16 Nov 2015
Final-year students who will soon complete an approved program of study can go online now to apply for registration before they graduate.
Graduates need to be registered as a podiatrist with the Podiatry Board of Australia (the Board) before they start practising and using the protected title ‘podiatrist’.
The online graduate application service on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) website smooths the path from study to work by enabling final-year students to apply for registration four to six weeks before completing their course.
All applicants are required to return supporting documents to AHPRA by mail to complete their application. It is important that this is done as soon as possible after applying online - see Next Steps Checklist. Certain applicants will need to apply for an international criminal history check (ICHC) before submitting their application for registration.
Graduates must meet the Podiatry Board’s registration requirements to be a registered podiatrist.
Registration standards that relate to the new graduate are:
Before applying for registration as a podiatrist, graduates must have completed training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), management of anaphylaxis and use of an automated external defibrillator, conducted by an approved training organisation. More information about this requirement is available in the Board’s Continuing professional development registration standard.
A short, animated video for graduates is published on the Board’s website. It outlines the standards that must be met to become registered and also the professional standards expected of the profession to stay registered.
There are six simple steps to registration for graduates: