- The podiatry priority tool determines a person’s need for podiatry and then their priority level.
- The tool identifies three categories: high priority, medium priority, low priority.
- People with diabetes need a foot health assessment every year under the best practice guidelines.
The community health priority tools are part of the Department of Health & Human Services program to improve access to community health services.
The podiatry priority tool prioritises people who need podiatry services. It applies to both adults and children.
Intake workers without a background in podiatry
Intake workers without a background in podiatry should consult the podiatrist if they cannot determine the level of priority of service.
Services covered by the tool
Podiatry services involve diagnosing and treating ailments or abnormal conditions of the foot. Podiatrists help people maintain their mobility and independence.
People with diabetes need a foot health assessment every year under the best practice guidelines.
When CHSs should use this tool
CHSs should use the podiatry priority tool after they have applied the generic priority tool.
Priority categories for this tool
The podiatry priority tool has three priority categories: high, medium and low. The high priority category includes people with a swollen foot or a wound that is not healing, people with a history of foot ulcers or lower limb amputation and people with a chronic and complex medical condition.
How the tool works
The podiatry priority tool collects information about the person, either from the person directly or from referral documentation. The Community health priority tools document explains the three priority categories.
Reviewed 29 May 2015