Ingham Institute researchers have had a prosperous year in the awards circuit in 2014, receiving a variety of major national and international awards.
Diabetes group senior member and head of the Podiatric Medicine Department at Liverpool Hospital Matthew Malone has achieved a prestigious Fellowship to the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow, further illuminating the international spotlight on the Ingham Institute.
As the only multidisciplinary Royal College in the UK, The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasgow) has been established for over 400 years and sets the highest possible standards for healthcare across the UK and worldwide.
Fellowship to the faculty of Podiatric Medicine is highly competitive and only offered to podiatrists who have made substantial contributions to their specialty in Podiatric Medicine with only a handful of Australians achieving the significant accolade prior to Mr Malone.
“It’s both exciting and humbling to be the third Australian ever to receive this highly revered Fellowship,” said Mr Malone.
“The stature and weight of this Fellowship also helps to further drive the issue of podiatric medicine and its link with diabetes as a national health concern that needs to be addressed.”
Mr Malone said that clinical diabetic research is a priority for the Ingham Institute.
“Liverpool and South Western Sydney as a whole have one of the highest rates of diabetes in NSW and this number continues to climb”.
“Often when people with diabetes complications get to us they have never even seen a medical professional about their foot condition and they are in an emergency situation. This increases the likelihood of them being impacted by other co-morbidities like obesity, heart disease and renal disease which further increases the possibility of them having to undergo a diabetes related lower extremity amputation.”
Mr Malone said that many amputation cases due to diabetes could be avoided by taking a preventative care approach.
“The global consensus is that high-risk foot disease is generally associated with diabetes. Other less common diagnoses include neurological disorders, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis and renal disease,” he explained.
“What’s really alarming is that 85 percent of all amputations on people with diabetes begin as a simple foot ulcer wound which, if treated in the early stages, could avoid people potentially losing a part of their leg or foot.”
“We need more education and evidence from research to drive the message home to Australian diabetes patients about the importance of caring for their feet to avoid unnecessary and debilitating amputations to maximise their long-term health and wellbeing.”
Interview with the Head of the Podiatric Medicine Department at Liverpool Hospital Matthew Malone: