The Podiatry profession in Malta is a relatively new field of health care compared to other discipline with the first graduates with outside qualifications only becoming state registered in the late 1980’s. During the late eighties and early nineties although the need of commencing an Association for Podiatrists was recognised the number of Podiatrists was still low and a common representative body never came to fruition initially. During the late nineties as the University of Malta opened more Podiatry courses the number of Podiatrists increased and therefore the idea of forming a uniting association for all these professionals was slowly becoming a concrete and factual idea. The Association of Podiatrists of Malta was formed in 1999 and is the professional organisation that represents Podiatrists practising in the Podiatry profession in Malta. Dr. Alfred Gatt became the first present of the association.
Alfred Gatt joined Cynthia Formosa for an episode of PodChatLive to talk about the profession in Malta and their common research interests. PodChatLive is a regular livestream on Facebook hosted by Craig Payne from Australia and Ian Griffith from England. They both teach on the podiatry course at the University of Malta. During the discussion they talked about studying in Malta, which given the climate and the low fees seems like a very attractive opportunity for many. They showcased some of the huge research output they have been involved in concerning the diabetic foot, especially when you consider the size of the Department at the university. They talked about why you may want to think about toe pressures rather than the ABPI, and also think about treating yourself to a thermal camera as part of a diabetes assessment. They had a great deal of awesome slides showing of living and working in Malta and also of their own research efforts. There is no doubt there may be some wanting to pursue a higher degree after hearing this PodChatLive.