She is also Head of Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital along with other appointments – actively engaged in cross-disciplinary collaborations locally and internationally in the areas of imaging, treatment modalities and outcomes for vascular diseases.
Some recent work of her research group has focussed on diabetes.
“At the Harry Perkins Institute we’ve been adapting established technology that measures oxygen saturation levels in the brain and applying it to the foot to give us detailed information, for the first time, about blood flow.
“It can tell us when blood flow is low so we can intervene earlier with balloons to stretch narrowed arteries or stents to keep the arteries open before a patient gets a wound or when the wound is new, which ultimately is going to save limbs.”
The new technology and a new Diabetic Foot Unit at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital which brings together all disciplines to optimise patient care will reduce rates of amputation.
“We’re currently trying to get funding so we can integrate the technology into patient care for all people treating Diabetic Foot Disease.”