Podiatry

For Patients and Visitors

What is the Service?

A podiatrist is an allied health professional who deals with foot and ankle conditions of all ages. Podiatrists at Northern Health work within a variety of services with other health professionals using evidence based practise.

Individuals can expect to receive clinic or home based treatment by a podiatrist depending on their individual needs. Individuals may invite a family member or carer to be there too to help answer any questions. Individuals will also receive ongoing written and verbal correspondence to their referrer and GP regarding their individual podiatry needs. In addition, Northern Health patients have access to the provision of Interpreter Service.

What do I bring/need for my appointment?

*Medicare card
* Glasses/Hearing aids
* An up to date list of medications
* Relevant blood test results/Imaging results (X-Ray/MRI)
* The name and clinic address of your GP
* Current footwear

Contact us

Northern Hospital, Epping Podiatry Inpatient Office 8405 2736
pager: 033 FPU@nh.org.au
Northern Hospital, Epping Foot Procedure Unit 8405 8017 FPU@nh.org.au
Craigieburn Podiatry Office 8338 3041 Podiatry@nh.org.au
Broadmeadows Hospital Podiatry Office 8345 5273 Podiatry@nh.org.au
Bundoora Podiatry Office 9495 3465 Podiatry@nh.org.au

To enquire about your referral:

Free Call:      1300 128 539

Email:     Community.Access.Helpdesk@nh.org.au

 

For Health Professionals

Service Overview

The Podiatry team operates across the Northern Hospital, Epping , Broadmeadows Hospital , Bundoora  and Craigieburn. All Podiatrists are supported by a strong supervision framework facilitated by senior staff in the department. The Podiatry department at Northern Health has a role within the acute, sub-acute and ambulatory clinical settings. It encompasses all aspects of podiatric care, working within numerous multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary services. The Podiatry department employs evidence based practice to empower individuals to achieve their goals concerning mobility, function and independence.

Department Structure

The Podiatry Department is led by the Associate Director of Podiatry and Orthotics with support from the senior podiatrists, providing operational leadership. The clinical team consists of senior Podiatrists (both Acute and subacute), Advanced practicing Podiatrist- Musculoskeletal and Grade 2 and Grade 1 Podiatrists.

Services and programs
The Northern Hospital, Epping provides Podiatry services 5 days per week in the following key clinical areas:
• Medical and Surgical Inpatients
• Geriatric Evaluation and Management (GEM) Inpatients (Kilmore Hospital)
• Emergency Department
• Foot Procedure Unit
• Total Contact Casting (TCC) Clinic
• Nail Wedge Resection Surgery Clinic
• Orthopaedics Screening & Assessment Clinic
• Renal Service

Bundoora  provides Podiatry services in the following key clinical areas:
• Geriatric Evaluation and Management (GEM) Inpatients
• Transition Care Program (TCP) – bed based (St Vincent’s Care Services – Eltham, Regis – Fawkner)
• Community Therapy Services (centre and home based services)
• National Disability Insurance Scheme
• Chronic Wound Service
• Falls and Balance Service
• Hospital Admission Risk Program (HARP) Diabetes Service

Broadmeadows Hospital provides Podiatry services in the following key clinical areas:
• Rehab Inpatients
• Medical Inpatients
• Aged Acute Inpatients
• Community Therapy Services (centre and home based services)
• Orthopaedics Screening & Assessment Clinic
• Chronic Wound Service
• Hospital Admission Risk Program (HARP) Diabetes Service
• Renal Service

Craigieburn  provides Podiatry services in the following key clinical areas:
• Community Therapy Services (centre and home based services)
• Chronic Wound Service
• Paediatric Service

Inclusion criteria:

Adult Inclusion criteria:
• Active ulceration to the foot in a person where the referral is from an internal or external service with relevant radiology and pathology
• History of recent falls and foot condition, where the referral is from an internal or external Service
• Complex medical condition (e.g. diabetes, rheumatoid arthritic or chronic kidney/renal disease) and a foot condition (e.g. foot pain, foot deformity, nail or skin condition), where the referral is from an internal, NH external service, medical specialist, community health podiatrist or private podiatrist.
• Musculoskeletal or neurological condition affecting function/mobility (e.g. Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, peripheral neuropathy, foot pain), where the referral is from an internal, NH external service, medical specialist, community health podiatrist or private podiatrist
Paediatric Inclusion criteria:
• Children aged b/w 0-18 years with developmental delay
• Children aged b/w 0-18 years with foot pain/pathology

Exclusion criteria:

Adult Exclusion criteria:
• Leg/ankle ulcer (above ankle)
• Non-complex client with onychomycosis/fungal nail infection
• Home based therapy for clients outside of catchment or for low risk nail therapy
Paediatric Exclusion criteria:
• Aged over 18 years

How to Refer:

Internal Referrals:
Refer via CPF referral form

External Referrals:
Please send all referrals to specialist clinics central intake

Intake Fax: 9495 3510

Intake email: specialistclinics@nh.org.au

Referrals are usually processed within three business days.
Processing involves checking eligibility; ensuring referral contains all required information and determining the priority status of the referral. The referrer will be contacted re referrals that have insufficient content.

Referral must include:

Minimum requirement for all referrals is that they are ISBAR compliant.

Referral must include:

  • Past medical history
  • Medication history Functional status and social situation
  • Functional status and social situation
  • Current community services/supports involved
  • Consent to refer to Podiatry  

Alternative service options:

External services

  • Community Health Podiatry
  • Private Podiatry Practices

Director/Head of Unit:

Associate Director of Podiatry & Orthotics Stephen Tucker 0438 332 749 Stephen.Tucker@nh.org.au

Enquiries:

The Northern Hospital,Epping Podiatry Inpatient Office 8405 2736
pager: 033 FPU@nh.org.au
The Northern Hospital, Epping Foot Procedure Unit 8405 8017 FPU@nh.org.au
CHS Podiatry Office 8338 3041 Podiatry@nh.org.au
BHS Podiatry Office 8345 5273 Podiatry@nh.org.au
BECC Podiatry Office 9495 3465 Podiatry@nh.org.au