FUN fact: Bendigo Community Health Services podiatrist Emma Millard is a former Victorian artistic roller skating champion.
In fact, it was her talent for twisting and gliding around the roller rink that prompted her to consult a podiatrist for the first time as a child.
“I had high arches and was having trouble with some of the moves balance-wise, so I went and saw a podiatrist, had some orthotics made and they made a huge difference,” says Emma.
“I still have the same ones now, about 20 years later, and wear them if I play sport.”
The experience didn’t immediately inspire her towards the profession, but it left enough of an impression that when she was considering various health careers at the end of high school, podiatry ended up at the top of her list.
Emma graduated from La Trobe University in Melbourne in 2009, worked in a private practice in Bendigo for just over a year, and was thrilled to join BCHS in February 2011.
“My heart was always in the public health system,” she says. “The patients we see generally have more complex foot problems and their backgrounds are also often more complex.
“Our approach is based on the social model of health where many interacting factors affect someone’s general health, their foot health, and whether or not they follow up on things we ask them to do.
“I have to tailor my approach to ensure the advice and treatment I implement for someone is done with consideration of all those other factors, and is achievable and realistic for them.”