Secretary's Message

Arvind Puri


Department of Orthopaedics at Cairns Hospital,

It is an honour and a matter of great pride for me to have been made responsible for the position of Secretary of the Foot and Ankle Section of the APOA since 2020.

Since the inception of this Section, in 2016, at the Melbourne APOA meeting it has made tremendous progress during the steering of Dr. Mark Blackney as Chairperson and now with Dr. Rajiv Shah at the helm.

The primary aim for establishing the Foot and Ankle Section was the realisation of the need for the speciality of Foot and Ankle to grow, to be accessible to our population and be practiced to contemporary standards in the Asia Pacific region. The bedrock of a Society is its members, their interactions, and their unified goal in achieving better care of the patients. This is and will always be the guiding principle of the Foot and Ankle Section of APOA.

We hope to encourage Orthopaedic Surgeons in this region to become members, participate and contribute actively to sharing knowledge, to strive to achieve uniformity in the care of patients in the Asia Pacific region. Towards this we will promote active inclusion of the Surgeons in Conferences and Courses, virtually or in person, free exchange of ideas and provide different avenues to educate and disseminate current practices in the Foot and Ankle Speciality.

Welcome to the APOA Foot and Ankle Section.

Arvind Puri
Asia Pacific Foot & Ankle Council