The UWA Podiatry Clinic
Stepping forward with ease
The Doctor of Podiatric Surgery (DPS) and Doctor of Medicine (DPM) courses have their own clinics within the Podiatric Medicine and Surgery unit at The University of Western Australia.
The UWA Podiatry Surgery clinic
The UWA Podiatric Surgery clinic, where DPS students undertake most of their training, is a state-of-the-art surgery facility and the first of its kind in the southern hemisphere.
The clinic comprises a suite of rooms with individual functions. Services are led by an experienced and highly qualified podiatric surgeon and include the diagnosis and treatment of foot conditions that require surgery. Postgraduate students in podiatric medicine treat patients under expert supervision of the head of surgery and other podiatric surgeons.
With individual consulting rooms and the latest equipment, the clinic offers the best possible care to patients.
The DPM student clinic
The DPM student clinic is in the same building as the DPS clinic but operates separately. Patients from Perth and regional Western Australia can be referred to this clinic for assessment and treatment of a wide range of non-surgical foot conditions, including soft-tissue or joint injuries, chronic foot pain, arthritic conditions, deformities, diabetic foot conditions and pathological nail conditions, including ingrown nail which can be treated with minor surgery if required. Services are also available for patients with disabilities.
A wide range of modern diagnostic technology is available and students are trained in the clinic by highly qualified supervisors. Patients who attend the DPM clinic and are diagnosed with a condition that may benefit from surgery can be referred to the surgery unit. A full program of management is available at this clinic, all to the benefit of patients and students.
Immediate onsite diagnosis and treatment
First university-delivered podiatric surgery facility in the southern hemisphere
A purpose-built operating theatre for onsite day surgery
Laboratories and equipment
The DPM student clinic is supported by an on-site manufacturing facility and a range of diagnostic and treatment equipment. This includes the following:
- An orthoses laboratory, allowing for the manufacture and modification of custom-made foot supports
- A gait analysis laboratory to analyse the way patients walk and how we can influence this to reduce pain and prevent injury
- Laser therapy for the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions
- X-ray and ultrasound equipment
Open Public or Medical Referral
- Anyone can attend either the DPS surgery clinic or DPM clinic for assessment and treatment if required. While referrals from medical and other health practitioners are welcome, patients can contact either clinic directly if they wish.
- Clinic opening hours are Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm.
Common foot disorders
Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
Podiatry is a relatively young but rapidly growing profession that is becoming increasingly well recognised in the western world.
Doctor of Podiatry
This course provides additional theoretical and clinical knowledge in podiatric medicine and surgery beyond the BPodM degree.
Doctor of Podiatric Surgery
It is anticipated graduates will be eligible for registration with the Podiatry Board of Australia as a podiatric surgeon.
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