The title of Dr can confuse the patient as to the background training of the surgeon you may see. The difference is that members of our society are all medically trained doctors who have completed extensive training under the guidance of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the Australian Orthopaedic Association. You can be assured that our members have had a complete training in medical and surgical principles, and have a dedicated focus on the management of foot and ankle conditions. To confirm that the surgeon is a fellow of the peak surgical training body in australia, visit www.surgeons.org and serch the member registry.
To ensure the optimum treatment for you condition, you want to check that they are a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the Australian Orthopaedic Association. Being a fellow of these groups ensures that you are being offered treatment by a medically trained orthopaedic Surgeon. You want to also ask for their experience in foot and ankle conditions. Not all orthopaedic surgeons focus primarily on foot and ankle conditions. Members of our society have a focus on foot and ankle care, with national or international fellowship training in foot and ankle surgeon.
Orthopaedic surgeons are trained in the management of musculoskeletal conditions. This involves the care of muscles, joints, ligament, tendons and nerves. Training under the Australian Orthopaedic Association involves exposure to both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions in both children and adults. An orthopaedic surgeon has extensive training in the principles of surgical and non surgical treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. This broad exposure combined with further fellowship training makes orthopaedic surgeons uniquely qualified for the treatment of foot and ankle conditions.
As a medically trained doctor, orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons are able to access the medicare benefits scheme. This gives patients the ability to claim benefits from medicare and private health funds for treatment provided by members of our society. Treatment can be provided through both the public and private sector. Costs for surgery will depend on level of cover.
A valid referral from a general practitioner is required to be able to claim medicare when you see an orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeon. If your podiatrist or physiotherapists recommends that you should be referred to a foot surgeon, you will still be required to get a valid referral from a GP