01 Sep 2021
The Podiatry Board of Australia (the Board) has published new professional capabilities for podiatrists and podiatric surgeons. These will come into effect 1 January 2022.
The new professional capabilities identify the professional behaviours all podiatrists and podiatric surgeons should demonstrate to practise safely and ethically. They apply to all podiatrists and podiatric surgeons across all areas of podiatry practice, including clinical and non-clinical roles.
It is important that all registered podiatrists and podiatric surgeons understand that they need to maintain at least the threshold level of professional capability in all areas relevant to their practice and that they must maintain the currency of their skills and knowledge through continuing professional education.
Board Chair A/Prof Cylie Williams said ‘the new professional capabilities reflect contemporary podiatry practice and importantly make cultural safety a key component of safe healthcare particularly with respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
'This is also the first time we have national professional capabilities for podiatric surgeons.
'The capabilities are central to practice from graduation throughout your career, I strongly urge all podiatrists and podiatric surgeons to familiarise themselves with the new documents.’
The key updates in the new professional capabilities:
Professional capabilities are an important part of regulating the profession. They may be used by the Board as a reference point for threshold capability when exercising its statutory functions, including for:
They can also be used by:
The professional capabilities were developed by the Podiatry Accreditation Committee for the Board. This included an extensive review and consultation with practitioners, professional associations, education providers and other stakeholders. The capabilities were approved by the Board in July 2021.
The Board thanks the Podiatry Accreditation Committee and our stakeholders who participated in the consultations including two important focus groups.
The new professional capabilities, together with FAQ are being published well in advance of them coming into effect on 1 January 2022. The Board encourages all practitioners to get familiar with the professional capabilities.