Successful podiatry course strenghtened as new lecturer steps forward

Successful podiatry course strenghtened as new lecturer steps forward

30 Aug 2011

Podiatrist Caroline Radowski has been appointed Lecturer in Podiatry at Bendigo’s La Trobe Rural Health School.

podiatry-stdHer appointment signals another milestone in the development of the Bachelor of Health Sciences/Master of Podiatric Practice course which began in Bendigo two years ago and is going from strength to strength.

Next year the course will be expanded to enable students with a related, previously completed undergraduate degree to apply to enrol into the two-year Master of Podiatric Practice program. 

Ms Radowski said she was excited to join La Trobe University at such an exciting and expanding time for podiatry. ‘There is an increasing demand for employed podiatrists in regional areas and it will be good to be teaching young people who want to become involved in this crucial health sector,’ she said.

Ms Radowski said podiatry was an integral part of the health system, particularly given the growing prevalence of diabetes. ‘Podiatrists are the main professionals involved in dealing with foot problems as a result of diabetes. The prevalence of diabetes in the population is already high and is increasing in regional areas.

‘Recent collaborative research between the La Trobe Rural Health School podiatry team, Bendigo Health and Bendigo Community Health Services has shown that up to 50% of people with diabetes in the Bendigo region may be at future risk of foot complications’ she said.

Ms Radowski has most recently been working in North West Queensland as a remote and rural outreach podiatrist.

In 2010, she was successful in implementing the Indigenous Diabetic Foot Project in the Lower Gulf of Australia which was subsequently chosen for a poster presentation at the 2011 National Podiatry Conference.

La Trobe University is currently in discussion with Bendigo Community Health Services to provide clinical training for third year podiatry students commencing in 2012 in the brand new Bendigo Primary Care Centre.

Enrolments for the 2012 Podiatry course offerings from the La Trobe Rural Health School are now open, with VTAC applications due 30 September 2011.

 

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