News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


New standards for physiotherapy

New standards for physiotherapy
Physiotherapy Board Media Release - 5 May, 2018

The Physiotherapy Board has today launched the first ever comprehensive set of standards for the profession in New Zealand.

The 14 Physiotherapy Standards, which are designed to guide practitioners and protect public safety, cover areas including sexual boundaries, advertising, treatment of friends and whānau, and informed consent.

Physiotherapy Board Chair Janice Mueller, says the Standards are a critical part of ensuring the public can have confidence in the profession. “We have seen a significant increase in complaints over recent years which, while small relative to the number of practitioners, has demonstrated there is a need for a comprehensive and clear set of standards.

“We have developed these standards in consultation with the profession and other health regulators and we are confident they represent a strong set of minimum standards that will help guide physiotherapists in their practice and provide the public with concrete expectations of quality of care.

“Their release represents the latest step in a five year project to modernise the professional and practice framework for physiotherapy. This has also included revising and updating the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, which we have done jointly with Physiotherapy New Zealand, and developing Bi-National practice thresholds with our Australian counterpart.

“It it vital to the future and credibility of the profession that we provide the public with safe and trustworthy care. The Standards we have released today will help do just that.”


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Ockhams: Pip Adam Wins Premier Book Award

A novel which judges say ‘will bring readers back from the dead’ has won the 2018 $50,000 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize in the country’s premier book awards. More>>


Voyager Award Winner: “Sempy’s Xmas”

Congratulations to Kent Blechynden, who won a Voyager Media Award for this photo essay, published on Scoop in December.

Michael “Semp” Semple is an old school punk rocker from New Plymouth who is on the methadone programme... On Christmas day he thought he would be alone but two of his mates, “Mikey” and “Stacey”, turned up for some banter. More>>


Auckland & Christchurch: Bob Dylan Returns To NZ

The cross-generational icon will take in Auckland’s Spark Arena on Sunday 26th August and Christchurch’s Horncastle Arena on Tuesday 28th August. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Who Killed Jane?

This is an important book. Why? Because any publication that soberly and sensibly attempts to cast light on an unsolved murder is important, for the very real reasons that not only do the bereaved require and deserve a sense of closure, but that the murderer or murderers may be closer to being confirmed, arrested, tried. More>>

Comedy Fest: A Tasty Programme

2018 NZ INTERNATIONAL 26 APRIL – 20 MAY This April and May the 2018 NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo, hits Auckland and Wellington with one of the tastiest comedy line-ups of its 26-year-old history!... More>>


Max Rashbrooke Review: Ravishing Berlioz And Ravel

In this engaging, French-inflected performance, full of strengths, perhaps the standout was the mezzo soprano Sasha Cooke. Wellington has been visited by a few high profile singers recently, notably Anne Sofie von Otter, but few have impressed me as much ... More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland