The Australian Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society was founded by orthopaedic surgeons with a focus on the care of foot and ankle conditions.
Our members are specialist surgeons who have extensive training in the medical and surgical treatment of musculoskeletal conditions.
Established in 1988 by three outstanding physicians (Cecil Cass, Ron Quirk, and Brendan Dooley), the Australian Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society was created after the physicians saw a need for such a society within Australia. The need for the Australian Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) arose as a result of the necessity for a sophisticated and more scientific approach to the treatment of foot and ankle problems.
Over the years, AOFAS has organised annual scientific meetings where a broad spectrum of overseas speakers have been in attendance, boosting the society’s reputation in the international community. Interest amongst trainees and fellows in the field has additionally increased.
Through the formation of the society, tremendous improvements have been made and implemented regarding the treatment of foot and ankle problems. The field has witnessed increased funding for research as well as the achievement of innovative treatment procedures.
An AOFAS member is a specialist surgeon who has focused their skill set in the specifics of foot and ankle care.
Australian Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society Members are highly trained, thoroughly educated, board-certified orthopaedic surgeons and treatment providers dedicated to their patients and the provision of contemporary, innovative treatment for those suffering from foot and ankle conditions. Additionally, our Members possess Undergraduate, Post-Graduate, and Doctoral backgrounds in education, with time spent completing internships, residencies, fellowships, and training; they seek opportunities to build upon their educational and technical experience and participate in training to keep up-to-date with contemporary surgical and medical principles, techniques, and practices.
Further, Members of the Australian Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society are closely trained, guided, and certified by the MBA (Medical Board of Australia), RACS (Royal Australian College of Surgeons) and AOA (Australian Orthopaedic Association).
As fully qualified and registered Australian specialists, many of the services provided by our members are listed on the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS). Patients with a valid referral may be eligible for Medicare rebates on their consultation as well as the surgery itself.
Our members hold admission rights and have appointments at leading hospitals around Australia. They are experienced in the treatment of trauma, elective conditions as well as the treatment of complications that may arise from previous surgery.