My research supports the view that many workers are not aware of the impact their workplace has on their physical well being. Conversely, health practitioners, surveyed, indicate that 50% of their patients presenting with back, knee, hip and foot pain, present with symptoms directly attributable to workplace conditions. These conditions include: ergonomics, length of time spent standing or walking, the floor surface they work on, footwear and posture when working.
As well as assisting in general workplace wellbeing, Podiatry plays an important role in the prevention of lower limb Diabetic related complications and in identifying early signs of undiagnosed diabetes or Pre-Diabetes. This involves diabetes Risk Assessment, Hba1C testing, Complications Risk Assessment (checking vascular and neurological markers), health and lifestyle questionnaires, encouraging exercise and assessing biomechanics to remove any impedance to this. Helping the patient understand the relationship between diet, lifestyle and blood sugar and why this can cause complications such as neuropathy, and educating patients on the need for suitable and protective footwear and professional preventative foot care.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (2013),
Around one in five adults with diabetes do not know they have the condition. It is estimated that in Australia, approximately 500,000 people who remain undiagnosed, may well be progressing through the disease process and may develop diabetic complications well before diagnosis. Simple workplace risk assessments can help identify those at risk or as yet undiagnosed.
What We Do
BREAKDOWN THE RISK!
We offer ground floor analysis, based on individual assessment of employee’s health risks for Diabetes and associated chronic health conditions, to give direction for future Workplace Health and Wellness Programmes. Data that is not adhoc, but is meaningful and measurable.
Recommendations for education and programmes driven by employee’s personal health and wellness goals, which are measurable and connected to real health outcomes.
Absenteeism and Presenteeism from injury/illness
Increasing Ageing workforce
Unknown quantity in pre-existing Musculoskeletal conditions
General health issues and Chronic Disease management
Increasing Work Cover premiums
Low worker engagement
Workplace screening, assessment and recommendations
Foot care checks included in executive management health checks
Education and self-management tools
Coordinated podiatry and allied health consultation programs
Training for HR personnel and safety officers
Recommendations for targeted workplace programmes and peersonal wellbeing strategies for those identified art risk.
Early Identification of Injury Indicators
Targeting of problem areas
Preventative strategies linked to reducing Work Cover claims
Who Are We?
WHAA Certified Practitioner
For 35 years I have practiced as Podiatrist and now, as a Certified Workplace Wellness Practitioner, have a great interest in the prevention and treatment of workplace health. Clearly, a timely and collaborative approach is key to the success of resolving these issues.
Member of: Diabetes Australia, Workplace Health Association Australia, Australian Podiatry Association