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    P    O   D   I   A  T  R  I  C   S  U  R  G   E   O    N    S     A     U    S    T    R  A   L  A  S  I  A N   C  O  L  L  E   G   E      O     F         Australasian Podiatric Surgeon NEWSLETTER / DECEMBER 2015 Contents Presidents Message Rob Hermann FACPS Foot & Ankle Insight Seminar Series 2014 Simon Smith FACPS News from the College ACPS Fellowship Training AccreditationMedicare Funding for Podiatric Surgery SelectionCongratulations to our New Fellows Directorate of Podiatric Surgery Conference UK 2015  Become an Affiliate MemberLife as a New Graduate Podiatric Surgeon Peter Manuel FACPS Fellow In Focus Dr John Pickering Paul Armansco FACPS Australian-United Kingdom Fellow Leah Cook FACPS A Brief History of the ACPS Part One – 1975-2000Registrar Voice Dean Samaras, Podiatric Surgical Registrar Surgical Outcomes of ACPS Fellows – National Audit 2013/2014 Rob Hermann FACPS  Presidents Message President’s Report 2015 Dr Rob Hermann Podiatric Surgeon ACPS President Firstly, I would like to state that it has been both an honour and a privilege to continue as College President into my final term of 2015-16. It is my pleasure to report on a year of progressive change in College structure, governance, surgeon education and political advocacy. While we are always striving for advancement in the art and science of foot and ankle surgery, and while we continue to ensure the highest professional standards are maintained among our collective membership; this past 12-months has demanded relentless energy, resilience and mental focus on two major initiatives – accreditation of the ACPS training program by the Australian and New Zealand Podiatry Accreditation Council (ANZPAC) and lobbying for Medicare funding for podiatric surgeons. As President, I have advocated for the College on these projects, in meetings with the Department of Health, to the Minister of Health, Hon Mr Peter Dutton (Oct 2014) and to members of federal parliament and the senate. I have represented the College to ANZPAC, the current Health Ministers – Hon Susan Ley – senior advisor, Mr James McAdams and the Podiatry Board of Australia. I haven’t done this alone, and I’d like to pay special recognition to Dr Mark Gilheany, who has worked tirelessly with myself as co-project officer for these projects. Achieving Medicare funding will see the College placed in the best possible position to support the future growth of podiatric surgeons, and to benefit of all College members and most importantly, the public.Over the past 12 months the College has successfully achieved ANZPAC accreditation. In order to achieve ANZPAC accreditation, a comprehensive restructure of the College has been completed. I’d like to thank the commitment of our College council members who dedicate their time for our profession. I’d also like to thank all broader College members, who continue to ensure that the various College committees and boards complete their role and function in a timely and transparent manner. A special thanks to external members of the College’s boards and committee’s – Dr Adam Bird, Dr Bob Cox, Paul Collier, Damian Mitch, Dr Lloyd Reed, Dr Simon Dimmitt, Joel Gurr, Andrew Schox, Andrew Saxton, William Kutcher, Stan Naylor and Mark Strickland. I must also thank Mrs Pat Trubiano (Assistant Secretary), who continues to provide excellent support and assistance in all College matters and to all College members. In addition to our strategic projects, I am proud of the introduction of the ACPS audit tool for our members. It has been an important benchmarking tool and serves to improve quality and safety of foot and ankle surgical practice. It is a vital pillar to support all education, peer review, training and policy activities. The College has a rare distinction from many other surgical colleges in that 100% of its active members are compliant with surgical audit data collection. Only through audit and activity and peer review, can we continue to aspire to improving surgical standards – and practice – of our Fellows. We are grateful to Dr Valerie Dobie for her work and dedication in her role as the College Audit Data Manager.I am excited to announce that the College will have its next intake of registrars in 2016. The College anticipates a continuous national intake of registrars on a yearly basis. Developments in training and education over the last several years have been critical to ensuring the College continues to produce highly trained, mature specialist podiatric surgeons and leaders in the field of foot and ankle surgery.In my final term as President, I will continue to devote all my efforts for the betterment of the profession of podiatric surgery and Fellows of the College. In the term 2015-16, I will work passionately to ensure that the value of podiatric surgeons in the Australian Healthcare setting continues to be recognised and that the College continues to strive to uphold the highest standards of podiatric surgical education and practice.With the tireless efforts of past, present and future members of the ACPS, I know that the future for podiatric surgery in Australia is bright! Dr. Robert Hermann delivering Presidents Report during 2015 ACPS annual general meeting. AUSTRALASIAN PODIATRIC SURGEON / NEWSLETTER / DECEMBER 2015  Foot & Ankle Insight 2014 ACPS State Seminars Prove a National Success Top Left: Dr. Mark Gilheany delivers lecture to Sydney podiatrists at the Park Hyatt on the Rocks.Bottom Left: Seminar delegates mingle during a break in the seminar program at Melbourne seminar, Latrobe University.Top Right: Dr. Robert Hermann thanks Mr. Artur Maliszewski of Footwork Podiatric Laboratory for their sponsorship and support of the Seminar series.Below: Delegates sharing knowledge during the seminar program. The College Foot & Ankle Seminars were well attended again in 2014, continuing the success of 2013. In 2014 the College held its seminar series in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. A total of 250 podiatrists and podiatric surgeons gathered to share knowledge on the assessment and management of acute ankle sprain and the diagnosis and management of chronic ankle pain associated with the unstable ankle. Attendee’s enhanced their understanding, diagnosis and clinical management of commonly encountered but difficult to manage rear foot conditions such as adult acquired flatfoot deformity and tarsal coalitions.College Fellows delivered an interactive program combing lectures, discussions and take home clinical pearls aimed to improve attendee’s patient management and clinical diagnostic skills. ACPS President, Dr. Robert Hermann, believes the 2014 Seminar Series were a great success and notes the overwhelming positive response to the seminars content. Attendee’s survey commentary confirms this, such as: “I came away feeling much more comfortable about diagnosing and managing chronic ankle injuries thank you”.“It was great: The take to clinic cases and topics are helpful” “Overall excellent seminar, highly recommended”. Again in 2014, the seminar series was proudly sponsored by Footwork Podiatric Laboratory. Without support from the Director of Footwork, Mr Artur Maliszewski, the College seminars could not have provided the high quality materials, food and venues. The Park Hyatt on the Rocks in Sydney was a highlight of the Seminar Series, where attendees soaked up the lectures and clinical pearls on complex foot and ankle conditions with the Sydney Harbour as spectacular backdrop. The College seminar committee extends its sincere thank you to Footwork Podiatric Laboratory for its continued support of its educational seminars. The College also wishes to extend it’s gratitude to the Foot & Ankle Insight Organising Committee and speakers who gave significant time and effort to provide high quality lectures and dynamic program: 2014 Committee Dr Simon SmithDr Robert HermannDr Peter ManuelDr Paul ArmanascoDean Samaras 2014 Presenters Dr Simon SmithDr Robert HermannDr Peter ManuelDr Paul ArmanascoDean SamarasDr Mark GilheanyDr Andrew KingsfordOmar BaariniDr Paul ButterworthAnthony ShortArtur MaliszewskiDr Michael TarantoDr Nick MarinoDr Frank PigliardoDr Julie TarnatoLewis Citroen 2014 Sponsor Footwork Podiatric Laboratory  News ACPS Fellowship Training Accreditation In February 2015, the College achieved accreditation with the Australian and New Zealand Podiatry Accreditation Council (ANZPAC) 2020. Subsequently, the Podiatry Board of Australia approved the ANZPAC decision. Accreditation requires ongoing reporting and the College training program must continue to meet all ANZPAC reporting requirements to maintain accreditation.To achieve accreditation, the ACPS Fellowship training program underwent a process of evaluation including a detailed assessment against the relevant ANZPAC standard - Accreditation standard  for podiatric surgery programs  , ( does it mean to be accredited? Successful accreditation represents independent acknowledgement that the ACPS Fellowship training program meets the minimum requirements of the ANZPAC standards in respect to the following domains; Governance Context, Post-graduate Students/Trainees, Curriculum and Assessment, Educational Resources and Program Evaluation. This is an affirmation that the College graduates podiatric surgeons with the necessary knowledge, skills, professional attributes and ethics to practise podiatric foot and ankle surgery in Australia and New Zealand.The road to ANZPAC accreditation included extensive review with subsequent restructuring of College governance processes and organisational framework. This review process was undertaken by Professor Vin Massaro and his team at Massaro Consulting. Some of the more notable reforms include a significant increase in the number of external committee and board members, with greater representation of academia, executive management, medicine, law, accounting and community members.The College would like to acknowledge the work of the accreditation project team as ANZPAC accreditation could not have been achieved without their dedication. In particular thanks go to team leaders Drs Robert Hermann and Mark Gilheany. Medicare Funding for Podiatric Surgery The College continues to work on improving access and equity for podiatric surgical services. Most significant in this regard has been the application for access to Medicare funding. This has been a long term project with many preparatory elements culminating in a College application to the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) in 2011. The Application seeks access to a discrete list of foot and ankle MBS item numbers, including MBS funding for clinically appropriate associated services, such as imaging, pathology, physicians and other surgeons. The College received constructive feedback from the MSAC in July 2015 and is continuing to work with the Department of Health towards a positive outcome.There has been a number of points during this process that have involved public and stakeholder consultations. The College is also grateful to its lobbyist Ms Catherine McGovern who has provided significant guidance and support. She has been the conduit to effective and constant consultation with the Department of Health and the Health Minister’s office. Resubmission of the application is imminent and the College is anticipating that the project will be finalised in the not distant future. This 5 year project has been the impetus for great change and improvement in the College structure and functions. If successful, achievement of Medicare funding for podiatric surgery will normalise the speciality and provide significant benefits to patients, the profession and the public. Finally, the College acknowledges the financial assistance provided by the South Australian A.Pod.A and the logistical assistance received from the A.Pod.C. during this process. All members of the College are to also be congratulated for the significant individual financial and logistical contributions made to support this project. ACPS President, Dr. Rob Hermann, thanking A.Pod.C CEO Mr. Damien Mitch  for the logistical assistance provided to support the College MSAC submission. AUSTRALASIAN PODIATRIC SURGEON / NEWSLETTER / DECEMBER 2015  Selection to the Training Program In 2014 the College Selection Committee and Education Board worked towards ensuring the selection process for entry into the podiatric surgical training program is transparent and robust in identifying candidates with the abilities, qualifications, experience and emotional intelligence to enable them to perform all the required duties of a Podiatric Surgical Registrar. Members of the College were present during the ACPS workshops prior to the 2015 AGM to discuss selection initiatives and interview techniques. The College membership was grateful for the participation of Ms Andrea Bryce, of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences from Monash University who presented on the current practices and techniques in interview processes, as well as evolving initiatives in selection.Entry into the ACPS Training Program is highly competitive and not all podiatrists seeking admission will be successful in obtaining a training position. A summary of the eligibility criteria includes general registration with the Podiatry Board of Australia, endorsement for scheduled medicines, two years of actual clinical experience working as a podiatrist, completion of an approved Masters degree, affiliate membership with the College, performance on the ACPS entrance examination, psychometric and motor skills testing, podiatric surgical clinical rotations, logbook of relevant clinical and surgical experience and finally, an interview process. For more information on entry into the ACPS training programme, please visit: Ms Andrea Bryce discusses selection techniques during the interview techniques course for members of the ACPS. APPLICATIONS OPEN! Australasian College of Podiatric Surgeons Registrar Programme – 2016 Intake The ACPS invites candidates to register for eligibility for the 2016 intake. Applications are open for 2 training positions. It is anticipated that training positions will commence in May 2016.In order to apply for a training position, candidates must have met the minimum eligibility criteria for selection and submit an Application for Registration for a Training Position form. The minimum eligibility criteria for selection can be found at the ACPS website, under the section: Selection and Training > Eligibility and Selection into the Training Programme is governed by the principles of equal opportunity, and will be based solely on merit. The selection process is designed to identify the abilities, qualifications, experience and emotional intelligence of applicants that would enable them to perform all the required duties of a surgical registrar, achieve all the objectives of the Training Programme and become a skilled and highly competent podiatric surgeon. For further information on selection into the ACPS training programme, please contact the ACPS office: ANNOUNCEMENT
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