10 Nov 2010
Registered podiatrists are notified by AHPRA when renewals are due. Registration renewals for podiatrists are due at different times as a result of renewal periods from the different states and territories that existed under previous laws, until the coordination of renewals on 30 November 2011.
Importantly, under the National Law in existence since 1 July 2010, registrants are required to meet particular registration Standards including but not limited to requirements in the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) registration Standard. Under the National Law, and as part of the CPD requirements for podiatrists, registrants are required to hold a current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate issued by Approved Training Organisation. The annual CPR training includes management of anaphylaxis and use of an Automated External Defibrillator .
The Board recognises that not all podiatrists who have transitioned under the National Law since 1 July 2010 have been subject to CPD requirements. Accordingly, the initial period for complying with the requirements listed at numbers 1-4 in the Guidelines for continuing professional development (406 KB,PDF) will apply from 1 July 2010 until 30 November 2011. That is, the Board will apply the Standard to applications for renewal from November 2011, including the commitment to audits.
Therefore, whilst the Board expects that registrants will commence CPD from 1st July, they have a total of 17 months to 30 November 2011 to meet the registration Standard. Thereafter, the registration Standard will be applied annually.
AHPRA registration staff are aware of the transitional adjustments necessary for renewing podiatrists to 30 November 2011. Answers on the renewal form, particularly in relation to questions 6 and 7, indicating that applicants have not yet met the CPD registration standard will not necessarily preclude renewal of registration. Further information is available on the Board’s website – www.podiatryboard.gov.au.
All podiatrists are reminded, however, that from 30 November 2011, they will be required to meet this Standard and all other registration Standards. An audit of CPD activities including CPR will occur after the 30 November 2011.
The other registration Standards do not include a similar ‘grandfathering’ period and all podiatrists are required to meet them upon renewal of registration after 1 July 2010.