‘Podiatrists’ includes podiatric surgeons, unless otherwise stated.
162 endorsed for scheduled medicines
The COVID-19 pandemic continued to have an impact
on the podiatry profession. The Board recognised
the professionalism of practitioners during the everchanging
public health requirements so the public could
safely access essential podiatry care.
All meetings of the Board and its committees were held
We temporarily modified some of our regulatory
requirements to support practitioners during
the pandemic while still ensuring public safety.
Modifications included providing extensions for
practitioners working towards endorsement for
scheduled medicines, and some requirements for
registration, such as:
The Board worked with Ahpra to provide information
on COVID-19 including answering common questions
and publishing guidance on telehealth use. National
Boards and Ahpra published a joint statement to help
practitioners and students understand what’s expected
of them in giving, receiving, advising on and sharing
information about COVID-19 vaccination.
Revised advertising guidelines and new Guidelines for
blood-borne viruses for registered health practitioners
and students took effect during the year. We consulted
on a revised shared Code of conduct together with
some other National Boards.
The Podiatry Accreditation Committee reported to the
Board on the monitoring of podiatry programs and
consulted on professional capabilities and accreditation
standards for the podiatry profession.
The Board’s program of stakeholder engagement
includes regular meetings with the Australian Podiatry
Association, the Podiatry Council of New South Wales,
and the Podiatry Accreditation Committee.
We put on hold some of our planned face-to-face
engagement activities and engaged virtually instead.
Engagements included: discussions with podiatrists
in Tasmania; a video message from the Chair on social
media during Foot Health Week; and a discussion with
a member of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Heath Practice Board who told us about practitioner
roles and how our professions can work together to
improve healthcare for Indigenous Australians.
In June, Ahpra and National Boards published a joint
statement reminding practitioners that there is no place
for sexism, sexual harassment or gendered violence in
Students have now begun receiving
the Board’s newsletter. We published
a video for new graduates about the
Board’s role, registration standards,
staying connected with the profession
and lifelong, reflective learning.
The Board welcomed new community member
Professor Andrew Taggart, who was appointed in
Associate Professor Cylie Williams