Podiatric Medicine and Surgery

Educating and training future podiatrists to become an integral part of Australian healthcare


Podiatry is a growing profession with an increasingly important role in the prevention and treatment of painful, occasionally debilitating and sometimes dangerous, foot and lower limb conditions. The feet contain more than a quarter of the bones in the human body. They are weight-bearers, mobile adaptors and our basic form of transport for most of our lives.


At UWA we train our graduates in the skills required to maintain these crucial roles. But healthcare is not just about treatment. We develop our students into professionals who understand how to communicate with patients, regardless of their demographic, how to optimise results and how to add value to every consultation. Our students are taught research and critical thinking skills, together with the benefits of teamwork, partnership working and collaboration.

UWA has the only course in podiatric medicine in WA, and the only doctorate in Australia

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We work with local and national partners to advance knowledge of podiatric practice and surgery

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We have fully equipped clinics for supervised hands-on training


Doctor of Podiatric Medicine

The Doctor of Podiatric Medicine is a three-year course with scientific, professional and clinical teaching at its core. Beginning with a foundation year focusing on normal systems, whole body anatomy and physiology, years two and three provide intensive teaching and training in podiatric medicine and related subjects.

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Doctor of Podiatry

This qualification provides an excellent postgraduate development opportunity to qualified podiatrists who wish either to pursue research as a career direction or add research to their knowledge base. Expert supervision and support are its keystone.

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High-quality research is the basis of all safe and effective professional practice. The podiatry programs at UWA teach and instil this principle as a core standard.

At UWA we apply available research evidence to our practice and teaching. We are also growing our own research program, offering PhDs and research opportunities, and providing dedicated time for our academic team to undertake their own projects.

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