Podiatry Board of Australia - Podiatrists and podiatric surgeons encouraged to renew registration by 30 November
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Podiatrists and podiatric surgeons encouraged to renew registration by 30 November

31 Oct 2019

Podiatrists and podiatric surgeons have until 30 November 2019 to renew their registration on time.

More than 5,300 podiatrists and podiatric surgeons hold general, specialist or non-practising registration with the Podiatry Board of Australia (the Board).

The quickest and easiest way to renew is online.

Renewal applications received in December will incur a late payment fee in addition to the annual renewal fee. This is outlined in the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in each state and territory (the National Law).

A fees schedule is published on the Board’s website.

Podiatrists and podiatric surgeons whose application for renewal is received on time, or during the following one-month late period, can continue practising while their application is processed.

Practitioners who do not apply to renew their registration by 31 December 2019 will have lapsed registration. They will be removed from the Register of Podiatrists, and/or the Board’s specialist register in the case of podiatric surgeons, and will not be able to practise their profession in Australia.

Changes to renewal questions for podiatric surgeons

This year at renewal, podiatric surgeons will need to answer extra questions regarding exposure-prone procedures (EPPs) and meeting the requirements of the Australian national guidelines for the management of healthcare workers living with blood borne viruses and healthcare workers who perform exposure prone procedures at risk of exposure to blood borne viruses (the CDNA guidelines).

This is in response to recent updates to the CDNA guidelines. The Board will be asking podiatric surgeons at renewal whether they perform EPPs, and if so, to answer additional questions about compliance with the CDNA guidelines. Each question will provide definitions, information and links to resources to help podiatric surgeons answer accurately.

Podiatrists will not be asked these questions because the routine procedures carried out by podiatrists, such as a nail avulsion, are considered non-exposure prone procedures.

The CDNA guidelines and helpful information sheets for practitioners, including information about exposure-prone procedures and non-exposure-prone procedures, are available on the Department of Health’s website.

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Page reviewed 31/10/2019