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Podiatry clinic lets students put best foot forward

A passion for the human body and biotech prompted Jeremy Lippiatt to pursue a career in Podiatry – and now, a new public clinic at CQUniversity Sydney is giving him the experience he needs.

The third-year Bachelor of Podiatry Practice student is doing weekly placement at CQUni’s Podiatry Clinic, doing supervised consultations across a wide range of feet issues.

Centrally located on the ground floor of the Kent St campus, affordably priced and with no doctor’s referral required, the clinic means that any condition can walk through the door – and students are ready for the challenge.

“You get exposed to so many different complaints, which have a variety of different treatment options – it definitely keeps it interesting!” Jeremy said.

Jeremy has already graduated from a Bachelor of Biotechnology with ANU, but wanted to specialise in a field that combined theory with a practical vocation.

“Being able to apply your knowledge is great, you realise where the theory fits the practice and function – and you know you’re helping people,” he said.

A keen basketball player and fan, Jeremy would love to work with a professional sports team, and is also interested in pediatric podiatry.

Fitting casual work at Athlete’s Foot around his study, he hopes to have his own practice one day. Jeremy has already done industry placement as part of his four-year degree, and thanks to CQUni’s new clinic, will easily reach 1000 hours of practical experience by graduation.

“The new clinic is pretty spectacular, there’s a lot of state-of-the-art technology we wouldn’t get to see on other placements,” Jeremy said.

“It’s great using shock wave and ultrasound therapy machines to relieve muscle stress, and every day you’re seeing something new.”

CQUniversity Health Clinic Manager Helen Bourne said student-led clinics were vital for ensuring graduates were confident and capable when they dealt with clients.

“The Sydney clinic is very exciting – as well as staff and students being able to get appointments, it’s a busy area for gyms, so a lot of opportunities to see sport-related injuries,” Helen said.

“And of course, all of our students are under clinical supervision by registered podiatry health professionals, so clients can be confident in the service.”

Helen paid tribute to CQUniversity’s Facilities and ITD team, for the comfortable, welcoming and state-of-the-art clinic fit-out.

Source: CQU

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