ASPS supports the Australian Orthopaedic Association

ASPS supports the Australian Orthopaedic Association

The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) are deeply concerned by the investigative reports about Podiatric ‘Surgeons’ published in the Sun-Herald (December 3, 2023) and broadcast on Ch9’s 60 Minutes (Dec 3, 2023).

The investigative reports highlighted the horrific experiences of Australians at the hands of so-called podiatric surgeons. 

Use of the title “Surgeon” is a privilege and should be restricted for use only by specialist medical practitioners who have completed rigorous specialist surgical training approved by the Australian Medical Council (AMC). A recent change to the National Law means that if someone is registered as a medical practitioner, there are strict rules about calling themselves a surgeon, but these rules do not apply to healthcare providers outside of the medical sector.

The Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA) recently made a submission to AHPRA calling for an enquiry into why Podiatric ‘Surgeons’ are the only group of individuals who are legally allowed to operate on the Australian public, yet do not have their training accredited, inspected or audited by the AMC.  ASPS supports AOA’s submission.

ASPS thanks the Australian Orthopaedic Association for drawing attention to this very serious issue and moving AHPRA to take action in order to protect the public.

For further information please read the article: We need our health watchdogs to protect us (

For further information, pls contact Sandra Hogg, Mohr PR on +61 403 823 218

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