The Running Clinic (Australia) formerly trading as the Heel Clinic, was convicted and fined for advertising offences under the National Law. It was fined $30,600 and ordered to pay AHPRA’s costs of $8,000.
It alleged that the Clinic’s advertising contained false, misleading and deceptive claims about podiatry services that were likely to create an unreasonable expectation of beneficial treatment.
AHPRA filed ten charges against the company.
In sentencing, His Honour Magistrate Prowse commented that the company showed no remorse.
AHPRA first raised the unlawful advertising with the company in 2015 and, while minor changes were made, it failed to significantly rectify the issues.
AHPRA CEO Martin Flectcher welcomed the court outcome.:
‘Consumers have a right to expect that all registered health practitioners are truthful when advertising their services. This court outcome sends a clear message to anyone advertising a regulated health service that AHPRA will act if they break the law.
Podiatry Board of Australia Chair Cylie Williams said, “ensuring public safety and trust in services provided by podiatrists in Australia is at the heart of what we do.”