Our podiatrists provide high-risk foot services to health service providers and numerous community agencies across the region. The focus of this service is on primary health care, with an emphasis on supporting people with major foot complications, usually as a result of a chronic health condition.
High Risk Foot Model of Care
Our podiatrists provide a high-risk foot model of care aiming to reduce the likelihood of complications through prevention, screening, assessment, treatment and education.
We see clients with complex lower limb conditions and/or who are at medium or high-risk of lower limb loss.
What is a High Risk Foot?
A high-risk foot is defined as a foot with progressive deformity, ulcerations, infection and/or amputation as a result of a person’s underlying medical condition, most commonly diabetes 1.
Services We Provide
Our podiatrists provide services to people at high-risk of developing foot complications including:
- Foot ulcer care – care planning, wound care, client and staff education
- Specialist footwear and orthotic prescription (payment or other funding required)
- Minor nail surgery
- Annual diabetes foot checks
In addition to individual consultations, we aim to provide community-based group education programs, such as Indigenous diabetic foot education, and basic foot-care workshops.
Our podiatrists also provide capacity building activities such as training, in-servicing and mentoring from Aboriginal health workers, allied health staff, medical and nursing staff.
Eligibility to Our Podiatry Services
Our services are reserved for clients at high-risk of developing foot complications including amputations, and we prioritise clinical podiatry services for clients with diabetes, end stage kidney disease and Hansen’s disease who have:
- A current foot ulcer or ulcer infection
- Foot nerve damage (neuropathy)
- Charcot foot (neuroarthropathy)
- Infected ingrown toenail
- Reduced blood flow to feet
- Significant foot deformity
How to Access Our Services
You will need a GP or other health professional referral to access our podiatry service.
Health care providers, please visit our Health Professionals page for details on the referral process and eligibility criteria.
We accept MBS referrals for people with chronic health conditions and complex care needs. This program entitles you to access five (5) free allied health services (including podiatrists, dietitians or diabetes educators).
Your GP must prepare a GP Management Plan or a Team Care Arrangement and complete a Department of Health Issued Referral Form.
More information for health professionals on how to refer to our services is available here.
What to Expect After Your Referral?
Once we have received your referral from your GP or health care provider, you will be contacted by your local health clinic or by Boab Health as soon as an appointment becomes available in your preferred location. If we receive a form that does not meet our referral criteria, please contact your referrer as soon as possible.
Appointment are made based on need, with most urgent referrals being seen at the soonest possible time.
Our Podiatrists provide outreach services to over 25 towns and communities across the Kimberley. Therefore, there may be a wait time to access our services.
You will be contacted by your local health clinic or Boab Health as soon as an appointment becomes available in your preferred location. Please note, referrals must meet our service criteria to be accepted for our podiatry service.
Cost of Services
Our government-funded podiatry services are currently free-of-charge for eligible clients. In the future we may provide Medicare-funded services offered for a fee.
While You Wait For Your Appointment
Please contact your regular health professional if your symptoms worsen or if you have any urgent concerns. For emergency situations, always present to your local hospital or remote clinic.
We provide podiatry services out of our Broome office and the Coolibah Health Centre in Kununurra. We also provide outreach services in partnership with WACHS and KAMS to over 30 locations across the Kimberley.
Telehealth services are available in some instances
For more information on our outreach services
Services We Don’t Provide
We are a high-risk foot podiatrists who provide services to the entire Kimberley region. The nearest private podiatry clinic for standard consultations are in Broome and Darwin.
Please note, we do not provide the following services:
- Biomechanical assessment or treatment (flat feet, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis)
- Foot pain (unless related to sores, wounds or ulcers)
- Corns and callouses
- Nail care
If you suffer from any of the above conditions and need assistance, please visit your nearest podiatry service provider in Broome or Darwin.
Community Programs and Health Promotion
We aim to support patients to self-manage their chronic health conditions at home, to help reduce the need to travel far distances for ongoing treatment.
We also provide workforce development such as in-services and workshops to increase the capacity of health care providers in the region to effectively manage foot health conditions locally.
Regular programs we offer:
- Diabetes One Stop Shop (DOSS) – Brochure
- Foot Action Pack: Supported by Rotary Hawthorn, Foot Action Packs are provided to high risk clients to assist in self-management of foot wounds at home. Read more here.
- Podiatry Offloading Device Kits: We supply Offloading Device Kits to local hospitals to promote wound healing. The kit includes items such as cam-walkers and darco boots to keep people out of hospital.
Please visit our What’s On page to see our upcoming events and program.
1 Department of Health, Western Australia, High Risk Foot Model of Care Perth: Health Networks Branch, Department of Health, Western Australia, 2010.