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Following a scheduled review of accreditation arrangements that was undertaken across all National Boards, the Podiatry Board of Australia (Board) decided in July 2018 that the accreditation functions for the podiatry profession will be exercised by an independent accreditation committee established by the Board for a five-year period from 1 July 2019.

 

The Podiatry Accreditation Committee (Committee) will commence undertaking the accreditation functions on 1 July 2019. To ensure a smooth transition of the accreditation work from the Australian and New Zealand Podiatry Accreditation Council (ANZPAC) to the Committee the following arrangements will apply until 30 June 2019.

 

Program accreditation

Enquiries from education providers about existing programs of study, or for major course changes are to be sent to the AHPRA Accreditation Unit.

 

Annual monitoring reports for existing programs

Education providers can continue to send annual monitoring reports for existing programs to ANZPAC at admin@anzpac.org.au until 31 May 2019. From 1 June 2019 these annual monitoring reports are to be sent to the AHPRA Accreditation Unit.  They will be considered by the Committee soon after 1 July 2019.

 

Assessment of the qualifications of overseas trained podiatrists for registration purposes

From 18 May 2019, podiatrists who obtained their qualification overseas and wish to apply for general registration as a podiatrist in Australia can email the Board at podiatrychair@ahpra.gov.au for advice or to apply for general registration as a podiatrist in New Zealand email the Registrar for the New Zealand Board at registrar@podiatristsboard.org.nz  for advice.

 

Please read ANZPAC’s statement to stakeholders here.

 

About Us

The Australian and New Zealand Podiatry Accreditation Council (ANZPAC) is an independent organisation to assess and accredit podiatry education programs that aim to graduate persons who are eligible for registration as a podiatrist and to assess the qualification and skills of overseas trained podiatrists for skilled migration to Australia or suitability to practice in Australia and New Zealand.

 

Aims

The aims of ANZPAC are to:

  • Assess for the purposes of granting accreditation to, programs leading to eligibility for registration as a podiatrist.
  • Advise and make recommendations to the Member Organisations relating to the accreditation status to be granted to a podiatric program.
  • Advise and make recommendations to the Member Organisations and other relevant interest groups on matters concerning the registration of podiatrists.
  • Develop, review and maintain accreditation standards and processes to assess podiatric programs.
  • Develop and implement an overseas skills assessment process to ensure the knowledge, clinical skills and professional attributes of overseas trained podiatrists is of a comparable standard to registered podiatrists for skilled migration to Australia or practise as a podiatrist in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Provide information and advice to Government relating to law and policy concerning the accreditation and competency requirements for the registration of podiatrists.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with bodies or organisations having objects and functions in whole or in part similar to the objects and functions of ANZPAC.

 

Governance

ANZPAC is governed by a Board of Management supported by an Executive Committee, an Accreditation Committee, and a Qualifications and Skills Assessment Committee.

 

Constitution of the ANZPAC

 

Board of Directors

 

Dr Rolf Scharfbillig - Chairperson

Dr Adam Bird - Deputy Chairperson

Dr Matthew Carroll - Treasurer

Ms Fiona Angus

Mr Trent Johnston

Ms Alexandra Noble-Beasley

Dr Anita Raspovic

Ms Joan Russell

Mr Andrew Schox

 

Executive Committee

Dr Rolf Scharfbillig - Chairperson

Dr Adam Bird - Deputy Chairperson

Dr Matthew Carroll - Treasurer

 

Accreditation Committee

Terms of Reference

Dr Rolf Scharfbillig - Chairperson

Mr Tim Abrahams

Ms Fiona Angus

Dr Matthew Carroll

Dr Sara Jones

Ms Joan Russell

 

Qualifications & Skills Assessment Committee

Terms of Reference

Dr Adam Bird - Chairperson

Dr Vivienne Chuter

Ms Belinda Ihaka

Mr Trent Johnston

Dr Susan Owen

Mr Anthony Short