The feet contain almost a quarter of all the bones in our bodies – it’s essential to take care of them. Podiatry is a health care practice devoted to the study, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle and lower leg. These range from issues around sporting injuries, gait function, biomechanics and acute conditions like diabetes. A podiatry degree from Southern Cross will develop your capacity to become an ethical and innovative practitioner with professional skills in sound diagnosis and the treatment of patients.

Career outcomes can include: 

  • Podiatrist in private practice
  • Specialist in treating children, adults, athletes or people with acute conditions
  • Professional in hospital specialised teams
  • Practise in community settings
  • Diabetic care
  • Health promotion and education.

Why are there 4,400 amputations every year in Australia?

Why study podiatry at Southern Cross?

  • Extensive clinical placements in hospitals, private practice and our on-campus Health Clinic
  • State-of-the-art facilities and equipment
  • Course accreditation with Australian New Zealand Podiatry Accreditation Council (ANZPAC).
  • Podiatry Board of Australia registration as a podiatry practitioner
  • Option to undertake a 5-year double degree in podiatry and pedorthics
  • 89% of Southern Cross health graduates gain employment shortly after graduation - Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching 2018

Bachelor of Podiatry

The Bachelor of Podiatry prepares students for entry into professional podiatry practice. Podiatry is a branch of health care devoted to the study, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle and lower leg. Within the field of podiatry, practitioners can focus on many different specialty areas, including surgery, sports medicine, biomechanics, geriatrics, paediatrics and primary care.

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Bachelor of Pedorthics

Pedorthics is an allied health specialisation that focuses on biomechanics and improving foot function to promote better mobility.

Our Bachelor of Pedorthics is the only degree of its kind offered by a university in Australia. It prepares you for a career as a specialist in the design and manufacture of shoes and orthotics to maximise performance of feet and treat lower limb conditions.

You'll learn about health conditions that affect the feet, the mechanics of gait, entrepreneurship, footwear design and footwear production.

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Bachelor of Podiatry/Bachelor of Pedorthics

This double degree is ideal for careers in both disciplines, and particularly for podiatrists who can extend their practice into the manufacture of medical-grade footwear and other orthotic devices, such as ankle foot orthoses.

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