the newsletter of the
physiotherapy board of
Foreword Focus on
From the Chair,
Hilary Godsall Annual Practising
This time of year brings a recurring reminder to
practitioners that their Annual Practising Certificate
(APC) application, including fee payment, is due. It
is heartening to know that in the last five years the APC for 1 April 2010 to 31 March 2011
number of practitioners who have overlooked this
requirement or regularly made a late payment has Practising Status 2010/2011 forms were sent out in
significantly decreased. February to all practitioners who currently hold an APC
to 31 March 2010. If you wish to continue or resume
The fee for an APC has again been kept to a low level
physiotherapy practise on 1 April 2010 you must have an
which will be favourably received by both practitioners
and employers. Your Board works hard to contain APC for the new practising year. Please contact the Board
expenditure and to manage all aspects of financial Secretariat immediately if you have not received your
performance while meeting their legal responsibilities Practising Status 2010/2011 form. Contact details are on
for the health and safety of the public. the back page of this newsletter.
As a New Zealand registered physiotherapist, your The APC fee for the 2010/2011 practising year remains
APC is your legal entitlement to practise and as such,
at $250.00 inclusive of GST. The Board reduced the fee
is a valuable document. Implicit in holding an APC is
your commitment to lifelong learning and to the pursuit from $333 to $250 for the 2009/2010 practising year and
of high standards of clinical competence, cultural is pleased that with careful financial management the
competence and ethical conduct. reduced fee has been able to be maintained for this year.
Receipt of your APC for the coming year is an
ideal time to pause and to review your professional
development plan going forward and to reflect on your
responsibilities as a member of our fine profession. Renewing Your Annual Practising Certificate
Good wishes for the 2010/2011 practising year. If you currently hold an APC you will already be aware that all
current APCs (i.e. for the year 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2010)
expire on 31 March 2010.
It is pleasing to note that at the date
of compiling this newsletter, more
than seventy-five percent of practising
physiotherapists have sent in their
3 Consultation on
Physiotherapy Specialists completed Practising Status forms to
4 The Recertification Programme
Audit continued over
focus on annual practising certificates ... continued
The Board would appreciate your assistance in reminding Changed Your Residential or Work Address?
fellow physiotherapists of the APC deadline. If you did not receive a Practising Status 2010/2011 form in
It is important for you and your employer to be aware that if February, it is probably because the Board does not hold your
the Board receives your completed APC application on or after current postal address.
1 April 2010, your new APC will be dated from the day your As soon as any part of your contact details change, please give
complete application is received. APCs are valid from the date written notice to the Board. For your convenience you can do
of issue and cannot be backdated. You will be unable to legally this by downloading the change of address form from the Board
practise from 1 April 2010 until the date of issue. website.
To be assured that there are no delays in processing your
application or disruption in your practice, please ensure that your
application is complete. A completed application has: Did you know that section 140 of the HPCA Act
requires that physiotherapists must promptly give
• All sections supplied (and any relevant documentation
written notice to the Physiotherapy Board of any
provided, if applicable)
change in their postal, residential or work address?
• Responses to the competence and fitness to practise questions
• A signed declaration
• Applicable fee paid in full It has been noted that many currently practising physiotherapists
do not have a work address recorded. If you are working and have
It is your responsibility to submit your APC application. If you not advised the Board of your work address, please do so.
would like confirmation of your application’s completion or you
are unsure of your application status, please contact the Board
Changed Your Name?
Secretariat via phone or email.
Section 141 of the HPCA Act requires that within 1 month after
a physiotherapist changes his or her name, the practitioner must
Why hold an APC?
give written notice to the Physiotherapy Board of their new name.
Section 7 of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act
2003 (HPCA Act) requires all practising physiotherapists in New You can do this by downloading the change of name form from
Zealand to be registered and hold a current APC. the Board website. Complete and sign the form and attach a
certified copy of relevant documentation (e.g. marriage certificate;
statutory declaration) and send to the Board by mail.
Your Annual Practising Certificate (APC) is a public
statement by the Board of its confidence in your Heading Overseas?
competence and fitness to practise physiotherapy.
Where possible, please inform the Board before you go overseas.
The date you finish practising is key information that the Board
records in case of fraudulent use of your APC.
If in doubt as to whether you are required to have a current APC,
please contact the Board Secretariat for advice. You are required to update your status annually while you
are registered with the Board. Practising Status forms are sent
to your last known address. The forms are also available to
be downloaded from the Board’s website from anywhere in
Important Message to Employers of the world, so there should not be a delay in sending your
Physiotherapists documentation wherever you reside.
It is good practice to sight the original APC While you are away and still registered as a physiotherapist in
prior to the employee commencing practise on, New Zealand, you will be required to keep your contact and
or prior to, the beginning of the 2010/2011 address details up-to-date – download the change of address form
practising year. This will provide certainty that on the Board’s website, complete and mail or fax it to the Board
the employee has an APC for the new practising
year which commences on 1 April. There may If you are unsure of your status in the register: first check the
be implications for employers if their employees public register on the website (the online public register records
practise without a current APC. those practitioners who hold a current APC); or email the Board
with any further enquiries regarding your status in the New
Zealand register: firstname.lastname@example.org.
the physiotherapy board
of new zealand
The Online Public Register
The Board’s online public register records
those physiotherapists who are currently
eligible to practise. Go to the website
www.physioboard.org.nz to visit the
public register. The public register is
generally updated weekly online, but thank you to all those who
in early April it will be updated more responded to the board’s
frequently. consultation document on
physiotherapy specialists in
A total of 94 submissions were received from 69
Overseas Educated Physiotherapists
individual physiotherapists, nine physiotherapy
To practise physiotherapy legally in New Zealand, you
organisations, nine district health boards, and seven
must be both registered by the Board and hold a current
other organisations. Eighty-seven percent of the
APC. This may differ from the country in which you
were educated or previously registered. You will remain respondents supported the role of Physiotherapy
registered in New Zealand unless you or the Board cancel Specialists being recognised in New Zealand.
your registration, but you must apply annually for a
practising certificate if you are practising in New Zealand. A summary of the results of the consultation was sent
Otherwise, you are required to apply annually to remain in December to all those who made a submission and
on the register as a non-practising physiotherapist. is also available on the Board’s website.
On the strength of the support for the role of
Physiotherapy Specialists, and for recognition to
If you have made a decision to remain in the register as
be by regulation under the Health Practitioners
a non-practising physiotherapist in New Zealand in the
Competence Assurance Act 2003 (HPCA Act), the
practising year 1 April 2010 to 31 March 2011, or will
be ceasing practise in New Zealand by 31 March 2010, Board has established a Physiotherapy Specialist
you do not need to apply for an APC but instead should Advisory Group. The role of the group is to develop
inform the Board using the Practising Status 2010/2011 a process for consideration by the Board including
form. scope definition, eligibility criteria, specialist
For physiotherapists who intend to return to practise in competencies, recertification requirements, and
New Zealand at a future date, remaining on the register the role of other agencies. It is vital that the process
has the advantage of being kept up-to-date by the Board developed provides credibility to the title and
with important information including any legislative practice of Physiotherapy Specialists, both within and
changes pertaining to physiotherapy. You may remain on
outside the physiotherapy profession.
the Board’s register as ‘non-practising in New Zealand’ by
completing the required details and paying the annual fee The Advisory Group members are Janice Mueller,
Lynne Taylor, and Kirsten Davie. Additional members
or groups may be co-opted to address specific matters
arising from the Advisory Group’s terms of reference.
the physiotherapy board
of new zealand
The Recertification Programme Audit
a second audit cycle commenced on 1 april 2008 and is due to run until 31 march 2011.
In this second year, a total of 216 practitioners have been hours component may be included if completed but are not
selected for recertification audit. Most auditees were selected mandatory at this stage of the cycle. The CPD activity
randomly, but also included were 18 recent returners to the being audited is that undertaken between 1 April 2008 and
profession. Returners to the profession are defined as those 31 March 2010, although activity from 1 January 2008 is
practitioners who return to practice after a break of three or able to be logged.
more years. Once their return to practice programme has
been completed they are automatically included in the next Audit participants have until 30 April 2010 to provide their
practising year’s audit. completed Professional Development Report (PDR) to the
Board. So far, forty auditees have submitted their PDRs and
Requirements for this audit remain the same as last year, received their audit report outcomes.
except that the number of minimum hours required to
be audited has changed to reflect the length of the audit The recertification section of the Board’s website has the
period. Current audit participants are required to supply a current audit PDR template. Have a look at what the current
Professional Development Report (PDR) with a minimum audit participants are using to complete their professional
of 40 hours of formally recorded Continuing Professional development reports.
Development (CPD) activity logged and supported by up
to five pieces of evidence. Peer review and the practical
Special Message for Participants in this Year’s
The 2008-2009 Annual Report If you participated in the current audit cycle, please
return your evaluation form once you have completed
is now available the process and received your outcome. The feedback
helps the Board further refine the recertification
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