Communications Update

The member survey has spoken!

By Natalie Policki
National Memberships Manager
Jo Nevin Square
By Jo Nevin
National Marketing Manager

Most important reasons to join?

To recommend or not? 

  • 81% of respondents said they are likely to recommend APodA professional development events to a colleague.


Advocacy up close


  • Nearly 70% of respondents rated the APodA’s communication of advocacy activities to the membership as ‘excellent’ (69.4%).
  • The same percentage of respondents are not a registered NDIS provider (70%).


  • The top three most important areas of advocacy, as identified by members are:
    • Increased allied health visits under the Medicare Benefits Schedule MBS
    • Advocating podiatry services to health care professionals and;
    • Private health funds.


  • The top three areas that the Association should issue position statements on, as identified by members are:
    • Increased allied health visits under the (MBS)
    • The podiatrist’s role in vascular assessments for chronic disease and;
    • Prescription and fitting of orthoses.


The most challenging issue you face as a podiatrist?



What matters most to you


  • The most important initiatives for 2021 are identified as:
    • Structured specialist interest groups
    • Graduate support programs.


  • The top three rated new services and initiatives from 2020 were:
    • The Foot Health Week campaign
    • The counselling service and;
    • Access to telehealth services.


  • The top three topics respondents would like to see in the CPD program are:
    • Clinical proficiencies
    • Dermatology and;
    • Exercise prescription.


  • When it comes to communication, email was identified as the most preferred method of APodA communication (98%) while Facebook was identified as the most used social media platform (64%).


COVID in focus


  • 72% of members supported the COVID relief package and took up the offer to access this package.


Online CPD or face to face?

When asked, ‘What are the major factors that would discourage you from attending an APodA event?’ 59% of respondents said location/distance. This was reflected in the creation of a new digital and online event program that launched last year, including our virtual symposium and conference.


Why attend APodA Events?

When asked ‘Why do you attend an APodA event?’


For the CPD opportunities (82%)To learn new skills and gain knowledge (81%)To gain insights on the latest research (67%)


  • 82% of respondents said they attend to gain CPD hours
  • 81% of respondents said they attend to learn new skills and gain knowledge in their field
  • 67% of respondents said they attend to gain insight into the latest research.


When asked ‘What topics/content would you most like to see from the APodA CPD program?’


  • 59% of respondents said ‘clinical proficiencies (i.e. general, physical, diagnostic examinations and treatments)
  • 53% said dermatology
  • 47% said orthotics/ orthoses
  • 42% said diabetes / high risk foot
  • 41% of responders placed equal emphasis on radiology and chronic disease complications.