Dr Shan Bergin, Chair of the Australian Podiatry Education and Research Foundation (APERF) shares some recent changes as new Trustees join APERF, and previous Trustees leave to pursue other exciting opportunities.
During 2021, two long-standing contributors to the Australian Podiatry Education and Research Foundation (APERF) decided that it was time for them to move on and embrace new and exciting opportunities.
Dr Anita Raspovic joined APERF as a Trustee in 2011 and during her time with the Foundation, she provided a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the areas of high risk foot, plantar pressure analysis, qualitative study methodology and higher education. Anita has recently been awarded her Master of Psychology and is now turning her attention to working in this field as well as continuing in her role as Course Coordinator at La Trobe University.
Dr Susan Nancarrow also joined APERF in 2011 and was the Foundation’s ‘source of truth’ for anything related to health services research and workforce development and capability. Susan was also a passionate advocate for building research capacity within the allied health professions, including podiatry. Susan is currently CEO of HealthWork International, an organisation that seeks to increase workforce effectiveness, efficiency and quality for health care organisations, government, and professional associations.
Whilst the remaining Trustees were sorry to lose such amazing friends and colleagues from APERF, we are excited to introduce you to our newly appointed Trustees, who we know will re-invigorate the Foundation with their clinical and research expertise and their passion for all things ‘podiatry’.
Welcome aboard, we look forward to a long and happy association with each of you.
John is a Senior Lecturer in the Allied Health & Human Performance Unit at the University of South Australia (UniSA). Prior to joining UniSA, John was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine at the University of Leeds funded by a National Health & Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship.
His research and clinical expertise are primarily in musculoskeletal conditions of the foot and ankle, and he has worked in roles across the public and private sectors, including orthopaedic triage.
John’s other research interests more broadly include biomechanics with applications in clinical populations and human performance. John has authored over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research and BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders.
Dr Sheree Hurn is an Ahpra-registered podiatrist and emerging leader in the field of clinical foot and ankle research. She completed her PhD at the University of Queensland in 2013 and is currently a Senior Lecturer in Podiatry at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), School of Clinical Sciences.
Dr Hurn has 16 years of post-graduate experience including clinical, research and education roles. Her research interests include lower limb musculoskeletal disorders, footwear and falls prevention. Her areas of teaching expertise include sports and exercise medicine, gait analysis, evidence-based practice, and clinical education.
She has served on the Boards of the Australian Podiatry Association (Qld) and Menzies Foundation and holds a current Ahpra appointment to the Podiatry Accreditation Committee’s list of approved accreditation assessors.
Peta is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash University. She has worked in a variety of areas within podiatric practice, including private practice in both rural and regional areas, and public practice in a high risk foot clinic.
This gives her real world experience that students appreciate in their clinical education. Peta has post-graduate qualifications in wound care from Monash University and frequently lectures to the Wound Management Association and her local Hunter Wound Interest Group.
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