The Podiatry profession in Malta is a relatively new area of healthcare in comparison with other health disciplines with the initial graduates with outside credentials only getting state registered in the late eighties. Through the late 80's and early nineties even though the need of establishing an Association for Podiatry practitioners was recognised the volume of Podiatrists was still minimal and a common representative group never came to fruition originally. During the late nineties because the University of Malta opened more Podiatry positions the number of Podiatrists accelerated and therefore the idea of creating a uniting association for all these podiatrists was gradually transforming into a concrete and factual suggestion. The Association of Podiatrists of Malta ended up being established in 1999 and is the professional association that represents Podiatrists practising in the Podiatry profession in Malta. Dr. Alfred Gatt became the very first leader of the association.
Alfred Gatt teamed up with Cynthia Formosa for an episode of PodChatLive to chat about the profession in the island of Malta and also their common research projects. PodChatLive is a regular live show on Facebook hosted by Craig Payne coming from Australia and Ian Griffith from England. Cynthia and Alfred teach on the podiatry course at the University of Malta. Throughout the conversation they discussed learning in the island of Malta, that because of the climate and the low fees appears like a very attractive opportunity for many. They presented many of the huge research productivity they've been involved with in regards to the diabetic foot, especially when you take into account the size of the division at the university. Cynthia and Alfred pointed out why you may choose to consider toe pressures rather than the ABPI, and in addition think about allowing yourself a thermal digital camera as part of a diabetes appraisal. They showed a lot of wonderful pictures exhibiting of living and working in the island of Malta as well as of their very own research efforts. There is no doubt there might be many eager to engage in a higher degree following hearing this episode