15 Nov 2017
The Annual Report for AHPRA and the National Boards for the year to 30 June 2017 is now available to view online.
Over the past year, registration with the Podiatry Board of Australia (the Board) grew by 5.8% to just under 5,000 registered podiatrists and podiatric surgeons. The podiatry profession makes up 0.7% of all registered health practitioners in the National Accreditation and Registration Scheme (the National Scheme), according to information published today in the annual report by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
The 2016/17 annual report, produced by AHPRA and the 14 National Boards, is a comprehensive record of the National Scheme for the year ending 30 June 2017. The Board works in partnership with AHPRA to regulate the podiatry profession nationally.
‘This year, a key focus for the Board was progressing the review of the Board’s requirements for endorsement for scheduled medicines for the profession, which included consulting on a proposed revised registration standard and related guidelines,’ said Ms Catherine Loughry, Chair of the Podiatry Board of Australia.
‘We also carried out a study of our data into the types of complaints [notifications] made about podiatric surgeons, as well as sharing the outcomes of an earlier study into complaints about podiatrists and podiatric surgeons. The data analysis was conducted by AHPRA’s Risk-based Regulation Unit and the results will inform regulatory policy and future planning by the Board.’
‘There are now almost 680,000 registered health practitioners across Australia,’ said AHPRA CEO Mr Martin Fletcher. ‘This Annual Report highlights our strong and shared commitment with the Board to ensure the public has access to a competent, qualified registered health workforce and to take decisive action when required to keep the community safe.’
To view the 2016/17 annual report, along with supplementary tables that segment data across categories such as registration, notifications, statutory offences, tribunals and appeals, and monitoring and compliance, see Annual Report microsite.
In the coming weeks, AHPRA and the National Boards will also publish summaries of our work regulating health practitioners in each of the 14 registered health professions. Jurisdictional reports, which present data on registered health practitioners in each state and territory will be published in December.