The term ‘podiatrist’ refers to both podiatrists and podiatric surgeons unless otherwise specified.
The Podiatry Board of Australia’s new professional capabilities for podiatrists and podiatric surgeons describe the minimum level of professional capability needed to practise safely. The new Code of conduct sets the Board’s expectations about professional behaviour and conduct.
Our messaging and engagement with the profession aimed to support practitioners to practise safely. This includes reminders about professional obligations under the Code of conduct, maintaining competence through professional development, effective infection prevention and control, and advertising obligations.
We also encouraged practitioners to use the professional capabilities to reflect on their practice, identify areas for improvement and seek professional development to address any gaps. We pointed to Board resources developed to support safe practice. Examples of these include the self-assessment tools for infection prevention and control, health records and advertising.
The Board worked with Ahpra to review our resources to support practitioners using Pathway B of the registration standard to obtain endorsement for scheduled medicines.
We published new and updated resources, including a checklist, a user-friendly clinical study template, a guidance document for clinical studies, a sample portfolio of evidence and FAQs.
Together with other National Boards and Ahpra we developed new resources, including a summary of the guidance in the Code of conduct about record management and a self-reflective tool to help practitioners assess their record-keeping practice.
In partnership with Ahpra, we also audited the advertising of a random sample of registrants and shared lessons from the audit with the profession.
The Board’s revised registration standard for specialist registration for the specialty of podiatric surgery was approved by the Ministerial Council on 23 April.
The review of the registration standard included consultation with key stakeholders. No substantive changes were made to the requirements for specialist registration. Minor editorial and structural changes improve readability and clarity.
On 1 July 2022, two new and four re-appointed members started a three-year term on the Podiatry Accreditation Committee.
The Board considered reports from the committee on monitoring of podiatry programs and on accreditation decisions to decide whether to approve the accredited program of study as providing a qualification for registration.
The Board published three newsletters and held quarterly meetings with the Australian Podiatry Association (APodA), Podiatry Council of New South Wales and Podiatry Accreditation Committee. A meeting was also held with the Podiatrists Board of New Zealand.
Face-to-face engagement resumed, which included meeting with local stakeholders in Brisbane, hosting a booth at the APodA national conference and giving a presentation to registrants. We welcomed the opportunity to meet registrants at the booth and answer questions about the Board’s work, including requirements for registration and endorsement.
Associate Professor Cylie Williams, Chair