0.8% identified as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
59.1% female; 40.9% male
63 notifications lodged with Ahpra about
4 immediate actions taken
7 mandatory notifications received
25 practitioners monitored for health, performance and/or conduct during the year
22 cases being monitored at 30 June:
5 criminal offence complaints made
1 matter decided by a tribunal
No matters decided by a panel
No appeals lodged
The Podiatry Board of Australia approved new
professional capabilities for podiatrists and podiatric
surgeons, which took effect on 1 January 2022. They:
We published an animated video and FAQs and met
with stakeholders to support implementation.
We acknowledge the Podiatry Accreditation
Committee for their work in developing and
consulting on the professional capabilities.
In response to the ongoing impact of the pandemic
we continued to adopt a flexible approach to
continuing professional development.
In September, Ahpra and the National Boards
established the 2021 pandemic sub-register, enabling
practitioners to return to practice for up to 12 months
to support the COVID-19 response across Australia.
A joint statement on COVID-19 and vaccines was
released by the National Boards, Ahpra, the Health
Care Complaints Commission, the Office of the
Health Ombudsman and the Therapeutic Goods
Administration. The National Boards and Ahpra also
published guidance for health practitioners about
facilitating access to care in a COVID-19 environment.
The Podiatry Accreditation Committee reported on
podiatry program monitoring, including impacts
The Board approved new accreditation standards
developed by the committee, including for entrylevel
podiatry programs; for podiatric surgery
programs; and for education programs leading to
qualifications for endorsement of registration for
scheduled medicines. The standards started on
1 January. All programs are now assessed against the
new accreditation standards.
The terms of the inaugural committee members
ended on 30 June. Four members were reappointed
for a three-year period, and the Board appointed
two new members. We acknowledge the valuable
contribution of retiring committee members Assistant
Professor Sara Jones and Dr Lloyd Reed.
The Board’s registration standard for Specialist
registration for the podiatry specialty of podiatric
surgery sets out the requirements for specialist
registration. We consulted on a revised specialist
registration standard as it was due for review. The
changes consulted on were primarily editorial
in nature to clarify existing requirements and no
substantive changes were proposed.
The Board released the cross-profession
Supervised practice framework.
The Board’s program of stakeholder engagement
includes regular meetings with the Australian Podiatry
Association, Podiatry Council of New South Wales
and Podiatry Accreditation Committee.
The Board released a revised Code of conduct
in partnership with several other Boards.
To support the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Health and Cultural Safety Strategy, Board and
committee members participated in cultural safety
training. In December we welcomed new practitioner
member Mr Anthony Short and community member
Ms Raelene Harrison. The Board acknowledges the
valuable contribution of retiring Board members Dr
Paul Bennett and Dr Janice Davies OAM.
Associate Professor Cylie Williams