Dr. Meghan Dares
Dr Meghan Dares is an Australian-trained orthopaedic surgeon (BMed; FRACS; FA(Orth)A; MIPH) who specialises in surgery of the foot and ankle. She is also skilled in treating complex orthopaedic trauma or fractures and associated reconstructions for all age groups.
Dr Dares graduated from the University of Newcastle in 2004. She subsequently completed her orthopaedic surgical training in the Sydney, with terms at multiple hospitals including six months at Wollongong as the Senior Registrar.
Following her Australian orthopaedic training she completed two prestigious subspecialty international fellowships. The first was in trauma and reconstruction at Tygerberg Hospital Cape Town (South Africa’s second busiest trauma centre) where she became proficient in the application of circular or hexapod frames, a skill she now puts to use in diabetic foot reconstructions. The other was at Queen Alexandra Hospital, UK where she developed a special interest in new techniques in foot and ankle surgery including arthroscopic/ keyhole surgeries, bunion correction, arthritis treatment and day surgical techniques.
She operates at Wollongong Private and Public Hospitals as well as Shellharbour Private. She is regularly on call at our local busy trauma centre Wollongong Public.
Research and Teaching
Dr Dares has been published in peer review journals and presented at national and international meetings, where she was an invited speaker, on foot and ankle conditions.
Dr Dares has a strong commitment to training being the term supervisor for several trainee surgeons at Wollongong Hospital. She is also a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Wollongong. In the Illawarra region she has a keen interest in updating GPs and allied health professionals on the latest foot and ankle treatments through regular education sessions.
Dr Dares has an interest in optimising health services to deliver better patient outcomes. She has a Masters in International Public Health and is qualified in LEAN Healthcare Management.
At Wollongong Foot and Ankle Centre we treat patients with all foot and ankle conditions, come and experience our comprehensive service