My Podiatry Future

My Questions

Who offers a Degree in Podiatry?

The Auckland University of Technology (AUT) offers a three year Bachelor of Health Sciences. Further information from AUT.

What qualifications do I need to study Podiatry in New Zealand?

The Auckland University of Technology (AUT) offers a three year Bachelor of Health Sciences which can provide you with many podiatry job opportunities. Further information from AUT.

What hours does a Podiatrist work?

In general Podiatrists work Monday to Friday, with an option of providing one late-night clinic for the convenience of patients. Private practice entails no shift or weekend work. 

A typical working day in New Zealand is eight hours. A Podiatrist will see patients for around 6.5 to 7 hours each day.

What companies offer a graduate programme for podiatrists?

Foot Mechanics offers new graduates an Employee Development Programme, COMPASS, that supports people to make the transition from full-time study to being a contributing member of the primary health care community and provides opportunity for experienced Podiatrists to learn new enharced skills. The programme covers designing treatment plans, making recommendations and patient follow-up. The programme has been developed by Foot Mechanics and participation in the programme completes your requirements each year for your Annual Practicing Certificate.

Overseas Work Visa and Residency Enquiries

How do I work in New Zealand?

Prior to arriving in New Zealand, prospective immigrants need to apply for a work visa. For more information about work visas, please click here.

Is there a National Podiatry Body?

Yes, there is the Podiatry New Zealand (formally New Zealand Society of Podiatrists), which represents the interests of the profession and those working within it, similar to the Australian Podiatry Association.  

The PODIATRISTS BOARD OF NEW ZEALAND operates under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 and is the regulatory body for the occupation of podiatry (and chiropody) in New Zealand. Get more information from the Podiatrists Board of New Zealand website.

Does New Zealand need more Podiatrists?

Yes, as with most professions, New Zealand is seeking trained and qualified graduates, and trained professionals. Currently in New Zealand there are approximately 225 registered Podiatrists. Of these, the majority are working in private practice.

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