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The Department of Podiatry in Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN) is a specialist unit focusing on preventing foot and lower limb amputations in patients with complex medical conditions. The service provides daily inpatient and outpatient clinics at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and regular care of inpatients at Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre.

The service aims to identify patients at high risk of amputation and implement an appropriate management plan with an inter-disciplinary focus. Care is provided to those patients with post-amputation sites, active ulceration, infection and structural deformities of the foot and ankle. The service endeavours to optimise wound healing, reduce hospitalisations, facilitate suitable discharge and prevent readmission.

The department has a commitment to continued professional development activities, such as international and national conference attendance, workshops, courses and research to ensure ongoing best evidence based practice is achieved. All clinical staff and students are registered with the ‘Podiatry Board of Australia’.

Podiatry is the contact for placement in the Multi-disciplinary Foot/Diabetic Foot clinic. This clinic is an assessment clinic for complex presentations requiring input from multiple services including vascular surgery, endocrinology as well as podiatry.

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