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Kim-Edwards-Podiatrist

Kim Edwards graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science Podiatry (with Distinction) from Queensland University of Technology in 1995. Since graduating Kim has enjoyed working in many different fields of podiatry including high risk foot care at the PA Hospital, community health centres, sports medicine at the Enoggerra Army Hospital and more recently in private practice at Foot Health Clinic in Samford.

In 2009, Kim was one of 20 experienced health professionals selected by the University of Queensland School of Medicine to participate in the first Australian Physician Assistant Program, graduating in 2011 with a Master’s degree and a Dean’s commendation for High Achievement. As part of the Master’s program, Kim participated in clinical rotations in vascular surgery, orthopaedic surgery, general surgery, internal medicine, and general practice.

Clinical Focus

Paediatrics

In recent years, Kim has developed an interest in podiatry for children (or paediatric podiatry). Kim is currently studying for a certificate in Advanced Rheumatology in Paediatrics. This area of study is aimed at enhancing Kim’s knowledge related to childhood arthritis, joint hypermobility disorders and childhood muscle and bone disorders.

Kim has also attended specialist paediatric podiatry seminars hosted by Australia’s most prominent paediatric podiatrist, Dr. Cylie Williams.

The areas of focus of the paediatrics training included:

  • Gait analysis with a focus on children with autism, developmental delay, nutritional deficiency and neuromuscular conditions
  • Assessment of gross motor skills in children – hop, skip and jump
  • Assessment of balance and coordination in children
  • Use of the ‘Toe Walking Assessment Tool’ to assist in assessing persistent toe walking in young children
  • Assessment of leg and foot pain in young children
  • Effects of joint hypermobility and low muscle tone on foot posture in children.

While studying for her Podiatry degree, Kim worked for the Autistic Children’s Association and for the Cerebral Palsy League, gaining great insight and experience into working with children with autism and cerebral palsy.

Teaching Experience & Research

Kim has contributed to the education of many student podiatrists in Queensland through her association with Queensland University of Technology. Kim’s teaching experience includes lecturing in Podiatric Anaesthesiology as well as providing clinical supervision for podiatry students. In 2002, Kim was awarded a Princess Alexandra Hospital Research Foundation Grant for her research project in diabetes.

Training

Accredited Podiatrist

  • 2015 Advanced Rheumatology (Paediatrics Track) – American College of Rheumatology (due for completion end of 2015)
  • 2014 Specialist Paediatrics seminar, Melbourne with Dr. Cylie Williams
  • 2011 Master of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Queensland
  • 2011 Advanced Wound Management Seminar, Brisbane
  • 2008 Certified in Injection Therapy including Prolotherapy & Neural Therapy
  • 2007 Certified in Advanced Podiatric Acupuncture
  • 2006 Certified in Advanced Musculoskeletal Training
  • 1999 Diabetes Educators Course for Health Professionals
  • 1995 Bachelor of Applied Science – Podiatry (Distinction), QUT
  • 1992 Certified as a Fitness Instructor

Sporting Interests

Ice Skating

Kim has competed at state, national and international level in synchro ice-skating, representing Australia at international ice-skating competitions in Canada, USA, France, Italy and New Zealand.

Hiking and Trekking

Kim has twice completed the Camino de Santiago in Spain, an 800km walking pilgrimage from the french side of the Pyrenees, across the north of Spain to Santiago de Compostela. She also has enjoyed trekking in Nepal and Tasmania with her family, including her twin daughters.

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