New Zealand is operating at COVID-19 Alert Level 1 as of 3 June 2020.

    

The Ministry of Health has issued guidance to the Allied Health sector which covers Podiatrists – please refer to the Allied Health Professions web page regularly for up to date messaging.

PodiatryNZ acknowledges that New Zealand is currently in a low risk environment, however, it accepts that there is still an world wide pandemic and that a cautious approach is required to prevent any further spread of COVID-19.

 

Podiatrists and health practitioners are in a high risk group of both contracting and transmitting COVID-19. The management of these risks needs to be balanced with continuing to provide equitable and essential health and disability services.  Key messages for health practitioners at Alert Level 1 are:

  1. Screening is paramount

  2. Best practice hygiene must be applied

  3. Professional/clinical discretion and judgement should be applied

  4. Mitigate all/any risk for clients/patients and self

  5. Patients/clients must have confidence in their health practitioner

  6. Promote use of the COVID Tracer App

Specific COVID related questions can be addressed to covid19@podiatristsboard.org.nz or visit the Podiatrists Board.

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