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Careers at Peninsula Health: Q&A with Simone Cranage

Name:  Simone Cranage

Job:  Paediatric podiatrist

  1. What does a typical day in your role involve?

I am the podiatrist in the Children’s services team, so my role involves looking after the little feet of the Peninsula and beyond. I see children with foot or leg pain, any developmental variations and any concerns related to the way a child is walking. Every day is different, which is why I really enjoy my work.  I am also lucky enough to run a music group on a Tuesday, Jive Jiggle and Jump and Mother Goose for babies up to 4 year olds.

  1. Why did you decide to pursue a career in this field?

I actually started my university life enrolled in a Medical Science degree but soon realised it wasn’t for me as I didn’t really enjoy being in a lab and on one occasion I blew up my chemistry experiment.  I remember studying for my chemistry exam and overhearing some students studying for their paediatric podiatry exam.  I found myself more interested in what they were talking about than my chemical equations.  I have been incredibly lucky to have some amazing mentors who have supported me along the way into the position I currently have.

  1. What do you like best about your job?

Working with children and their families every day is the biggest highlight of my job.  The children’s team is such a dedicated group of people to work with who really strive for the best outcome for every child that walks through the door, so I am lucky to work in this environment every day. I also have a very supportive management team who have allowed me to pursue research avenues, another passion of mine.

  1. What has been one memorable moment working in Children’s Services at Peninsula Health?

Developing rapport with children and their families along the way is so memorable to me. Having a child who is excited to come in for their podiatry appointment (this doesn’t happen all the time) and knowing you have made a difference to that child’s life is a real buzz. I recall one child in particular who was in a lot of pain from an undiagnosed condition. We finally found out what was going on and referred them to the appropriate services. The child then came to their next appointment able to run, jump and participate in activities with their friends. It’s these things that make your job worthwhile.

  1. What do you like to do when you’re not working?

You will usually find me out on my bike (yes, one of those), running or outside somewhere.  I enjoy all of the amazing food Melbourne has to offer, or spending time with family and friends and exploring new places.

 

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