Business Management Training for Podiatrists

Healthia Limited is a publicly listed organization planning to turn out to be among Australia’s foremost allied health companies that offers podiatry, physiotherapy and associated products. 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 corporation which owns and runs over 70 MyFootDr podiatry businesses around Australia. Additionally, they own the foot orthotics laboratory, iOrthotics and have a 50 % stake of DBS Medical that supplies healthcare products. The Initial public offering proceeds were used to fund the purchase of additional podiatry practices plus some physiotherapy and hand therapy businesses. They believe that Australia’s highly fragmented allied health market offers a business opportunity for them to supply bundled solutions in order to meet the demand for physiotherapy and podiatry services since the populace will become older. They hope to do that by supporting clinicians minimize administrative problems within their practices. The vertically integrated companies such as iOrthotics and DBS Medical is going to be useful to push buying synergies, and to enhance the procedures of current practices, making cost savings from the increased scale and advance practice management.

One of the leaders of MyFootDr, Greg Dower, was a guest on PodChatLive, the podiatry chat show. Greg is now the Chief Business Development Officer at MyFootDr. He is the podiatrist for the Australian cricket team and is the lead in the Elvis tribute music group called the Blue Cats. This particular connection with Elvis has gained Greg a lot of interest in the business press regarding the the Initial public offering of Healthia. In the PodChatLive show, Greg talked to the hosts concerning his path coming from being a sole podiatrist to co-owning a chain of over 50 podiatry offices (which employed over 100 podiatrists) ahead of the IPO and further expansion. He talked about the extensive support system they have got for first time graduates, and his work wiser and harder viewpoint. At the conclusion of the discussion he quickly showed us round his Graceland influenced dining area.

What is PodChatLive?

PodChatLive is a regular live show for continuing learning of Podiatrists. The seri ises live on Facebook after which it is later added to You tube. Each episode includes a different person or number of guests to discuss a different issue every time. Queries are responded to live by the hosts and guests through the livestream on Facebook. There is also a PodCast audio version of every episode found on iTunes and Spotify as well as the other usual podcast places. PodChatLive have developed a significant following that continues to grow. The show can be regarded as one of many ways by which podiatrists may get free continuing education credits.


In the 1st event which started everything, it was completely unplanned and a unexpected move to make. One of the creators, Craig Payne from Melbournein Australia found himself in England, UK for 2 days whilst on the way back home from conferences in Spain and Portugal with not much to do. Whilst there he dropped in at Ian Griffith’s home and whilst chatting after dinner they discovered none of them had actually streamed a Facebook Live so they decided to have a go and find out what happens. They did a Facebook Live conversation from Ian’s home. Regardless of the really “amateur” and thoroughly “unrehearsed” nature of the live stream, it was met with amazingly positive comments and they got some deep thinking requests through the livestream. So they started wondering if there is some mileage in doing something like this more frequently. And therefore a regular show was given birth to to in due course be known as, PodChatLive. In this PodChatLive, Craig shares about and reveals which has been the research paper that modified his beliefs the most, plus they talk about junk science, pseudoscience, research translation. Other subjects come up were concerns on what is inappropriate with cuboid syndrome – we all know it whenever we view it, but its hard to define. In addition, they talked about Craig’s preferred international airport to have breakfast at.