Diabetes is a chronic condition characterised by high blood glucose levels. It is associated with a range of complications including Diabetes-Related Foot Disease. Diabetes and Diabetes-Related Foot Disease are disproportionately prevalent in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.
NSW Ministry of Health, along with several partners, codesigned the Healthy Deadly Feet (HDF) Project which aims to increase the Aboriginal workforce in foot care and podiatry in NSW Health and improve Diabetes-Related Foot Disease outcomes for Aboriginal people in NSW.
The HDF Project is supported by several stakeholders including:
Healthy Deadly Feet works with Aboriginal Health Workers (AHWs), Aboriginal Health Practitioners (AHPs) and Aboriginal Allied Health Assistants (AAHAs) in participating LHDs and SHNs in NSW. These healthcare workers will receive education and training through HETI and TAFE NSW to become a HDF workforce. This workforce will be qualified and able to provide care for Diabetes-Related Foot Disease across three domains:
Healthy Deadly Feet combines workforce, education, and clinical service strategies through partnerships to:
Aboriginal people living with or at risk of diabetes-related foot disease are encouraged to connect with local Healthy Deadly Feet services where they are available.
There are a range of career opportunities for Aboriginal people to work as part of the Healthy Deadly Feet team including as Podiatrists, Allied Health Assistants, Aboriginal Health Workers and Aboriginal Health Practitioners.
Follow the links below to get involved:
Support is available to organisations within NSW Health to implement the program including as part of the
Leading Better Value Care initiative.
For more information please follow the links below: