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The Bachelor of Podiatry equips graduates with the ability to diagnose, treat and manage debilitating conditions affecting the feet and lower limbs. Such afflictions include sports and overuse injuries, skin and nail disorders, neurological and circulatory conditions, foot and leg pain in children and management of foot problems associated with systemic disease such as diabetes. Substantial clinical placement is offered in a variety of health settings in local, national and mandatory rural area placements.
Graduates are eligible to apply for registration as a podiatrist with the Podiatry Board of Australia, are able to seek employment anywhere in Australia and are eligible for registration in other countries including the United Kingdom. Opportunities are available in hospitals, rehabilitation units, community health centres, outpatient clinics, private practices, aged care facilities, management, teaching and research.
Graduates of this program will be podiatrists, eligible for registration with the Podiatry Board of Australia.
Further StudyHigher levels of completed study beyond the Bachelor of Podiatry degree are available for students wishing to enter specialist areas of Podiatric practice such as Podiatric Surgery of teaching and research, and for this reason it is worthwhile considering the range of Honours, Research Higher Degrees (RHD), Postgraduate Coursework and additional study options available. These options may also be useful for specialising in a particular area, or to stimulate career change. Some of the future options following a Podiatry degree include:
Honours is a one year stand-alone program, completed after successfully fulfilling the requirements of the undergraduate degree
After completing a degree there are a broad range of postgraduate options available in a variety of fields which can allow you to specialise in a particular area of interest or build upon your existing knowledge base. To explore such options please visit the Postgraduate Handbook at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/program/postgraduate/.
The Bachelor of Podiatry is a very specialised qualification and graduates are likely to find work in private practice or possibly hospital settings. The jobs listed below include more detailed information on the typical career paths for Podiatry graduates.
Upon completion of the Bachelor of Podiatry, graduates will be eligible for registration as a Podiatrist. Areas such as Podiatric Surgery will require the completion of further study to gain qualification.
Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for graduates with the skills gained upon completion of the Bachelor of Podiatry.
Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.
Getting the Edge
Most employers seek to recruit people who have relevant work experience and an appreciation for their industry. Here is a check list of ideas about gaining experience and industry knowledge.
- Check the type of experience most employers in your field of interest expect. Don’t overlook the part time work you may be currently doing. Most employers understand that the skills are transferrable even if the work is not in their industry.
- Check your academic program for any courses that involve a placement or the opportunity to undertake an industry based project.
- Check your school for Summer Scholarships for research opportunities.
- Check vacancy sites for advertised traineeships, part time employment and vacation work opportunities in your field.
- Source and approach organisations directly about possible work shadowing or information interview opportunities.
- Source and approach organisations directly for paid work opportunities.
- Consider volunteering.
Note: Gaining experience may be important but not at the expense of your studies. Make sure you do not overload your timetable with unrealistic work commitments.
Check employers' websites for a section called Employment, Careers, Graduate Programs or similar titles. Some of these employers may offer vacation work opportunities.
- ACON (Australia)
- ACT Health (Australia)
- Corrective Services NSW (Australia)
- Eastern Health (Australia)
- Healthscope Limited (Australia)
- Medicins Sans Frontieres (Australia)
- Newcastle Foot & Ankle Clinic (Australia)
- Northern Health (Australia)
- NT Health (Australia)
Some large organisations have specific graduate recruitment programs designed to employ the pick of graduates each year. You must be in your final year of study or recently completed to apply for these programs. The timing of these recruitment drives varies and may occur at any point in the academic year, in some cases starting as early as the first few weeks of the first semester or trimester.
Find out if employers in your area/s of interest have graduate programs, when they typically recruit and what recruitment methods they use. Check with the Careers Service .
Job Prospects and Salary
For up-to-date information please see Job Outlook Australia. This site provides basic Australian labour market information including job prospects, skills requirements and salaries. You might try some of the classifications below as a guide on this site.
Societies and Associations
Associations and societies often provide relevant and up to date information about a variety of issues relating to specific industry sectors. These can be a good starting point to learn more about occupations through profiles, industry news, links to academic journals and information on research developments. Many also offer student membership, conference and professional development activities, newsletters and the opportunity to participate in projects.
- AIMS - Australian Institute of Mine Surveyors Limited (Australia)
- Australasian Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine Inc (Australia)
- The Australasian College of Podiatric Surgeons (Australia)
- Australasian Podiatry Council (Australia)
- Australian and New Zealand Podiatry Accreditation Council (Australia)
Don’t overlook student societies and associations. As well as student chapters of professional associations, some faculties or schools have discipline based student associations. Check your school or faculty web site; perhaps you might start one if one doesn’t exist.
Some academic disciplines run Seminar Programs that involve regular seminars presented by University of Newcastle academics, visiting academics and postgraduate students. Check your schools website for the timetable.
Job Search Sites
Searching job sites is a good way to gain an understanding of: industries recruiting professionals in this field; types of roles and the requirements or expectations of employers for these roles. There are many online job search sites, here are a few to start with:
Australian and International
- CareerHub: the University of Newcastle Careers Service careers and job search site for enrolled students and graduates.
- CareerOne: Australia wide job listings, all levels and industries including executive positions
- MyCareer: Australian and international listings
- Seek: comprehensive Australian job listings, also includes New Zealand and UK listings
- The Big Chair: Management and Executive Jobs
Bachelor of Podiatry graduates will have the skills, abilities and knowledge sought after by a broad range of employers. On completion of the degree, graduates can expect:
- A current and in-depth knowledge of podiatry and the roles of a podiatrist
- The ability to work safely and effectively as a podiatrist
- The ability to contribute to and work effectively in multidisciplinary health teams with other practitioners
- The ability to identify and analyse complex problems within podiatry practice and develop solutions to these problems
- The knowledge and skills to perform in a socially responsible manner, to communicate complex concepts effectively, and to engage in life-long learning.