Podiatric surgeons are unique, having dedicated their energy over many years in research, investigation and mastery of medical and surgical therapeutics of the foot and ankle. Innovations in the surgical management of foot and ankle conditions have been made through research and publications from podiatric surgeons from around the world. The ACPS places an important emphasis on research and this is an integral requirement of the training process. Fellows are encouraged to undertake research projects related to foot and ankle surgery. Registrars are required to publish two original research papers in peer-reviewed journals during their Fellowship training.

To view the  for the conduct of research and ethics approval, please click here.


Related Policies

Health Legislation Amendment (Podiatric Surgery & Other Matters) Bill 2004

NSW Day Procedure Centres Amendment (Podiatrists) Regulation 2006 & NSW Private Hospitals Amendment (Podiatrists) Amendment 2006


Published ACPS Research

Improving the Outcomes of Foot and Ankle Surgery Development of an Audit Tool

Presented at The Directorate of Podiatric Surgery Conference 12-14 March 2015 – “Meeting the Challenge”.


Government Submissions

Pre MSAC Comment on ESC Review – 26 March 2015


Competency Standards

The competency standards for Fellows of the Australasian College of Podiatric Surgeons (ACPS) as specialist podiatric practitioners are built upon the core competencies for podiatrist as published by the Australian and New Zealand Podiatrists Accreditation Council (ANZPAC).

The ACPS standards also have been reviewed in light of the publication of competencies for Fellows of the ACPS as published on June 2012.

In addition to considering the above standards, these competencies the ACPS has considered competency standards published by organisations which define competency in other relevant specialist areas of health both in Australia and internationally such as:

The Training Program of the ACPS is designed to ensure that these ACPS competencies are met prior to a podiatrist beginning independent practice as a specialist podiatric surgeon in Australia.

Additionally, these standards provide Fellows of the ACPS with a framework for self-assessment of competence and they may also be used by external groups or individuals to assess the individual performance of Fellows of the ACPS against a national benchmark.

Please refer to the ACPS Fellowship Training Document for more information on ACPS Competency Standards.


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