Business Mentoring for Health Professionals

Healthia Limited is a publicly listed corporation looking to grow to be one of Australia’s foremost allied health companies that offers podiatry, physiotherapy and related services. The company is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange with the sale of a $26.8 million Initial Public Offer (IPO). Healthia is the holding company that is the owner of and runs over 70 MyFootDr podiatry offices throughout Australia. Additionally, they operate the foot orthotics lab, iOrthotics and have a 50 per cent share of DBS Medical that supplies medical products. The Initial public offering proceeds were used to invest in purchasing of more podiatry practices plus some physiotherapy and hand therapy clinics. They feel that Australia’s very fragmented allied health market offers a commercial opportunity for them to offer integrated services to meet the demand for physiotherapy and podiatry solutions as the population will become older. They expect to do this by supporting clinicians reduce management worries within their practices. The vertically incorporated businesses such as iOrthotics and DBS Medical is going to be useful to drive buying synergies, and also to optimise the procedures of current businesses, generating cost savings with the increased size and improve practice administration.

One of the pioneers of MyFootDr, Greg Dower, was a guest on PodChatLive, the podiatry livestream show. He is currently the Chief Business Development Officer at MyFootDr. He is the podiatrist for the Australian cricket team and is the lead in the Elvis Presley tribute group called the Blue Cats. This reference to Elvis has received Greg plenty of attention in the business press regarding the the IPO of Healthia. In the PodChatLive live, Greg spoke with the hosts about his journey coming from being a sole practitioner to co-owning a chain of over 50 podiatry offices (which employed over 100 podiatrists) ahead of the IPO and further expansion. He discussed the extensive coaching program they have got for new graduates, and his work smarter and harder philosophy. At the conclusion of the talk greg briefly showed us round his Graceland influenced house.

Can manual therapy help foot problems?

PodChatLive is the weekly live hosted on Facebook for the regular education of Podiatrists and other people who may be interested in the topics that the live addresses. While the livestream goes out live on Facebook the recorded edition is at a later time added to YouTube. Every episode features a different person or number of experts to go over a different topic in each episode. Queries are addressed live by the hosts and guests during the live stream on Facebook. You will find a PodCast edition of each stream offered on iTunes and also Spotify and the other traditional podcast platforms. They have gathered a substantial following that is still growing. PodChatLive can be considered one of many methods through which podiatry practitioners could possibly get free professional development credits, points or hours.

One of the most popular and contentious show which they did was one with the physiotherapist, Adam Meakins where they talked about what exactly manual therapy is and just what effects it has and much more what exactly he considers that it doesn’t do, and that's why he considers it “sucks”. In addition they discussed topics such as subluxed cuboids, pelvic balance, trigger points and palpation pareidolia. A few preceding lives with other guests have been pro manual therapies and this ended up being absolutely an anti-manual therapy stream. Used together these lives can offer those a great report about the pros and cons with the debates for and against the usage of manual treatment in clinical practice. Lots of this is dependant on the standard of the research and how one prefers to spin that data to back up what you may or may not believe in. Adam Meakins is a physical therapist in the United Kingdom in which he works as an expanded Scope Practitioner both in the NHS as well as the private sector located in and around Hertfordshire, England. Adam operates the Sports Physio internet site as well as a variety of courses for physiotherapists. Adam has a leading social media presence, typically arguing manual therapy topics.