What is a Podiatrist?
If you have an interest in the health care of people, posses good communication skills and have good manual dexterity, then a career as a podiatrist may be for you. A Podiatrist is an Allied Health professional who diagnoses and treats foot and lower limb problems. There is a strong demand for podiatrists.
What does a podiatrist do?
The work a podiatrist does can be tailored to suit the interest of the individual. A podiatrist in general practice is responsible for the treatment and care of many people in the community, from the very young to the elderly. Daily task include the diagnosis and management of ligament, muscle and bone injuries and diseases and treating skin and nail conditions. An important role of the modern podiatrist is to treat diabetic foot complications. This provides a major service to the community in preventing amputations and foot ulcers. Podiatrists treat patients in a variety of ways inlcuding prescribing medication, minor surgery, exercise, ultrasound therapy, strapping and taping, footwear modifications or Orthoses (prescribes inserts for shoes).
Where can podiatrists work?
A majority of podiatrists in Queensland work in private practice. Qld Health employs podiatrists in the public health sector, including community health and hospital based work. Some fitness centres, rehabilitation centres, day therapy and aged care facilities employ podiatrists seasonally. Opportunities also exist for podiatrists to be part of a sports medicine team working directly for sporting associations or clubs. More recently podiatrists have been working within medical practices, including the Royal Flying Doctors Service. Many podiatrists gain valuable experience by being affiliated with established practices and locum work is usually available.
Can Podiatrists specialise?
Some Podiatrists develop special interests or skills in a particular field such as diabetes management, sports injuries, podiatric surgery, paediatrics, geriatrics, or enjoy the variety of general practice.
How much do Podiatrists get paid?
As the demand for Podiatrists is high, many practitioners in private practice can earn in excess of $100k per annum. Employed podiatrsists generally earn in excess of $45k per annum, depending on experience and hours worked.
What scholarships are available?
There are a variety of scholarships and financial assistance available.
The following courses are currently approved for registration with the Podiatry Board of Australia.