Podiatry Board of Australia - Policies, Codes and Guidelines

Policies, Codes and Guidelines

The Podiatry Board of Australia has developed codes and guidelines to provide guidance to the profession. These also help to clarify our views and expectations on a range of issues.

Guidelines are approved by the Podiatry Board of Australia and may be used as evidence of what constitutes appropriate professional conduct or practice for podiatry in proceedings under the National Law or a law of a co-regulatory jurisdiction against a health practitioner.

Guides

Document PDF Accessible format Date of effect
Social media: How to meet your obligations under the National Law   Web page 11 November 2019 
Common Protocol - Informing notifiers about the reasons for National Board decisions  PDF (91.8KB) Word version 
(58.6 KB,DOCX) 
1 August 2018

Codes and guidelines

Document PDF Accessible format Date of effect
Code of conduct

For more information see Code of conduct page 
PDF (323KB) Web page 29 June 2022
Guidelines - Registered health practitioners and students in relation to blood-borne viruses  PDF (80.6 KB)   Word version
(939 KB,DOCX)
6 July 2020 
Guidelines - Informing a National Board about where you practise  PDF (152 KB)  Word version 
(590 KB,DOCX)
1 August 2018
Guidelines for advertising a regulated health service PDF (192 KB) Web page 14 December 2020
Guidelines: Mandatory notifications about registered health practitioners* PDF (250 KB) Web page 1 March 2020
Guidelines: Mandatory notifications about registered students** PDF (150 KB) Web page 1 March 2020
Podiatry guidelines for podiatrists working with podiatric assistants in podiatry practice PDF (351 KB) From 01 July 2010
Podiatry guidelines on clinical records PDF (135 KB) From 24 June 2011

Position statements

Document PDF Accessible format Document date 
Facilitating access to care in a COVID-19 environment: Guidance for health practitioners PDF (208 KB) Word version
(120 KB, DOCX)
21 December 2021
COVID-19 vaccination position statement PDF (90 KB, PDF) Word version
(246 KB, DOCX)
9 March 2021 
No place for sexism, sexual harassment or violence in healthcare
PDF (205 KB)

Word version
(120 KB,DOCX)

30 June 2021

Policy directions

Under Section 11 of the National Law, as in force in each state and territory, the Ministerial Council may issue a National Board with policy directions.

Document PDF Accessible format Date of effect
Policy Direction 2019-01 - Paramountcy of public protection when administering the National Scheme
Policy Direction 2019-02 - Requirements to consult with patient safety bodies and health care consumer bodies on every new and revised registration standard, code and guidelines
PDF
(2.34MB)
8 January 2020

Continuing professional development

Document PDF Accessible format Date of effect
Podiatry guidelines for continuing professional development  PDF 
(314 KB) 
Word version 
(643 KB,DOCX) 
From 1 December 2015 
  » Podiatry policy on exemption from CPD requirements  PDF
(81.6 KB)
Word version 
(827 KB,DOC)
From 1 December 2015 
Continuing professional development (CPD) learning plan  PDF 
(114 KB) 
Word version 
(355 KB,DOCX) 
From 1 December 2015 
Log of CPD activities  PDF 
(286 KB) 
Word version 
(364 KB,DOCX)
From 1 December 2015 

Recency of practice

Document name PDF Accessible format Date of effect
Guidelines: Recency of practice PDF (293KB) Word version 
(640KB,DOCX)
From 1 December 2016
Plan for professional development and re- entry to practice PDF (459 KB)   From 30 April 2012

Infection control resources

Document PDF Accessible format Date of effect

Guidelines for infection prevention and control

  • The Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare 2019 published by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) can be found here
PDF (70.4 KB)  Word version 
(79.5 KB,DOCX) 
From 4 April 2016
Self-audit tool - Infection control obligations of podiatry practitioners  PDF (127 KB) Word version 
(91.3 KB,DOCX)
16 November 2017 
Infection control: Tips for patients when receiving care from a podiatrist

Watch the Board's video Infection control: Tips for patients when receiving care from a podiatrist
PDF (116 KB)  Word version 
(80.6 KB,DOCX)
20 October 2017

Supervised practice

Document PDF  Accessible format Date of effect
Supervised practice framework 

For more information see Supervised practice framework page
PDF (202KB)  Web page 1 February 2022 
Supervision guidelines

For more information see Supervised practice framework page
PDF (76.0KB)  Web page 1 February 2022 

Endorsement for scheduled medicines

For information about endorsement for scheduled medicines, including guidelines and policies, see Endorsement for scheduled medicines.

FAQ and Fact Sheets

For more information, please see FAQ and Fact Sheets.

Retired versions

Document PDF Document date
Retired version: Code of conduct  PDF
(144 KB) 
From 17 March 2014 to 29 June 2022
Retired version: Guidelines for supervision of podiatrists PDF
(305KB) 
From 30 November 2012 to 31 January 2022 
Retired version: Guidelines for advertising regulated health services  PDF
(155KB) 
To 13 December 2020
Retired version:Podiatry guidelines for podiatrists with blood-borne infections PDF
(313KB)
From 01 July 2010 to 5 July 2020
Retired version: Guidelines for mandatory notifications  PDF
(149KB) 
From 17 March 2014 to 29 February 2020 
Retired version: Podiatry guidelines for infection control PDF
(300KB) 
From 01 July 2010 to 3 April 2016 
Retired version: Podiatry guidelines for continuing professional development  PDF
(406KB) 
From 01 July 2010 to 30 November 2015 
Retired version: Code of conduct PDF
(450KB)
From 01 July 2010 to 16 March 2014
Retired version: Guidelines for advertising of regulated health services PDF
(462KB)
From 01 July 2010 to 16 March 2014
Retired version: Guidelines for mandatory notifications PDF
(422KB)
From 01 July 2010 to 16 March 2014

*The Guidelines: Mandatory notifications about registered health practitioners have been updated on 29 June 2020 to include minor formatting and word changes and changes to the flowcharts on pages 20, 22 and 26 of the guidelines.

**The Guidelines: Mandatory notifications about registered students have been updated on 29 June 2020 to include minor formatting and word changes and sections 39 and 40 of the National Law in Appendix A.

 
 
Page reviewed 29/06/2022