• Matthew West

    Associate Lecturer/University of Newcastle

  • Mr West is a Wiradjuri man currently living and working on the Central Coast of New South Wales. In 2013, Mr West graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Podiatry. In 2015, Mr West completed his honours by research focusing on how his local Aboriginal community currently accesses podiatry services. Mr West currently holds concurrent positions as an Associate Lecturer and Clinical Educator at the University of Newcastle. Mr West is currently a Board Member of the Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council and the Indigenous Allied Health Association.

    In 2013, Mr West was the first person to successfully complete the Central Coast Indigenous Health Cadetship Program from an allied health discipline. Through this program, Mr West worked as a new graduate podiatrist in the Central Coast Local Health District (CCLHD) where he gained extensive experience in wound care, diabetes assessment and general podiatric care. Mr West has helped co-ordinate and provide foot health screenings at the annual Central Coast Local Health District NAIDOC event since 2012. Following his time at the Central Coast Local Health District he received a position at the University of Newcastle as an Associate Lecturer and Clinical Supervisor to compliment his Honours studies. This allowed him to broaden his clinical experience to include paediatric assessment and nail surgery as well as skills in clinical supervision, facilitation, education and mentoring.

    Mr West’s research focus includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander chronic health conditions effecting the lower limb. He has research experience in clinical auditing which he plans to expand as part of his current PhD.

    Following working his graduate year in the Central Coast Local Health District podiatry department Mr West developed and implemented a podiatry outreach program at his local AMS. This process included successfully applying for grant funding; informing, developing and implementing a stake.