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Osteopathy in New Zealand

As a trusted healthcare practice, it's important for our patients at Health Within Osteopathy to understand the legal framework and regulatory standards that govern our profession in New Zealand. Osteopathy is not only a recognised health care practice but also adheres to strict regulatory guidelines to ensure the highest standards of patient care and safety. Below, we outline the legal recognition, regulatory body oversight, and professional requirements that shape the practice of osteopathy in New Zealand, demonstrating our commitment to excellence in all aspects of our services.

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Legal regulation of osteopathy in New Zealand

Osteopathy is a legally recognised health profession in New Zealand. Like physiotherapy, is it regulated under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003. This act ensures that all practicing osteopaths meet stringent professional standards of safety and competency.

Regulatory body

In New Zealand, the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand (OCNZ) is the responsible authority for the registration and regulation of osteopaths. The OCNZ’s mandate includes maintaining standards of professional practice, promoting public safety, and ensuring that all practitioners undertake ongoing professional development.

Registration and professional standards

To practice as an osteopath in New Zealand, individuals must be registered with the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand and hold a current Annual Practising Certificate (APC). This registration assures patients that the osteopath has met prescribed qualifications and competencies. Osteopaths are required to adhere to a set of professional standards and codes of conduct that govern their practice, emphasizing ethical treatment and patient care.

ACC recognition

Osteopathy is also recognised by the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) in New Zealand, allowing registered osteopaths to treat injuries covered under ACC. This recognition facilitates accessible treatment options for patients with accidental injuries, ensuring they can receive osteopathic care without the need for a referral from a GP.

Ongoing education and training

The field of osteopathy is committed to the continual improvement of practice. Osteopaths in New Zealand must engage in ongoing professional development to maintain their registration and keep abreast of the latest advancements in the field, thereby ensuring high standards of care.

At Health Within Osteopathy, our practitioners are fully registered and meet all the regulatory requirements set forth by the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand. Our commitment to compliance with these legal and professional standards reflects our dedication to providing the highest quality of care to our community in Westmere, Auckland.