Deb Schoen

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PhD Candidate WA Centre for Rural Health

Diploma of Applied Science (Podiatry), Curtin University
Master of International Health, Curtin University 

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Professional Background: 

Deb is a podiatrist with 20 years experience in the profession. This has included 9 years rural podiatry in the Wheatbelt, 5 years high risk foot podiatry at Royal Perth Hospital and 5 years in community health. In addition, Deb has always worked in private practice podiatry.

Key research

Deb obtained a continuing health education grant around the high risk foot, inter professional education to:

• supply culturally appropriate diabetes foot care patient educational materials;

• train health professionals how to do a foot screening and what to do with the outcome of the screening.

The aim is to establish a network and pathway. Deb will continue to support professionals with quarterly video conferencing with members of a high risk foot team.  The link below provides an overview of the High Risk Foot Model of Care project.

Project details


High risk foot model of care working group

Australian Podiatry Council

WA Podiatry Association










Schoen DE, Norman PE. Diabetic foot disease in Indigenous People. Diabetes Management. 2014; 4(6):489-500.

Norman PE, Schoen DE, Nedkoff L. Partial foot amputations may not always be worth the risk of complications. Med J Aust. 2014;200(11):634, 6.

Schoen D, Glance D, Aggarwal S, Thompson S. An electronic diabetes foot risk calculator. Journal of Foot and Ankle Research. 2013;6(Suppl 1):P15

Schoen D, Balchin D, Thompson S. Health promotion resources for Aboriginal people: lessons learned from consultation and evaluation of diabetes foot care resources. Health Promot J Austr. 2010;21(1):64-9.

Milne TE, Schoen DE, Bower VM, Burrows SA, Westphal C, Gurr JM. Healing times of diabetic foot ulcers: investigating the influence of infection and peripheral arterial disease. The Journal of Diabetic Foot Complications. 2013;5(2):29-38

Jilbert E, Schoen, D. Trewben, B. Gurr, J.  A retrospective audit of active Charcot neuroarthropathy in a tertiary hospital podiatry department. Journal of Foot & Ankle Research 2011 4(Suppl 1): P30







































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