Podiatrist and Senior Researcher

School of Clinical Sciences, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia;
Allied Health Research Collaborative, Metro North Hospital and Health Service, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Pete Lazzarini is a podiatrist by background and now works full-time as a Principal Research Fellow with Queensland Health and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia. After practicing for >12 years as a clinical podiatrist managing patients with foot disease at Queensland Health, Pete began his research career in 2011 and completed his PhD on “The burden of foot disease in inpatient populations” at QUT in 2016. Over the years he has served on many (inter)national diabetic foot disease, diabetes, wound and podiatry committees and he is the founding co-chair of Diabetic Foot Australia.

His research interests are in the epidemiology and treatment of foot disease (ulcers, infections and ischaemia) and he is particularly motivated by research that prevents foot disease hospitalisation and amputation. He has an emerging international track record in foot disease research with >40 papers in peer-reviewed journals, >$2.5 million in grant funding, 15 higher degree students supervised and his research has been translated into 6 national policy or practice improvements. Pete was recently awarded a four-year National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia Early Career Fellowship in 2018 to investigate “The incidence and predictors of foot disease hospitalisation in Australia”.