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At this time I'm a part B student lucky enough to be working for a great surgical team in the east midlands. In a few years I would like to propose an exchange to my manager and I'm thinking (hoping!) that NZ has an established podiatric surgery protocal for me to experience and for one of my kiwi counterparts to visit Blighty for a few months. Does anyone have any ideas? suggestions?
I dont work in NZ but my understanding (someone else please let me know if this is incorrect) is that there are no public podiatric surgery units in NZ, as is also the case in Australia.
Being Australian, and having recently spent some time in the UK doing a rotation with 2 consultant podiatric surgeons, I know the Australasian College of Podiatric Surgeons requires Australian trainees to go to the UK and USA for short periods to gain insight into international practice. I also understand there are moves to establish a formal international exchange program for trainees in various countries, but this is still in the planning phase.
If you are interested in visiting Australia, I know you would be most welcome to spend some time with one or more of the Fellows and their trainees, perhaps in Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth. I'm not sure what is available to you in NZ, but I would assume the NZ college would be your first port of call. Likewise, a reciprocal exchange to your unit would be greeted enthusiastically no doubt, as there are many Aussie's looking to spend a little time in the UK system.
I am a New Zealand registered Podiatric Surgeon and a Trustee of the New Zealand College of Podiatric Surgery, who works within New Zealand. You are correct, however there are a small number of Podiatrists , ( mainly those interested in the Diabetic foot), working within the New Zealand State system. New Zealand registered Podiatric Surgeons are all privatly funded. We also gain work from a governmental insurance called ACC. Our training is via America. We have to complete a 3 year post-graduate distant module based, theory training programme and also complete pupulage with a American DPM appointed by the New Zealand College of Podiatric Surgery. You can then go onto to do further study and traing that allows you to perform more advanced foot surgery. This post graduate course is endorsed under New Zealand legistlation, NZ Podiatry Board and is the only Post-graduate Podiatric Surgical training programme that is recognised , running, in New Zealand. Various attempts have been made in the past to gain reciprocity with the UK and New Zealand Podiatric Surgeons / qualifications but to date all attempts to obtain the possibilbity of international transfers have failed. Personally I think its a shame, I would love the oportunity to share and gain knowledge with my UK counterparts. All the best, Stefan
Last edited by Stefan : 13th April 2010 at 08:28 PM.
Thanks for the info re NZ surgical training. Would you please explain more about the training programme - is it currently offered? Is there a training document or link you can supply so I can read up further on this? What is this distant module based training programme - who or what institution provides it? How long are you 'taught' for by a DPM in the US and how are you examined? I would appreciate any further information as to how I could train in surgery under the NZ programme.
I thought NZ had national health care? If so, why do you have private funding?
When national health care isn't national health care
NZ, like Australia, does have a universal health care system, but it only funds what the government agree to fund, which is primarily services provided by medical practicioners. They are a VERY strong lobby group, so many people take out private insurance to increase their choice, as well as to avoid public hospital waiting lists.
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