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Draft National Competency Framework and Standards for Podiatric Surgeons – Second Consultation Paper

 

The Draft National Competency Framework and Standards for Podiatric Surgeons have been revised to incorporate feedback received as part of the preliminary consultation held in mid 2017.  Now based on the CanMeds model, ANZPAC is now seeking submissions from interested stakeholders.  Submissions close on Friday 14 December 2018 at 5.00 pm.

 

On 9 August 2018, the Australian and New Zealand Podiatry Accreditation Council (ANZPAC) was advised by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the Podiatry Board of Australia (Board) that from 1 July 2019, accreditation functions will no longer be exercised by ANZPAC.  Instead, they will be exercised by a Committee of the Board. 

 

In light of this decision, ANZPAC will not be accepting applications for accreditation from new programs of study effective immediately.  Applications for accreditation from existing programs of study, or programs with a major course change, will not be accepted after 31 December 2018.

 

Those programs of study with an application for accreditation currently in progress will be finalised prior to 30 June 2019. 

 

Accreditation

The Australian and New Zealand Podiatry Accreditation Council (ANZPAC) is the accreditation authority responsible for accrediting education providers and programs of study for the podiatry profession. 

 

ANZPAC accreditation is based on self and peer assessment.  Teams that report to the Board of Management through the Accreditation Committee conduct assessments.  Teams include a mix of academics, registered podiatrists, ANZPAC Board of Management and professional association representatives.

 

Accreditation Standards

Accreditation standards are used to assess whether a program of study provides persons who complete the program with the knowledge, skills and professional attributes to practise the profession. 

 

The following accreditation standards have been developed by ANZPAC in consultation with the profession and approved by the Podiatry Board of Australia:

Accreditation Procedures

Accreditation procedures support the accreditation standards and set out the accreditation process.

 

Accredited Programs of Study

Under section 48 of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 (the National Law), an accreditation authority for a health profession may accredit a program of study if, after assessing the program, the authority is reasonably satisfied ?

  1. The program of study, and the educational provider that provides the program of study, meet an approved accreditation standard for the profession; or
  2. The program of study, and the education provider that provides the program of study, substantially meet an approved accreditation standard for the profession and the imposition of conditions on the approval will ensure the program meets the standard within a reasonable time

 

Accreditation Schedule of Fees

From 1 January 2015 education providers will be charged according to the Accreditation Schedule of Fees.