10 Nov 2016
One of the areas of focus for the Podiatry Board of Australia in 2015/16 was to ensure podiatrists and podiatric surgeons comply with guidelines around the prevention and control of infection, according to information published by AHPRA today in its 2015/16 annual report.
The 2015/16 annual report by AHPRA and the national health practitioner boards is a comprehensive record of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for the 12 months ending 30 June 2016.
An analysis by AHPRA of the 213 notifications about podiatrists and podiatric surgeons since the National Scheme began in 2010 revealed a relatively high incidence of issues relating to systems and processes for infection protection and control.
In response, to coincide with the publication of the Board’s revised Guidelines on infection prevention and control, the Board published a self-audit tool that practitioners can use to check whether their workplace hygiene complies with the revised guidelines.
‘Patient safety is our number-one priority,’ said Ms Catherine Loughry, Chair of the Podiatry Board of Australia. ‘It’s critical that practitioners make preventing and controlling infection an integral part of their day-to-day professional practice. The Board expects practitioners to practise in a way that maintains and enhances patient safety. Our guidelines and the self-audit tool help podiatrists and podiatric surgeons to do that.’
The past year saw three revised registrations standards approved by the Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council. Throughout the year, the Board worked to implement the revised standard for continuing professional development, which took effect on 1 December 2015, the revised standard for professional indemnity insurance arrangements, which took effect on 1 July 2016, and the revised recency of practice standard, which will take effect from 1 December 2016.
‘By engaging closely with AHPRA, the profession and other agencies and stakeholders, we continue to improve registration standards, ensuring they are current and relevant to practitioners and work to protect the public,’ said Ms Loughry.
More highlights of the past year include:
For more data and information relating to the Podiatry Board of Australia in 2015/16, please see the 2015/16 annual report. The report provides a nationwide snapshot of the work of AHPRA and the Boards and highlights a multi profession approach to risk-based regulation with a clear focus on ensuring that Australians have a safe and competent health workforce.
‘The regulation of over 660,000 registered health practitioners across 14 health professions and eight states and territories is an important task,’ said AHPRA CEO Mr Martin Fletcher. ‘There are many things to consider in regulation - but there is only one main focus, and that is public safety.’
Supplementary tables that break down data across categories such as registrations, notifications, statutory offences, tribunals and appeals, and monitoring and compliance can also be found on the annual report website.
In the coming months, AHPRA and the National Boards will also publish summaries of our work regulating health practitioners in every state and territory, which will be released in late 2016. Expanded, profession-specific summaries will also be released and progressively published from early 2017.
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