I didn‘t realise podiatrists could perform invasive surgery. How long have podiatrists been practicing surgery in Australia?

The ACPS was originally established in 1976 to formally address the needs for the training and supervision of podiatric surgeons in Australia. Prior to then, podiatrists wishing to gain additional qualifications in foot and ankle surgery had to travel to the USA, where podiatric surgeons have been practicing since the 1950‘s.

The Podiatrists Board of Australia hold the authority to oversee and regulate podiatric surgery activities across Australia, under specific podiatry regulations and legislation.  Australia allow suitably qualified podiatric surgeons to operate on bone, joint, nerve and connective tissues of the foot and ankle.

Most western countries (such as the United Kingdom, USA, Spain, Canada and New Zealand) have podiatric surgeons working within their health care systems.