The Podiatry profession in the island of Malta is a relatively recent discipline of health care when compared with other disciplines with the initial graduate students with outside qualifications only becoming state licensed in the late eighties. During the late eighties and early 1990's even though the requirement for establishing an Organization for Podiatrists was recognised the number of Podiatrists was still small and a common representative association never reached fruition to begin with. During the late 1990's as the University of Malta opened up more Podiatry programs the volume of Podiatrists accelerated and then the prospect of creating a uniting organization for all these podiatrists was slowly becoming a concrete and factual concept. The Association of Podiatrists of Malta had been established in 1999 and is the specialist association that represents Podiatrists practising in the Podiatry profession in Malta. Dr. Alfred Gatt was the first chair person of the group.
Alfred Gatt joined Cynthia Formosa for an edition of PodChatLive to chat about the profession in the island of Malta along with their common research passions. PodChatLive is a monthly live show on Facebook hosted by Craig Payne from Australia and Ian Griffith coming from England. They both teach on the podiatry course at the University of Malta. During the talk they talked about learning in Malta, which given the environment and the lower costs seems like a very alluring opportunity for many. They highlighted some of the large research productivity they have been involved in in regards to the diabetic foot, especially when you think about the size of the division at the university. Cynthia and Alfred pointed out the reason why you may want to think about toe pressures rather than the ABPI, and also think about getting a thermal digital camera as part of a diabetes appraisal. They got quite a lot of remarkable images featuring of lifestyle and working in the island of Malta and in addition of their very own research work. There is no doubt there could be many wishing to engage in a higher degree after listening to this episode