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.
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 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 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.
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 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 email@example.com