APodA advocacy update

APodA advocacy update

Cindy Laird

Advocacy Manager

The Scope of Practice outline is now available for podiatrists to download. Advocacy Manager, Cindy Laird, shares the details.

Our purpose was to provide information on the expanded scope of the podiatry profession. And so it is purposefully written in general terms as to not risk defining ‘practice’ too narrowly.

Scope of Practice update

One of our key strategic priorities was to develop a Scope of Practice outline for the podiatry profession. There was a need to provide a clearer definition of the scope of practice for podiatrists and for the benefit of health consumers, other health professionals, and statutory authorities.


The goal

Our purpose was to provide information on the expanded scope of the podiatry profession. And so it is purposefully written in general terms as to not risk defining ‘practice’ too narrowly.


The process

The drafting process itself was comprehensive, with evidence to inform the document being gathered from the profession and overseen by the APodA Advocacy Committee. Feedback was also sought from the profession, our membership, the APodA Regional Committees, external consumer feedback and the Consumers Health Forum of Australia.


The result

The Scope of Practice outline provides a contemporary reflection of the podiatry profession in Australia. Included in the document is the definition of podiatry, practice areas and settings, anatomical considerations and qualifications.


The impact 

This document will be used to:


  • Advance the podiatry profession
  • Benefit the consumer
  • Benefit podiatrists
  • Benefit the profession, and;
  • Encourage efficiencies with the health system.


As a member of the APodA, you can use this document in your own promotion amongst other health professionals and the community.


Thank you

Thank you to everyone who was involved in developing this important outline. It was a collaborative process and we should be proud of the progress made to date.



If you have any questions about this issue please contact our Advocacy Manager, Cindy Laird at cindy.laird@podiatry.org.au

After two years, the ‘Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’ has handed down its final report and recommendations, which includes an extensive plan to overhaul Australia’s aged care system. Advocacy Manager, Cindy Laird explains how these findings shape podiatry guidelines.

Aged care update

To be honest, much of this report makes for sobering reading. In addressing the current system to the Commission, serious inadequacies are noted when it comes to providing even the most basic care for older Australians.


Online resources

You can also read the official findings by the Royal Commission and we have summarised the key findings that link into allied health and podiatry guidelines. Below is an excerpt from this summary.


“Our goal is that all older Australians can maintain dignity and quality of life while being cared for within the aged care system.


Our Podiatry guidelines in residential aged care homes have been developed as the standards we expect when delivering services in residential aged care facilities. The guidelines have been sent to residential aged care homes in Australia.


Many of the Royal Commission’s findings align with the APodA’s recommendations for minimum standards for podiatry in residential aged care facilities. We will be surveying RACFs later this year to measure the impact both the Commission’s report and recommendations – and our guidelines – have had on the quality of allied health and podiatry services in aged care.”


More information

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