Bachelor Podiatry, Master Health Science (Podiatry)
After graduating from La Trobe University in 2003, Adrian moved from Melbourne to Bendigo to work as a podiatrist in private practice at Bendigo Foot Clinic, where he stayed for 6 years. During this time, he completed a Masters of Health Science (Podiatry) through the University of South Australia, specialising in advanced biomechanics and paediatrics. This was to complement his special interest in foot and gait dynamics and orthoses. Whilst in this position, he developed his skills in orthotic fabrication and modification, along with shoe adjustment and insole manufacture.
In 2010, he moved to Ballarat, where he took up a Senior Podiatrist role managing the podiatry department at Ballarat District Nursing and Healthcare (now BDNH Group). Working closely with the nursing team, Adrian further developed his skills in high-risk management and wound care, along with management of a diverse group of patients, including those in at-risk populations. As a manager, he has been involved with the strategic development of BDNH, as well as growing the podiatry department to expand services into neighbouring regions. Whilst at BDNH, Adrian has also been involved in larger projects with other organisations, including expanding services into Supported Residential Services in Ballarat and an HACC-based training program for Community Care Workers to give them the skills to assist clients with their own foot care and provide a referral pathway should these clients have any foot issues. This latter project was done in collaboration with Ballarat Community Health, City of Ballarat and Department of Health, and has been rolled out into surrounding shires.
Outside of the clinic, Adrian has been an active advocate in the larger healthcare environment. From 2010-14 he was a member of the Department of Health Victoria: Clinical Placements Network (now Clinical Training Network) Executive, where he was involved in improving the clinical placements and training of students in all healthcare settings, to better prepare them for their careers and bolster the quality of health practitioners in the future. He is also a regional allied health mentor with the Ally Project and a graduate of the Leadership Ballarat and Western Region Leaders Forum 2013.