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Old 3rd January 2006, 06:39 AM
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Default Working in South Africa as a Podiatrist

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Just as a matter of interest, I wonder if any South African Pods could give me an idea of the situation in South Africa with regards to working as a Podiatrist?

e.g. Do you mainly work for yourselves, what sorts of sepcialities are there and how do you see the future developing Pod-wise as RSA continues to change?

Any insights would be valuable as my partner's South African and I will probably begin to spend more time over there!

Thanks guys!
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Dear NIC POD,

Podiatry in SA is almost totally Private.

The profession is proteceted and regulated by the South African Health professions Council.

In order tp practice you will have to register with the SA HPC.

I blieve that you need a Degree in Podiatry from one of the Recognised Schools. When i registered years ago i did not need a Degree as My DPODM was accepted as i was also SRCh.


Look up the South African Podiatry Association

Also Technicon Witwatersrand which is the only training establishment for podiatry in SA.

I was going to emigrate to SA in 1993, but i am still here as i got divorced instead.

So i am now off to Sydney Australia my Visa came through today. :)

YEEEEHHHAAAA.

It is off to Sydney we jolly well go.

The above info is not very current, but i hope that it is of some help.

Last contact i had was :

adellet@hpcsa.co.za

www.hpcsa.co.za


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I hope this is of use

regards David
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Old 4th January 2006, 02:09 AM
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David,

Don't start putting ideas in my head about other places to emigrate to!

Enjoy Sydney and thanks for the info!
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I am a student studying Podiatry in the UK. I look foward to working in South Africa when I qualify. But what can I expect to earn as a newly qualified pod?
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So i am now off to Sydney Australia my Visa came through today. :)


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WHAT THE F, Anthony Smidt. I was trawling throught the threads when i came across this. How are u?, and......Divorced????, Moving to Sydney??? wow, whats been happening in good old KZN, SA.

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The new place to study podiatry in SA is at the University of Johannesburg, Doornfontein Campus. (The old RAU and Technikon Witswatersrand amelgamated to form UJ).
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Hi NicPod1

I have just seen this thread.Were you successful in your endeavour and are you now in SA?

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Most podiatrist in S.A work for themself in private practice, althouth there is a few working for goverment/ state hospitals. New post in state hospitals mostly open for newly qualified pods who were using bursaries/ scholarships from the department of health.
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Even with a UK podiatry diploma/degree and UK HPC registration, complete reciprocity doesn`t exist (unless thats changed in last couple of years or so)so you cannot register with the HPCSA without passing an entrance exam, which is undertaken on behalf of the HPCSA by school of podiatry, (University of Johannesburg), a 3 hour written paper and a viva. Its similar to (if not the same paper) the final year podiatry paper there as far as i can recall, my wife & I having done it, we are UK trained qualified and sat this a few years ago. As a previous correspondent mentioned, podiatry in RSA is mainly private, but I understand there are a small number of jobs now in the state health service there.
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Hi - am new to this web-site and was browsing job-opportunities in SA as I am thinking of working there next year. Thanks for info.
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Coming to work in South Africa might be difficult for you because you will have to start your own private practice, suffer non-refferal from our fellow HCP's. According to my knowledge, SA podiatrists wish to go overseas as they get it easy to find work there than in our country.

No public post unless the SA government paid for your studies.
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Coming to work in South Africa might be difficult for you because you will have to start your own private practice, suffer non-refferal from our fellow HCP's. According to my knowledge, SA podiatrists wish to go overseas as they get it easy to find work there than in our country.

No public post unless the SA government paid for your studies.
Same ole, same ole as the UK then?
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Default Re: Working in South Africa as a Podiatrist

hi
I am a student at the University of Johannesburg, well I would like to know what my starting salary is as a Podiatrist
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hi all

am a final year Podiatry student and what i`ve noticed from all of our podiatry student is that they are not sure of whether they wiil make it as podiatrist out there, so what i am suggesting is if the guys that have qualified and working especially in goverment hospitals or clinics and come to the University of Johannesburg Podiatry Department and talk to students about how Podiatry is out there interms of practising, salary, growth of the profession etc. cause i believe by doing so, the actual confidence and courage of becoming a Podiatrist can increase in Pods student.

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If you truly have the passion for your work, you will get somewhere! It's not easy in the beginning and sometimes you question yourself. Don't give up - just try your best :-)
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update:
podiatry in the public sector: more podiatrists are entering the sector annually. Bursary holders getting absorbed into the public sector after completing their studies. Once employed it is up to individuals how far they get in terms of promoting the profession & educating other disciplines about podiatry, through the work you do. recognition will depend on what you do outside your consulting room as well.
government may not pay you what you think you are wirth but it will give you vast clinical experience and opportunities (just have to look for them). where there is no development there is opportunity to start something. No one will do it for us but podiatrists themselves
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A podiatry supervisory Chief post is available at Ekurhuleni district Gauteng, closing 02 May 2014:
POST 15/37 : CHIEF PODIATRIST GRADE 1 REF NO: 03602
Directorate: Primary Health Care

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REQUIREMENTS : Tertiary qualification in relevant professions. Currently registered with the
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DUTIES : Provide overall management, supervision and control of allocated staff in a PHC
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APPLICATIONS : Applications can be forwarded to the HR Manager: Ekurhuleni Health District,
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CLOSING DATE : 02 May 2014
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