Network in the United Kingdom were analysed for this study to evaluate the effects of diabetic foot ulcers and the covariates on death. Among [Read More…]

$250 million for translating medical research into real benefits

Biomedical Translation Fund

The Australian Government will invest $250 million over two years to help translate Australian health and medical research into commercial reality as part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA). This investment will provide the funds to improve the quality of life of Australians. The Biomedical Translation Fund alongside the Medical Research Future Fund [Read More…]

10 year road map for Closing the Gap

ten year road map to close the gap

Minister for Rural Health Fiona Nash has launched an Implementation Plan as a further commitment to Closing the Gap. The Implementation Plan is a ten-year road map: a strategy to better health for Indigenous children, Indigenous youth and Indigenous adults. The Coalition decided to adopt and build on the 10 year National Aboriginal and Torres Strait [Read More…]

16% decrease in notifications – AHPRA 2014-2015 statistics revealed

AHPRA annual report 2014 - 2015

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the National Boards has published the 2014/ annual report. The annual report outlines and highlights AHPRA and the National Board’s activities in 2014/15, as follows:   1.   Improving performance and services 637,218 health practitioners are registered from 14 different professions representing overall growth of 2.9% 16% [Read More…]

The health industry responds to “Wasted” – the 4 Corners report on overdiagnosis and treatment in medicine

4 Corners Wasted health care system

Following the airing of the Four Corners report “Wasted” on 29th September, which featured commentary on the over diagnosis and over treatment of common health complaints including back pain, knee pain, chest pain and prostate testing, the conversation about inappropriate tests and procedures has gone well beyond the medical profession. “Wasted” implied that doctors are [Read More…]

More than 155,000 health practitioners due to renew registration by 30th November

health practitioner registration renewals

Twelve National Boards have launched their registration renewal campaigns for health practitioners whose registration to practise expires on 30 November 2015. A news item about renewal of registration is published on each of the following National Board websites: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia Chinese Medicine Board of Australia Chiropractic Board [Read More…]

Mo Farah’s achievements and running technique

Mo Farah's running technique

Mo Farah, the double Olympic & double world champion middle distance runner has had his running technique featured in a British Journal of Sports Medicine podcast. Stephen Aspinall, Chairman of the British Association of Sports Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT), interviewed Andy Cornelius, a Graduate Sport Rehabilitator and head running coach who works in private clinics, [Read More…]

Becoming a health practitioner – registering with AHPRA

AHPRA health practitioner registration fees

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency has recommended that students who are about to graduate as health practitioners apply for registration 4-6 weeks before finishing your course. For many students, that is NOW!!! About to graduate as a health practitioner? Apply 4-6 weeks before finishing your course. More: http://t.co/TBvBlUJ0do — AHPRA (@AHPRA) September 4, 2015 [Read More…]

ATARs for every podiatry course in Australia

ATAR for podiatry

The information in this article has been superseded by our 2016 article. As at September 2015, there are 7 accredited undergraduate podiatry courses in Australia and 3 postgraduate courses. For entry into a podiatry course commencing in 2015, the ATAR ranged from 70.00 to the mid-90s. The following table shows the ATAR / OP scores [Read More…]

AHPRA welcomes report of 3 year independent review of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme which regulates 14 health professions in Australia


The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency recently welcomed a report following an independent three-year review of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS) and the Health Ministers’ response to its recommendations. ‘Such positive and constructive feedback reflects the focus and commitment to improvement of everyone who works at AHPRA, all members of national, state and [Read More…]

Video to guide podiatry graduates to register with the Podiatry Board of Australia

podiatry new graduate register with ahpra

The Podiatry Board of Australia has launched a video outlining what graduates need to do before they can register and practise as podiatrists, and how to renew their registration each year. The three minute video covers information such as: Registration standards, including fluent English, criminal check, insurance, and updated podiatry knowledge. Applying online on the [Read More…]

Allied health misses a guernsey in the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce – by Amanda Griffiths

Medicare Benefits Scheme Review Taskforce

It’s been about a month since Minister for Health Sussan Ley announced the members of the Federal Government’s Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce and the Primary Health Care Advisory Group (PHCAG). Although the PHCAG is made up of members from a number of health professions including physiotherapy, medicine and pharmacy, it is blatantly obvious [Read More…]

#WhyWeDoResearch campaign – by Cheryl Prescott and Claire Gibbs

Claire Gibbs and Abby Greaves

“The #WhyWeDoResearch campaign was conceived and launched via Twitter by Claire Gibbs, Senior Clinical Research Nurse (@ClaireGibbsUK) and Abby Greaves, Research Administrator, (@JPUHResearch) at the James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in December 2014. Their intention was to use the hashtag #WhyWeDoResearch as a way to introduce core research team members to the public, [Read More…]

Consideration of podiatric endorsement for acupuncture due soon

accupuncture by podiatrists

In August 2015, the Podiatry Board of Australia will be due to consider options for endorsement for acupuncture for the podiatry profession. Back in August 2012, the Board decided that the endorsement for acupuncture would not be established under the National Law. The Board acknowledges that podiatrists are qualified to use needling techniques within their [Read More…]

To stretch or not to stretch? Static stretching before sport

is static stretching effective for athletes

The Aspetar Sports Medicine Journal has published a review questioning whether static stretching is useful in athletes. Static stretching is commonly practice as an integral part of athletic preparation, which aims to improve flexibility, enhance physical performance, prevent injury to the musculotendinous unit (MTU), and improve the speed of return to sport after injury. The [Read More…]

Call for health professionals to be more aware of signs of child sexual abuse surfaces during royal commission

child sexual abuse in institutions royal commission

The ABC has again reported on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. They recently published revelations by psychologist Terence Kirkpatrick that he was sexually abused by a psychologist at the Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH) in 1967 when he had been referred to the clinic to be treated for what was [Read More…]

Advertising health services is about so much more than the AHPRA guidelines

advertising laws for health professionals

Health practitioners need to be aware that their advertising must comply not just with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) guidelines where appropriate, but also with national law. Consumer Law The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is the authority who enforces the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. The Act covers areas including false [Read More…]

The health industry’s reaction to the 2015 Federal Budget

health industry federal budget

As usual, the federal government’s health budget has been a mixed bag for the industry. Professional bodies representing practitioners including podiatrists, pharmacists, occupational therapists, medical practitioners, optometrists, dentists, nurses and medical students have all had something to say about the budget. Here’s a summary……   Building a Healthier Medicare The Government has announced that they [Read More…]

My rant following the most recent round of careers expos….

The dark side of career expos

I have just returned from a series of 4 careers expos in the New South Wales towns of Young, Forbes, Dubbo and Bathurst. Although this website was started especially for high school students considering a career in health and has lots of resources such as videos from real health practitioners and pathways information, there are [Read More…]

Podiatrists dragging their feet on the uptake of therapeutic endorsement

Podiatry endorsement for therapeutics

In a period of over two and a half years, just 18 more podiatrists have been endorsed to prescribe scheduled medicines. According to the latest figures (December 2014) from the Podiatry Board of Australia, there are 65 podiatrists in the country who are endorsed to prescribe scheduled medications. As there are 4,220 podiatrists with general [Read More…]

Would you spend 30 hours a month with older folk to get free accommodation during uni?

Live in aged care facility during uni

According to a report in The Journal in Ireland, a nursing home in Deventer in the Netherlands is opening its doors for uni students to live with the elderly as housemates. Why would any young free uni students wish to live with the pensioners instead of partying with fellow college roommates? The rent is free. [Read More…]

Announcement of successful applicants for Primary Health Networks

Medicare Locals to Primary Health Networks

Minister for Health Sussan Ley has announced the successful applicants to run the 31 Primary Health Networks which will replace the 61 Medicare Locals from 1st July. In a statement from The Department of Health, the Primary Health Networks will “replace Labor’s flawed Medicare Local system of 61 fragmented regions, which were found by an [Read More…]

Multidisciplinary care of chronic diseases for cost effectiveness and surgery prevention

multidisciplinary care of chronic disease

Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) have released a report revealing that surgery could be avoided if patients with diabetes, stroke, and osteoarthritis were seen by multidisciplinary teams of health professionals. Allied health professionals can provide effective treatment that improves outcomes and reduces costs for patients with diabetes, stroke, and osteoarthritis, thus [Read More…]

Movement of the human foot in 100 pain free individuals

normal feet

The Journal of Foot and Ankle Research has published a study by researchers from the University of Salford, UK about the movement of human foot in 100 pain free individuals. The study was based on understanding that the motion in a normal healthy foot is a prerequisite for understanding the effects of pathology on foot [Read More…]

The Gait Guys on when the big toe heads medially – it’s a game changer

when the big toe heads medially

Dr Ivo Waerlop and Dr Shawn Allen, aka “The Gait Guys” have published a post talking about the biomechanical consequences of when the 1st metatarsal moves medially after having seen a lot of bunions. They divided the sequelae into four parts, these being: The extensor halluces brevis axis shifts medially, with the main issue that [Read More…]

AHPRA to introduce further drug screening procedures for practitioners with substance related impairment

AHPRA drug testing for health practitioners

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) will be introducing mandatory hair testing for all practitioners with a substance related impairment. Under the screening protocol, all health practitioners who have restrictions on their registration linked to previous substance abuse will have routine hair testing in addition to the urine drug screening as per the interim [Read More…]

Upskilling online made possible by Monash University

Monash Online courses for health professionals

The health industry is incredibly rewarding yet can be a mentally draining area to work in. Take it from Natasha Jennings of the Alfred Hospital’s Emergency and Trauma Centre, who shared her typical day online at Health Victoria. Her exhausting day begins at 5am and she is seeing patients as soon as she steps into [Read More…]

What’s the best diet? Free public event in Brisbane run by Dietitian Connection

Dr Joanna McMillan

Dietitian Connection has put together a world-class program of speakers so that your patients / clients and any member of the public can go along and hear about what they should REALLY be eating. With the theme “What’s the best diet? Paleo? Gluten-free? Sugar-free?” the event is sure to do some major myth-busting about what [Read More…]

Are your clients gluten free for the right reasons? by Sally Marchini APD

Sally Marchini dietitian

Accredited Practising Dietitian Sally Marchini was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes almost 40 years ago and then coeliac disease 13 years ago. It was that second chronic disease diagnosis that inspired her to go to university to become a dietitian, both to benefit her own health and lead by example to help others to enjoy [Read More…]

New podiatric surgeon registration standard to take effect from 24th February 2015

podiatric surgeon registration Australia

The Podiatry Board of Australia has announced that the new Registration standard for specialist registration for the podiatry specialty of podiatric surgery will take effect from 24th February 2015. While practitioners may hold both general registration as a podiatrist and specialist registration as a podiatric surgeon, or hold just a specialist registration, the new standards [Read More…]

What do patients think about digital health? By Cathie Reid – Digital Health Summit post 4

technology in health

This is the fourth and final post in my series from the Digital Health Summit at CES 2015, following on from posts on wearables, disrupting the doctor visit, and how pharmacy can avoid its own Kodak moment. It was fantastic to see the program include a session on the patient perspective, as all too often [Read More…]

GAMSAT 2015 registrations close soon


If you are looking at applying for post-graduate courses in medicine, dentistry, optometry or podiatric medicine in 2016 or 2017, you may need to sit the Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) this year. Is GAMSAT required for the course you wish to apply for? If you hold a Bachelor’s Degree, GAMSAT is at least [Read More…]

Podiatrist disqualified for 3 years following rectal examination of patient eligible to apply for registration

Podiatrist disqualified for 3 years

A Tasmanian podiatrist who was disqualified from applying for registration for three years following being convicted of one count of aggravated sexual assault was able to apply to be registered again in November 2014. The Podiatry Board of Australia has the power to impose conditions on the podiatrists’ registration in order to keep the public [Read More…]

Aussie blokes under 35 who play footy – the likely patients in hospital due to sporting injuries

sports injuries causing hospitalisation

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released a new report “Australian sports injury hospitalisations 2011-2012.” It is estimated that 36,000 people aged 15 and over spent a total of 79,000 days in hospital due to injury sustained while playing sport. According to the report, around one third of all sports injury hospitalisations [Read More…]

Podiatry Western Australia splits from the Australasian Podiatry Council following recent subscription controversy

Podiatry WA splits from APodC

Following on from the recent dramas Podiatry Western Australia (Podiatry WA) and the Australasian Podiatry Council (APodC) have had over the offering of a subscription option that was similar to full membership, Podiatry WA has resigned its membership of the Australasian Podiatry Council. The split, which came into effect on November 7, 2014 means that [Read More…]

Subscribers booted out of Podiatry WA

Podiatry WA subscription

In June 2014 Podiatry WA – the Western Australian branch of the Australian Podiatry Association added the option of being a subscriber to its membership options. The subscription flyer outlined that the 12 month subscription fee of $500 + GST would keep subscribers up to date on professional and industry issues. Other benefits included discounts [Read More…]

AHPRA seeking health practitioner members for 11 of its 14 boards

AHPRA national board applications

AHPRA is seeking to fill 102 practitioner and community member vacancies on 11 of its national boards. Professions which have board vacancies for health professionals are Chinese medicine, chiropractic, dental, medical, nursing & midwifery, optometry, osteopathy, pharmacy, physiotherapy, podiatry and psychology. The functions of a national board include the registration of students and practitioners in [Read More…]

Healing post-op transmetatarsal amputation wounds

Post op amputation wounds podiatry

Three expert panelists – Andrew Rice, DPM, FACFAS, Kazu Suzuki, DPM, CWS, and Nicholas Bevilacqua, DPM, FACFAS have shared their experiences in post-op transmetatarsal amputation wounds on Podiatry Today.     1.   Factors which cause delayed healing in post-op amputation wounds According to Dr. Rice, the most difficult wounds to heal are open digital/partial metatarsal [Read More…]

Peripheral artery disease

Peripheral Artery Disease

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is an example of a condition that can be associated with serious systemic complications and be picked up by a podiatrist. Here are some of the basics about this condition: Definition –  Peripheral artery disease is a circulatory problem whereby there is reduced flow of blood to the limbs as a [Read More…]

Australian HealthFusion Team Challenge 2014….. and the winners are….

Team UQ

A couple of months ago I was asked to be the Master of Ceremonies at the Australian HealthFusion Team Challenge. Being offered such a great opportunity is a bit of a privilege, and although I was keen to take part in the day, I was also a bit daunted as it is such a full [Read More…]

Reminder about Therapy Choices for the NDIS

Therapy Choices

In 2013 Occupational Therapy Australia entered into a partnership with the Australian Government to produce Therapy Choices, a website which aims to help people with a disability to better understand the roles of the allied health professionals who are able to provide them support under the National Disability Insurance Scheme. The website lists the roles [Read More…]

Makers of five finger shoes hit with lawsuit in the US but settle out of court

Five finger shoes

Vibram, makers of the Five Finger shoes, were hit with a class-action lawsuit and could have been forced to pay $3.75 million to buyers of the shoes (click here for the Huffington Post video). In the end, they settled out of court, agreeing to put aside the $3.75 million to pay refunds of up to [Read More…]

Time to Gear Up for the Australian Podiatry Education & Research Fund Grants


The Australian Podiatry Education and Research Fund (APERF) was established to facilitate research studies that investigate causes, prevention and treatment of foot problems. Podiatrists, medical suppliers, and grateful patients donate to provide grants. Grant applications must be submitted before October 31st of each year. Click here for more information. Previous recipients of grant funding have [Read More…]

Heel pain – and yes there’s a spur, but it’s not the sole cause of the pain……

Heel pain case study

With two teenage girls and a busy home, Fiona, 43, always had her hands full. Although she had a busy life, in the past six months she had made time for her health by returning to the gym. She was really enjoying her return to exercise and fitness, until she started experiencing excruciating pain in [Read More…]

How AGED FOOT CARE continues to shine – By Damien James

Damien James Aged Foot Care

Following is a guest blog by Damien James, founder and CEO of Aged Foot Care, Australia’s largest and most awarded podiatry provider. Established in 1997, the company caters exclusively to residents in Aged Care Facilities throughout Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. Here Damien gives us an insight into some of the factors that have [Read More…]

Patients with chronic diseases – which health practitioners are they being referred to?

Chronic disease referrals

The percentile statistics for the use of the allied health item numbers for patients with a chronic condition who are being managed by their GP under an Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) plan have been released on the Medicare website. Under this plan, Medicare rebates are available for a maximum of 5 allied health services per [Read More…]

Allied health practice owners conference – Maida Learning

Cropped DL Flyer FRONT

Allied health professionals and practice owners now have access to education and professional development specifically for their unique business requirements with the establishment of Maida Learning and its inaugural Healthy Practice Conference being held at Canberra’s Hotel Realm on 16 and 17 May. Director of Maida Learning, Amy Geach launched the conference and her third [Read More…]

Health Fusion Team Challenge registration open to uni students

Health industry report

University students studying a health degree in an Australian university are now able to register a team for the 2014 HealthFusion Team Challenge (HFTC). The HFTC is an award winning program aimed at educating students from different disciplines in the area of collaborative patient care. There are 4 basic steps to being involved in the [Read More…]

Podiatry workforce data released

podiatry workforce

Health Workforce Australia has released Podiatrists in Focus – its latest data on the podiatry workforce in Australia. Podiatry is a relatively small profession, with 3,491 employed podiatrists in the labour force as at 2012. Health Workforce Australia has identified the remote and very remote areas in Australia as having significant shortages in the podiatry [Read More…]

Advertising guidelines for health professionals changed… just waiting on official AHPRA documentation

AHPRA Action

AHPRA Action, a campaign led by Melbourne surgeon Dr Jill Tomlinson, to have the Guidelines for Advertising Regulated Health Services changed, has had some success, but is still looking for the guidelines document to be changed. The part of the guidelines in question is in section 6.2.3, where it states that: A practitioner must take [Read More…]

Podiatrists use of Medicare item number 10962 for chronic conditions

Podiatry 10962

Under the Chronic Disease Management program, general practitioners are able to refer patients with chronic diseases to allied health practitioners for consultations which attract Medicare benefits. The Medicare item number podiatrists use for these consultations is 10962. The Department of Human Services has posted its provider percentile chart for the use of item number 10962 [Read More…]

Want to fly to the Northern Territory to inspire the next generation of health practitioners?

NT Rural High School Visits

The Northern Territory Medicare Local is now taking applications for university health students to fly to the Northern Territory to connect with high school students to promote health careers. Participating uni students will have the opportunity to present workshops to high school students to demonstrate the challenges and rewards of health careers, and also share [Read More…]

Tinea – causes, symptoms and treatment


Tinea is a fungal skin infection that affects the skin, nails, or scalp. It often occurs on the feet, where it is commonly called “athlete’s foot.” The fungus grows in the warm dark places and moist environment which makes footwear a perfect breeding ground. Causes The fungus that causes Athlete’s foot commonly lives in warm [Read More…]

Non-medical prescribing: the dispute continues

medicine prescribing rights

In Australia, medications are traditionally prescribed by medical practitioners such as general practitioners, dermatologists and paediatricians, as well as dentists. More recently, suitably qualified health professionals including nurse practitioners, optometrists and podiatrists have taken on the role of prescribing medications. In the past it has been up to the professional bodies to lobby for prescribing [Read More…]

Why do kids see a podiatrist? The common and the rare, life-threatening reasons….

Reasons for children to see a podiatrist

Not so long, I interviewed Shay McClurg, a Queensland based podiatrist who runs 4 podiatry clinics. She talked about some of the most common reasons for parents to bring their child in to see a podiatrist. Here’s the video: In the video, Shay points out that for: 1.    Infants – often they are brought in [Read More…]

Fungal Nail – Cause, Symptoms and Podiatric Treatments


Fungal nail (onychomycosis) is described as the fungal infection attacking the nails. It is estimated that it affects more than 1.6 million Australians, and happens when opportunistic fungi invade the nails. The common symptoms include nail brittleness, debris, thickening and discolouration. There is a variety of treatment options for people suffering from this condition. These [Read More…]

Podiatry – understanding and working with dance injuries

Pointe shoes

Because dance requires such precision and balance along with strength and athleticism, injuries to the foot and ankle are quite common; in fact, over half of all dance injuries occur in the foot or ankle. As a podiatrist, there are many things to consider when evaluating a dancer: 1.    The Shoes – Different shoes can [Read More…]

Podiatrists love your feet – foot health month 2013

Podiatrists Love Your Feet

The Australasian Podiatry Council (APodC) has announced that October is, once again, National Foot Health Month – an important time to remind all Australians about proper podiatric care. This year’s theme is “Podiatrists Love Your Feet.” Australians have the second-worst rate of unnecessary lower-limb amputations in the developed world and preventative foot health checks are [Read More…]

Is telehealth useful in podiatry?

Podiatry telehealth

A Primary Health Care Research & Information Service (PHC RIS) study called Allied Health Video Consultation Services, which was published in May 2013, reviewed the literature available on the topic of allied health professionals performing telehealth consultations. While at this stage there is a small evidence base for the use of videoconsultation by podiatrists, the [Read More…]

Is Screening for Foot Problems in Children Justifiable?

Foot screening by podiatrists

A discussion paper by Adelaide-based podiatrist Dr Angela Evans was published in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, and questioned whether screening for foot problems in children is justifiable. The World Health Organization officially defines screening as: “the presumptive identification of unrecognized disease or defects by means of tests, examinations, or other procedures that [Read More…]

Podiatrists see cases of plantar fasciitis…. what’s it all about?!?!

Podiatry - heel pain

Before we get into a spiel about plantar fasciitis, let’s first go through a couple of basics about the anatomy of the foot. The plantar fascia is essentially the band of connective tissue that runs along from the sole of the foot from the heel to the ball of the foot. It enables us to [Read More…]

Getting to know the podiatry scope of practice


Podiatry deals with the study, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders that affect the foot, ankle, and lower extremity. While most people are aware that podiatrists work with the feet, it is also worth pointing out that they also work with the entire lower limb. Recently we interviewed podiatrist Wayne Pugh, who gave an overview about [Read More…]

“Barefoot” running shoes: painful or practical?

Barefoot running shoes - podiatry

In February 2011, leading UK sports podiatrist Ian Griffiths wrote a blog post about the concept of barefoot running, and mentioned that research about the potential risks/benefits were not yet available. More recently, barefoot or ‘minimalist’ running shoes have been in the news, with stars such as Hugh Jackman being spotted wearing them. In the [Read More…]

Tips for podiatry graduates

Podiatry - new grad

Private practice podiatrist Rachael Bradhurst recently wrote an article in the Australian Podiatry Council’s Podiatry Bulletin, giving tips for new graduates. These included: 1.    It’s rare to know which area of podiatry you will like best until you’ve tried them (e.g. sports/paediatrics/procedures). 2.    The first job you have might not be the ‘perfect job’, but [Read More…]

Orthopaedic Podiatry Triage Clinic


The Orthopaedic Podiatry Triage Clinic (OPodTC) is a collaborative model of screening and triage by the podiatrist in an attempt to address the problem of long waiting times for orthopaedic surgery on conditions of the foot and ankle. Some orthopaedic surgery referrals to public hospitals can be identified and treated by podiatrists, averting the need [Read More…]

The changing scope of podiatry practice

Podiatry scope of practice

Leading podiatrist Ainslie Davies recently completed a survey on the scope of podiatry practice for the Australasian Podiatry Council. Approximately 200 podiatrists responded to the survey. In a recent article in the Podiatry Bulletin, she discussed the findings. The main two ways in which the scope of practice is expanding are: National registration/recognition of podiatric [Read More…]

Heel pain in athletes

Podiatry - heel pain

For the non-podiatrist, it might be easy to assume that heel pain in athletes is due to…. well….. being on their feet a lot and the general wear and tear that comes along with being an athlete!! A recent Podiatry Today article called “Keys to addressing heel pain in the athlete” gave an overview of [Read More…]

Killer heels that don’t kill you this festive season!!

Podiatry - festive shoes

Obviously we are well and truly into the festive season!! So here it is ladies…. and, I guess, gentlemen too (hey…… whatever floats your boat)…. a guide to surviving in high heeled shoes….. The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (SCP) have released stats saying that the higher the heel, the more pressure that goes to [Read More…]

The road to becoming a podiatric surgeon

Podiatry - surgery

Did you know that there are podiatric surgeons out there who perform surgeries of the foot and ankle? They might provide treatment for conditions including structural deformities, bone spurs, skin and nail conditions, and injuries. To become a podiatric surgeon involves having clinical experience in podiatry, completing a Masters, and completing a podiatric surgery Fellowship [Read More…]

Sock it to diabetes!

Sock it to diabetes!

October is Foot Health Month. This year the theme is ‘sock it to diabetes’. Why? Well, because EVERY WEEK in Australia, 85 Australians lose their toes, feet or even a leg because of complications due to diabetes.   So why does this happen?!?!?!   Diabetes reduces blood flow and sensation to the feet. This means [Read More…]

And you thought you were going to wear thongs this summer……

Thongs podiatry

Thongs, pluggers, flip-flops – call them what you want. You thought you were going to crack them out this summer, didn’t you? Well, maybe, just maybe…. they’re acceptable for a short scoot across hot sand. But think again if you’re going to wear a pair of pluggers any further than that!! Would you believe that [Read More…]

Where are the Podiatry Courses in Australian Universities?

Podiatry university

According to the Podiatry Bulletin April/May 2012 the following universities offer a podiatry course…. Universities currently offering degrees in podiatry are Western Australia, South Australia, La Trobe, Charles Sturt, Newcastle, Western Sydney, Queensland University of Technology and Central Queensland. Two universities are planning on introducing courses in the next few years, these being at Southern [Read More…]