This section of the site outlines important reference information relating to osteopaths who are registered to work in New Zealand, including our Code of Ethics, the Competency Framework and the various processes for handling complaints - either against you or against another practitioner or registered health professional.

This is also the central location for you to find all the information you need to know about Annual Practising Certificates and Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Philosophy and Principles of Osteopathic Treatment 

The Council endorses the following philosophy and principles of osteopathic treatment:

The body is a unit.

  • Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated.
  • The body possesses self-regulatory mechanisms.
  • The body has the inherent capacity to defend itself and repair itself.
  • When normal adaptability is disrupted, or when environmental changes overcome the body's capacity for self-maintenance, disease may ensue.
  • Movement of body fluids is essential to the maintenance of health.
  • The nerves play a crucial part in controlling the fluids of the body.
  • There are somatic components to disease that are not only manifestations of disease but also are factors that contribute to maintenance of the diseased state.

Implicit in these philosophies is the belief that osteopathic intervention has a positive influence on the above.