Lifestyle

Podiatrists in demand

AN AGEING population for some may mean a strain on aged car services and lower fertility rates, but for podiatrists it means a booming trade.

Australia's ageing population has resulted in an increase in the demand for podiatry work and a significant industry shortage, the Queensland University of Technology has found.

Podiatry Associate Professor Lloyd Reed said 40 per cent of people would have a foot problem in their lifetime.

And as Australian's get older and the drive to keep baby boomers active gets stronger, the demand for the medical profession is predicted to increase.

As it stands, there are fewer than 650 podiatrists practicing in Queensland, which is not nearly enough, Ass Prof Reed said.

"We definitely need more podiatrists than that, particularly in the area of diabetes," he said.

"Diabetics foot complications are a big issue for the health care system and podiatrists can prevent those problems from occurring.

"Foot problems become much more common over the age of 60. There will be a big need for podiatrists to keep baby boomers active and on their feet.

"There also is an increased awareness of foot health in the community in areas such as sport and paediatrics."

According to the Bureau of Statistics, the average age of an Australian has increased by 4.8 years over the past to decades from 32.1 years of age to 36.9.

Queensland has the third youngest population in Australia at 36.2 years.

The podiatry demand has even prompted QUT to introduce a new podiatry graduate degree, which will fast track students into the industry.

Topics:  health, lifestyle, podiatrists


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Ipswich man guilty of sodomising 15yo girl: Appeal failed

Young Ipswich man fails to appeal sodomy conviction

Greyhound trainer sticks by guilty plea

SENTENCE PENDING: Tom Noble leaves Ipswich District Court.

Tom Noble won't use illegal tapes as live baiting defence

Device a helmet, not a spit mask, says Minister

The 17-year-old surrounded by officers in the Brisbane Correctional Centre in 2013. (Supplied)

Restraint used on 17-year-old inmate at Wacol, near Ipswich

Latest deals and offers

Lawyers want teens out of adult jails

A TOP Queensland lawyer has called on the government to remove 17-year-olds from adult jails.

Ipswich man guilty of sodomising 15yo girl: Appeal failed

Young Ipswich man fails to appeal sodomy conviction

Greyhound trainer sticks by guilty plea

SENTENCE PENDING: Tom Noble leaves Ipswich District Court.

Tom Noble won't use illegal tapes as live baiting defence

Device a helmet, not a spit mask, says Minister

The 17-year-old surrounded by officers in the Brisbane Correctional Centre in 2013. (Supplied)

Restraint used on 17-year-old inmate at Wacol, near Ipswich

Bikie Laws: MP compares bikie logos to burqas

Outlaw motorcycle gang colours and logos would be outlawed under the proposed changes.

"Are you going to become the fashion police?"

Sentencing in "complex" live-baiting case pushed back

A protester outside Ipswich courthouse where Tom Noble will be sentenced on animal cruelty charges.

Racing identity Tom Noble to learn his fate next Tuesday

Die-hard fan's 34 magic Gympie Muster years

STICK AROUND FOR A BEER: Mal Williams has been at every Gympie Muster for 34 years.

Mal Williams has only missed one Muster in 35 years - the first one

Zumbo's Willy Wonka hat trick trips up Queensland brickie

Adriano Zumbo and Rachel Khoo with Zumbo's floating dessert in a scene from Zumbo's Just Desserts.

NOOSA'S Michael Basset asked to recreate floating chocolate dish.

John Lennon's killer denied parole for 9th time

John Lennon

John Lennon's killer has been denied parole for the ninth time.

Mexican band takes aim at Trump

Disguised as unhinged narcotraficantes, the Mexican-American agitators of BRUJERIA captured the mood of the citys minorities with the bands infamous and widely banned 1993 debut, Matando Geros (Killing White People), quickly becoming the Spanish-language counterparts to early grindcore masters TERRORIZER and NAPALM DEATH.  Photo Contributed

'Satanic drug lord' band challenges Trump

Willy Wonka star, Gene Wilder dead at 83

A still of Gene Wilder in the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Social media has already lit up with tributes to the late actor.

Gladstone couple's spontaneous Gympie Muster wedding

Craig Oglesby and Brenda Strong celebrate their wedding at the Gympie Muster with punters in front of the Main Stage.

The Gympie Music Muster was the perfect place for a wedding.

Australian Survivor's Peter: I'm no quitter

Australian Survivor contestant Peter Fiegehen.

ILLNESS forces castaway's early exit from Samoa.

Palm Lake Resort set to move in to Coast with 276 villas

Palm Lake Group has been given approval by Sunshine Coast Council to build a 276-villa over 50s resort and 120-bed aged care facility at the intersection of Caloundra Rd and Caloundra Mooloolaba Rd in Little Mountain.

New facility planned for Caloundra Rd

Warning for unit investors with price plummet prediction

The warning signs are flashing for one real estate sector in 2017 despite others performing the best they have in years and it's not going to be pretty.

One real estate sector looks set for a rocky 2017

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m