Mr Matthew West

Casual Academic

School of Health Sciences

Career Summary

Biography

Mr West is a Wiradjuri man currently living and working on the Central Coast of NSW. In 2013, Mr West graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Podiatry. In 2015, Mr West completed his honours by research focusing on how his local Aboriginal community currently accesses podiatry services. Mr West currently holds concurrent positions as an Associate Lecturer and Clinical Educator at the University of Newcastle. Mr West is currently a Board Member of the Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council and the Indigenous Allied Health Association.

In 2013, Mr West was the first person to successfully complete the Central Coast Indigenous Health Cadetship Program from an allied health discipline. Through this program, Mr West worked as a new graduate podiatrist in the Central Coast Local Health District (CCLHD) where he gained extensive experience in wound care, diabetes assessment and general podiatric care. Mr West has helped co-ordinate and provide foot health screenings at the annual CCLHD NAIDOC event since 2012. Following his time at the CCLHD he received a position at the University of Newcastle as an Associate Lecturer and Clinical Supervisor to compliment his Honours studies. This allowed him to broaden his clinical experience to include paediatric assessment and nail surgery as well as skills in clinical supervision, facilitation, education and mentoring.

Mr West’s research focus includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander chronic health conditions effecting the lower limb. He has research experience in clinical auditing which he plans to expand as part of his current PhD.

Following working his graduate year in the Central Coast Local Health District podiatry department Mr West developed and implemented a podiatry outreach program at his local AMS. This process included successfully applying for grant funding; informing, developing and implementing a stakeholder framework; community consultation and recruitment; and developing clinical policies. The Eleanor Duncan AMS now has a fully funded bulk billing podiatry service specialising in diabetic assessment, wound care and general care. As part of this program, Mr West is also working with the University of Newcastle stakeholders to develop a referral partnership to allow patients of the AMS to receive more podiatry services (such as nail surgery and orthosis therapy) which are not Medicare funded at minimal or no cost.

Mr West was a key collaborator in receipt of $20,000 from the Rural Doctors Network to establish a podiatry outreach clinic within Eleanor Duncan AMS, which also has ongoing funding for a podiatrist. Mr West is also a recipient of a Lowitja Institute PhD grant of $110,000 over three years, to begin in June 2016.



Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Health Science (Honours), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Podiatry, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Diabetes
  • Diabetes and high risk foot managment
  • Health models and clinical practice

Languages

  • English (Mother)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
School of Health Sciences
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2014 - 28/02/2015 Podiatrist Central Coast Local Health District
Podiatry

Awards

Award

Year Award
2013 Future Leader In Indigenous Allied Health
Indigenous Allied Health Australia
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Mr Matthew West

Position

Casual Academic
School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Contact Details

Email matthew.west@newcastle.edu.au

Office

Location Ourimbah
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah, NSW 2258
Australia
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