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Podiatry

About Podiatry Services at Peninsula Health

Podiatry assists people to regain, maintain or improve their foot health. Podiatrists use a range of manual skills, exercise prescription and education strategies in their treatments. They work as integral members of multidisciplinary teams.

The Podiatry Department consists 16 staff and comprises Podiatrists and Allied Health Assistants. The Podiatry Department has a teaching partnership with La Trobe University and Charles Sturt University, providing undergraduate student clinical placements in Podiatry.

We are committed to safe, personal, effective and connected care for every person, every time and to excellence in service delivery through the active participation in research and quality improvement activities. We actively promote and support ongoing professional development. Research is supported both within Podiatry and as part of Peninsula Health’s overall commitment to research and the delivery of evidence–based clinical practice.

Service Locations

Peninsula Health Podiatry services are delivered in multiple programs and sites across the health service including:

  • Acute services: Frankston Hospital, Rosebud Hospital
  • Subacute services: Golf Links Road Frankston, The Mornington Centre, Rosebud Hospital
  • Acute outpatients (Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Clinic): Frankston Hospital
  • High Risk Foot Clinic (Vascular, Endocrinology and Orthopaedic): Frankston
  • Diabetes Clinic
  • Community Health services: Frankston, Mornington, Hastings, Rosebud

For Patients

Finding Us

There are Peninsula Health Podiatry services on a number of sites across the Mornington Peninsula. These include Frankston Hospital, Frankston Integrated Health Centre, Golf Links Road Rehabilitation, The Rosebud Campus, The Mornington Centre, Mornington Community Health Centre and Hastings Community Health Centre. Services are provided to inpatient and outpatients.

Inpatient Podiatry

Podiatrists provide care to inpatients during their hospital stay. They work within the medical, nursing and Allied Health teams to provide assessments and management to assist with ensuring you achieve your goals. This may include assistance with wound management and pressure care. If you require further Podiatry after your stay in hospital your health care team will organise this.

Ambulatory Services Podiatry (Outpatient/Community Health)

  • You, your GP or specialist doctor can refer you for Podiatry via a written referral.
  • A central service called “ACCESS” is responsible for receiving all referrals and booking initial appointments. Your doctor can fax the referral to ‘ACCESS’ on 9784 2309 or you can phone ACCESS on 1300 665 781
  • There may be a wait for your initial appointment date, as there is often a high demand for appointments
  • Please note all referrals for the High Risk Foot Clinic require a GP or medical specialist referral

Interpreters

If you require an interpreter to be present during your Podiatry session, please let the reception staff know and this can be arranged for you.


For Podiatry Staff

Acute

Podiatry acute services are located at two sites,

Frankston Hospital and Rosebud Hospital (Walker Ward).

Our Podiatrists work as part of a multidisciplinary team across all wards at these facilities. The main clinical areas of care provided by the podiatry team are foot wounds (acute and or chronic), pressure injuries (foot/ankle), and Charcot foot. The Podiatrist are also part of the Vascular and Orthopaedics medical rounds. The podiatrists are responsible for neurovascular assessments, wound assessment and management plan and pressure offloading, to facilitatea safe and timely discharge. Patients with an active wound or Charcot foot will be offered follow up care in the most appropriate setting.

Subacute inpatient Podiatry services are located at three sites,

Rehabilitation: Frankston Golf Links Rd site, and Rosebud Hospital (Hillview Ward)

Aged Care: The Mornington Centre

Our Podiatrists work as part of a multidisciplinary team across all wards at these facilities. The main clinical areas of care provided by the podiatry team are foot wounds (acute and or chronic), pressure injuries (foot/ankle), and Charcot foot. The podiatrists are responsible for neurovascular assessments, wound assessment and management plan and pressure offloading, to facilitate safe and timely discharge. Patients with an active wound or charcot foot will be offered follow up care in the most appropriate setting.

High Risk Foot Clinic

The High Risk Foot Clinic is a multidisciplinary service for patient who have active foot wounds not responding to evidence based management, with or without vascular disease that are at risk of amputation. The multidisciplinary care team includes Endocrinologist, Vascular Surgeon, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Diabetes Educators, Dietitian and Podiatrists. A GP or medical specialist referral is required. The High Risk Foot Clinic is delivered from the Frankston Integrated Health Care building within the Podiatry Department.

Diabetes Clinic

In the diabetes complication clinic, the podiatrist is responsible for neurovascular assessments and risk screening for diabetes foot pathology. Ongoing podiatry care is organised in the Community Health Setting where required.

Ortho OP

In the Orthopaedics OP clinic, the podiatrist works alongside Orthopaedic surgeons and assists with assessment and screening of foot and ankle pathologies. Ongoing podiatry care is organised in the Community Health Setting where required.

Community

Community Podiatry services are delivered from the Frankston Integrated Health Care building adjacent to Frankston Hospital, Hastings, Mornington and Rosebud Community Health sites. Podiatrist manage paediatric and adult clients from a restorative and preventative perspective. All foot pathologies are accepted for appointments in community health. Across the team podiatrists are competent in total contact casting, low frequency ultrasonic debridement, dry needling and partial nail avulsions.

Research / quality Podiatrists deliver high quality evidence based podiatry care to a broad range of clients. Podiatrists are encouraged to participate in quality improvement activities and research projects. All staff are required to maintain a good working knowledge of the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards, take the initiative to pursue opportunities for quality improvement, and actively contribute to the accreditation of the service being delivered.


Endorsed Prescribing Mentoring Program

Appropriately skilled qualified Podiatrists are able to undertake the requirements set out by the Podiatry board of Australia for scheduled medicines are supported at Peninsula Health through a mentoring program. This includes weekly sessions with endorsed prescribers, completing drug specific education modules and spending time with medical specialities to build portfolio of case studies.

Grade 1 Rotations

We currently employ 2 New Graduate Grade 1’s who rotate across all Peninsula Health sites. These positions are 2 year contracts offering new graduates opportunities to explore the many different areas of podiatry practice within the Public Health Setting. Rotations include:
Acute
Sub-Acute/RAPPS
Community
Paediatrics
Residential
High Risk Foot Clinic

All Grade 1 staff are provided with formal and informal supervision from grade 2 and grade 3 podiatrists, including a competency checklist and regular appraisals. These help facilitate rotation specific goal setting and annual performance development reviews. Grade 1 clinicians are offered the opportunity to undertake a quality or research project during their time at Peninsula Health Service.


Allied Health Assistants

Our Allied Health Assistants (AHA’s) are an integral part of the Podiatry service, providing care to clients and completing many essential administrative and housekeeping tasks.

Description of Duties:

Duties are varied and dependent upon the relevant site. These include:

  • Overseeing the equipment and stock supply of the department
  • Administrative tasks including photo copying duties, maintenance of lists and databases and general office administration
  • Footwear fitting and ordering under the guidance of the Podiatrists


For Podiatry Students

Structure

Teaching and supervision is principally provided by our Grade 2 Podiatrist to students across clinical areas across the continuum of care. Students move across sites and programs to complete their placements. These placements are designed to provide students with a wide-ranging exposure to patient-types and experiences.

Regular tutorials are given by Podiatrist to the student groups to further enhance their learning and practical knowledge base. Students are also encouraged to attend our own continuing education forums.

Assessment

Podiatry students are assessed through assessment tools provided by their educational institutions. We strive to structure our student program on being an interactive, two-way communication process between the students and educators. Students also provide feedback on the merits of our teaching program, which can be used as an improvement opportunity for subsequent placement blocks.