The Podiatry profession in the island of Malta is really a relatively new area of health care compared to other health disciplines with the first graduates with outside credentials only becoming state licensed in the late 1980’s. Throughout the late 80's and early 1990's although the need for beginning an Organization for Podiatry practitioners was identified the sheer numbers of Podiatrists was nevertheless small and so a common representative body never reached fruition originally. Throughout the late 1990's as the University of Malta started more Podiatry programs the number of Podiatry practitioners accelerated and then the concept of creating a uniting association for all these podiatrists was slowly transforming into a concrete and factual idea. The Association of Podiatrists of Malta ended up being started in 1999 and is the specialist organisation which represents Podiatrists working in the Podiatry profession in Malta. Dr. Alfred Gatt became the first chair of the organization.
Alfred Gatt joined Cynthia Formosa for an episode of PodChatLive to chat about the profession in Malta in addition to their common research passions. PodChatLive is a weekly live chat on Facebook hosted by Craig Payne coming from Australia along with Ian Griffith from England. Alfred and Cynthia teach on the podiatry training course at the University of Malta. During the talk they discussed learning in Malta, which because of the environment and also the low costs seems like a very enticing opportunity for quite a few. They presented a lot of the huge research productivity they've been associated with regarding the diabetic foot, particularly if you take into account the size of the team at the university. They both pointed out why you might want to think about toe pressures rather than the ABPI, as well as take into consideration allowing yourself a thermal digital camera within a diabetes appraisal. They showed quite a lot of brilliant pictures featuring of lifestyle and working in Malta and in addition of their very own research efforts. There's without a doubt there might be many looking to go after a higher degree in Malta following listening to this episode.