Leadership Team

Samantha Hannaford

Position: CPD Coordinator
Company: The Biomechanics Lab
Education: Bachelor of Podiatry, University of South Australia 2018
Memberships: SEPA, SMA, APODA
Human anatomy, human movement, function and sports have always been of interest to me. I have always found it so fascinating how the body functions, but also adapts to different situations. Because of this, I always knew I wanted to work in health care, it was just a matter of what exactly. It wasn’t until I had surgery on a long term ankle injury just after I had graduated school, that I figured out podiatry was it for me. My interest in sports and keeping people active whilst being pain-free fits in perfectly to what podiatry is and offers.
The highlights for me are the small little wins along the way in the injury rehabilitation process. It’s easy to get so focused and caught up on the end goal, but when we take a step back and look at what we’ve achieved along the way and where we’ve come from, that’s what keeps me motivated. Especially when the patient doesn’t recognise it themselves; these gentle reminders keep us both so invested in the journey to achieve the best outcome for them.
SEPA is the national body for providing podiatrist practitioners with sports and exercise medicine education, as well as a tight knit community who are always happy to help each other out. Being so interested in this area, it would be silly not to be a member or involved in some capacity. The focus on musculoskeletal conditions is important for any podiatrist treating these conditions, not just those treating sports people or athletes.

At the present time, SEPA memberships are processed through the APODA website. You will be directed to the APODA site to complete your SEPA membership signup.