Nikki expands podiatry services

PODIATRIST Nikki Edwards
General
Wednesday, 6 June 2012
PODIATRY services have been boosted in Portland with the appointment of Nikki Edwards to Active Health Portland.

Ms Edwards will now provide services to both Active Health Portland and Portland District Health on a part-time basis.

She explained that the separate positions attracted a different clientele.  “At PDH we have a different funding base, and the service is provided under Home and Community Care.

At Active Health Portland it is open to everybody on a fee paying basis.   We can see people under Veterans affairs, private patients and those on Medicare care plans,” she said.


Podiatry is an in-demand allied health profession around regional Victoria.  “It is always a challenge to get people to (work in) the country, but I don’t know why,” she said.  “All my experience has been rural-based and I thoroughly enjoy it.”

Ms Edwards graduated from the University of South Australia in 1993 and has since worked in private and public podiatry in South Australia, Queensland and Victoria.

She moved to Portland six years ago, firstly taking up private practice before joining PDH two years ago.


She played a key role in planning facilities and equipment for the podiatry room in the new Active Health Portland centre.“Everything is brand new and makes for a great working
environment,” she said.


A new machine to undertake circulation testing, particularly for people with diabetes, has added to the services being offered.


“Podiatry suits me because I like to be able to help people,” she said. “We work primarily with elderly people and, to be able to help them to improve their lifestyle and ability to do things, is very pleasing.”


Ms Edwards said the opportunity to work part-time was also appealing, because she has a young family.


She is available for appointments at Active Health Portland on Mondays and Tuesdays.

STORY BY Portland Observer.  PICTURE BY Josh Nash, Portland Observer.


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