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In 1968, after decades of lobbying by the Chiropodists Association of Victoria (now the Australian Podiatry Association (Vic)), legislation for the regulation of chiropodists passed through Parliament. The Chiropodists Act 1968 (No. 7765) came into operation on 2 February 1970, establishing the Chiropodists Registration Board of Victoria and allowing for the registration of chiropodists.
Formation and Membership of the Board
The Board, appointed by the Governor in Council, consisted of two medical practitioners nominated by the governing body of the Victorian Branch of the Australian Medical Association, one chiropodist selected by the Minister for appointment as chairman and three chiropodists elected by the chiropodists of Victoria.
Functions and Operation
The Chiropodists Act 1968 defined the functions of the Board as follows:
* To determine the period of training in chiropody and the educational standards required for admission to the training
* To decide on the courses of training and standards of examination in addition to those established under the Act
* To hold examinations and appoint examiners
* To issue or cancel certificates of registration
* To suspend the registration of any person under the Act and to annul the suspension if necessary
* To cancel the registration of any person under the Act and to annul the cancellation if necessary
* To take proceedings for offences under this Act
Australian chiropodists officially changed the name of their profession to podiatry in 1977. The name change reflected the upgrading of education levels and an expansion in the scope of practice by the profession. (Australian Podiatry Council, 2008)
The Board was abolished in 1998 with the proclamation of the Podiatrists Registration Act 1997 and a new Board was established (see VA 4873).