The Medico-Legal Society of Victoria was established in 1931. The objectives of the society are the promotion of medico-legal knowledge and the fostering of professional and collegiate scholarship and interaction among members of the medical and legal professions. This is achieved by facilitating the exchange of ideas and information at general meetings held about six times per year. Persons of eminence in their field are invited to the meetings to deliver papers of mutual interest to the two professions.
Foot & Ankle surgery is also a rapidly evolving specialty and a more attractive & lucrative field for young orthopaedic surgeons, who see their peers increasingly prospering. This younger group of Orthopaedic surgeons with less experience in foot and ankle surgery along with the non-medically qualified (Non MBBS) podiatrists calling themselves “Doctors” who are operating independently, have led to increasing complaints and litigation cases across the globe. As the number and complexity of foot and ankle surgeries increase (which here is driven by 3 specialities – general orthopaedic, foot and ankle orthopaedic and podiatric surgeries), the number of complaints, litigation and pay-out is also increasing.
Membership of the Medico-Legal Society of Victoria is open to legally-qualified members of the medical and of the legal professions.