Council has determined seven scopes of practice for osteopaths
(1) Scope of Practice: Osteopath
(2) Scope of Practice: Western Medical Acupuncture (WMA) and Related Needling Techniques
(3) Scope of Practice:Gerontology
(4) Scope of Practice: Pain Management
(5) Scope of Practice: Special Purpose
(6) Scope of Practice: Trainee Osteopath
(7) Scope of Practice: Visiting Osteopathic Presenter / Educator
Please click on each scope to see details.
Section 8 of the HPCA Act requires that health practitioners must not practise outside their scope of practice.
Extended Scopes of Practice
The purpose of an extended scope of practice is to permit holders of the general osteopathic scope of practice to extend their clinical skills. The Council wishes to make explicit that the prescribed qualification for the general osteopathic scope of practice is not adequate to ensure competent practice and protect the health and safety of the public for areas of practice where an extended scope has been developed.
The Council endorses the following philosophy and principles of osteopathic treatment:
The body is a unit.
Implicit in these philosophies is the belief that osteopathic intervention has a positive influence on the above.
Registered osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners who facilitate healing through osteopathic assessment, clinical differential diagnosis and treatment of dysfunctions of the whole person. Osteopaths use various, recognised techniques to work with the body's ability to heal itself, thereby promoting health and wellbeing. These osteopathic manipulative techniques are taught in the core curriculum of accredited courses in osteopathy. The ultimate responsibility for recognition of practice lies with the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand.
The Council decided, initially, to recommend to the Ministry of Health that only registered health practitioners who are working within their scope of practise can do high velocity, low amplitude manipulative techniques to spinal joints.
It was later considered, that the restricted activity should cover the entire spine, and not just the neck portion.
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