Dr Meghan Dares is an Australian-trained orthopaedic surgeon with extensive surgical experience. She treats patients (adults and paediatric) with all foot and ankle conditions as well as general orthopaedic trauma. She currently works with her dedicated multidisciplinary team at the Wollongong Foot and Ankle Centre.
Dr Dares has gained international subspecialty experience in both foot and ankle surgery and trauma. Dr Dares underwent orthopaedic surgical training through the Sydney Southside training program. In 2016 she completed a fellowship at one of South Africa’s busiest trauma centres – Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town. During that time, she gained extensive experience in the application of circular frames which she uses for diabetic foot reconstructions.
Having also completed a foot and ankle surgery fellowship at the prestigious Queen Alexandra Hospital in the UK, she is proficient in all aspects of foot and ankle surgery. Whilst there she developed a special interest in new techniques in foot and ankle surgery including arthroscopic ankle fusion, subtalar joint arthroscopy and joint sparing procedures for great toe arthritis.
Dr Dares is committed to the principals of functional rehabilitation – early weight-bearing (where possible) and weaning of immobilisation. She believes that multidisciplinary consultation is essential to return patients to their best functional outcome in the shortest reasonable amount of time performing activities they love to do.
Passionate about research, she has previously been published in peer review journals, edited a book on diabetic foot and presented at international meetings on foot and ankle conditions. She is also regularly involved in outreach in the South Pacific.