Podiatry

Dinealle Cagliarini – is our new Podiatrist at Southern Migrant & Refugee Centre, Dandenong.

Dinealle is a graduate of a Masters in Podiatric Practice, having completed her studies at Latrobe University. In addition to her Podiatry qualification, she is a Registered Nurse with 20 years of experience – working in both community and hospital care settings. Dinealle has extensive experience in wound care and Diabetes health, and is extremely passionate about providing high-quality, accessible Podiatry care to the wide community

The need for a Podiatry service for SMRC has been evidenced by way of the support groups, where Diabetes and associated complications have become an increasingly important issue – it is the hope that the establishment of the service will help bridge the gap in care.

What is Podiatry?

Podiatry is the study of the foot and lower limb, and focuses on ensuring optimal foot health – thereby maintaining independence & quality of life. Podiatrist’s manage and prevent lower limb complications of chronic diseases – like Diabetes, Osteoarthritis, Peripheral neuropathy & Vascular disease. We diagnose & treat skin and nail pathologies, including dermatitis and fungal infection, and performing minor procedures like wart treatment & Ingrown toe nail removal.

Good foot health is achieved through ongoing monitoring and management, especially important for those with circulation problems and diabetes who’s ability to heal is compromised. Podiatrists aim to maintain mobility of all clients; adults, children, elderly, those living with disability. This is achieved through gait analysis, musculoskeletal assessment, footwear advice & modifications, casting & orthoses, and prescribing walking aids.

Our feet are precious. They allow us to do all the things we love in life, including walking and playing – so let’s look after them together…

Services operate every Monday from 39 Clow St, Dandenong. Appointments can be made by calling 03 9767 1900.

Contact Person:

Vivian Yong
alliedhealth@smrc.org.au