Osteopahic Council

How to Register

THE OVERSEAS ASSESSMENT COMPETENT AUTHORITY PATHWAY
When you have registred with the Osteopathic Council New Zealand (OCNZ) you will need to apply for an Annual Practising Certificate (APC). Your APC will have the "Preceptorship" condition on the scope of practice and this means that you need to successfully complete the 12-month Competent Authority Pathway Programme (CAPP) before this condition can be removed.

The assessment process has been designed to ensure you have appropriate opportunities to demonstrate your capability as an osteopath and you have several types of assessments to undertake. It is recognised that some capabilities are best tested in practical ways, some can be tested through written and verbal tests, and some can only really be assessed when you are performing your actual tasks as an osteopath in a real work situation. Accordingly the CAPP process has been carefully designed to ensure you have sufficient opportunities to demonstrate your capabilities. Additionally many capabilities can be assessed in more than one type of assessment / test and so by using several assessments to assess various capabilities we can ensure that we are appropriately reviewing your skills. Borderline candidates are also given the opportunity for feedback and the work place based programme ensures that you are given guidance if you need to increase your skills to the required level.

FEE

The fee to undertake the CAPP is $3600 (GST Inclusive) and is payable at the same time that you apply and pay for your annual practising certificate.

Please ensure that you have attached the following documentation to your application form:

checkbox   Certified copy of your Birth Certificate or Passport
checkbox   Evidence of change of name (if applicable)
checkbox   Certified copy of driver's licence (if applicable)
checkbox   Certified copy of your qualification (if applicable)
checkbox   Details of, and documentation on, any ‘professional conduct’ complaints brought against you (if applicable)
checkbox   Details of, and documentation on, any other complaint brought against you in your professional capacity (if applicable)
checkbox   Details of any refusal to register you or to cancel your registration (if applicable)
checkbox   Curriculum vitae
checkbox   Evidence of recent practice (if applicable)
checkbox   Letter of Good Standing (overseas applicants only)
checkbox   Record of Criminal Convictions/Police clearance from country of orgin
checkbox   Police clearance from each country that you have resided in for 12 or more months
checkbox   Two character references
checkbox   Consent to disclosure information (if applicable)
checkbox   Passport-sized photograph
checkbox   Application for Annual Practising Certificate (if applicable)
checkbox   Completed payment form and payment

 

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Trainee Osteopath Requirements 

Have submitted the research thesis component for the course - please provide a letter from Unitec.

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Demonstrate you will be working in a group practice - please provide a letter from the employer.

 NOTE

Please keep a copy of your application, including your supporting documents, for your reference. Send the completed form and supporting documentation to:

The Registrar,
Osteopathic Council
P.O. Box 9644
Wellington 6141
New Zealand

Courier delivery address:

Osteopathic Council, 
Level 6, 
22 - 28 Willeston Street,
Wellington 6011
New Zealand

If you are a registered in Australia as an osteopath, you are able to practice in New Zealand under the TTMRA between Australia and New Zealand. The information below sets out what you need to know to have your registration approved so you can begin to practice here.

Information About Applying for Registration in New Zealand

The Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition agreement provides an alternative avenue for obtaining registration in New Zealand.

Background

The Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997 (TTMRA) came into force on 1 May 1998. It recognises the regulatory standards adopted in Australia regarding goods and occupations.

Mutual Recognition Principle

The Act allows people registered in Australia and New Zealand who practise substantially the same registered occupations, where there is similar legislation in both countries, to move freely between the two countries.

If you are registered to practise osteopathy in Australia, you are entitled to seek registration as an osteopath in New Zealand. You will need to:

  • make a statutory declaration,
  • pay the application fee,
  • provide evidence of entitlement to practise as an osteopath by supplying a certified copy of a current practising certificate/registration or other document evidencing current entitlement to practice osteopathy in Australia,
  • provide a certified copy of your Birth Certificate or Passport,
  • provide a certified copy of your qualification,
  • complete a Consent to Disclosure of Information form - NZ Police Report.

Application Process

When deciding whether to grant, postpone or refuse your applications, the Council makes inquiries of the authorities of any jurisdictions in which you are registered, to ensure that the information supplied on your application form is correct, and to establish whether there are any conditions or restrictions relating to your registration in those jurisdictions. The Council also makes inquiries regarding your activities in osteopathy and any matters relevant to your written notice. The Council may postpone or refuse to grant registration if:

  • Any of the statements or information in the notice required by section 19 of TTMRA are materially false or misleading ; or
  • any document or information required by section 19 is materially false or misleading; or
  • any document required by section 19 has not been provided; or
  • the Council determines that the occupation in which registration is sought is not an equivalent occupation, and that equivalence cannot be achieved by the imposition of conditions; or
  • the circumstances of the applicant have materially changed since the date of the notice or the date it was given.

Pending the granting or refusal of registration, a person is deemed to be registered and is entitled to practice osteopathy in New Zealand as long as he/she has a current New Zealand Annual Practising Certificate. The Council may impose conditions on deemed registrations to:

  • achieve equivalence of occupations; or
  • match conditions that apply to a person's Australian registration; or
  • implement the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition principle in relation to occupations.


There is a right of review of the council's decision to postpone or refuse registration. Once granted, registration takes effect as if it had been granted immediately on giving of the written notice.


Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (HPCA Act)

Once registered, you will practise in New Zealand under the requirements of the HPCA Act. Its purpose is to protect the health and safety of members of the public by providing for mechanisms to ensure that health practitioners are competence and fit to practise their profession. You can view the legislation on www.legistation.govt.nz under Statutes - Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003.

The Council is required under part 6 section 138 of the HPCA Act to register certain information about each practitioner, this includes:

  • full name
  • qualifications
  • scope of practice and any change to the scope of practice
  • whether the practitioner holds an annual practising certificate, or interim practising certificate
  • any other matters the authority thinks fit e.g. address information.

Although you are not applying to register under the HPCA Act, the Council would appreciate information about your qualifications (see question 4).

Practitioners who are registered under TTMRA are, like all registered practitioners, required to apply for an Annual Practising Certificate under the HPCA Act. A copy of this form and the required fee is attached.

As part of the registration process, you will be asked to make declarations as to your competence. A scope of practice is endorsed on your APC in accordance with the HPCA Act. The scope of practice describes the health services that the practitioner is permitted to perform.


Timeline

Procedure Timeframe
  • Apply for Registration
  • You should allow 4 weeks for this. It will often be much quicker depending on the length of time to get information from Australia, but could take longer if you have not provided all of the required documentation.
  • Apply for an Annual Practising Certificate
  • You should allow 2 - 4 weeks for this. It will often be much quicker depending on the Registrar's workload, but could take longer if you have not provided all of the required documentation.
Note: This is usually done at the same time as applying for registration, but can be done at a later date.

Applicants who are registered with an Australian registration authority should first read the above registration information and then download and complete the application form. In addition to seeking registration, applicants will also need to apply for an Annual Practising Certificate prior to practising in New Zealand.


Please keep a copy of your application, including your supporting documents, for your reference.

Send the completed form and supporting documentation to:

The Registrar,
Osteopathic Council,
PO Box 9644,
Wellington 6141,  New Zealand

Courier Address:

The Registrar,
Osteopathic Council,
Level 6, 22 - 28 Willeston Street, 
Wellington 6011, New Zealand

Information to assist applicants when completing the application form

The Council is required under part 6 section 138 of the HPCA Act to register certain information about each practitioner, this includes:

  • practitioner’s name
  • qualifications
  • scope of practice and any change to the scope of practice
  • whether the practitioner holds an annual practising certificate, or interim practising certificate
  • any other matters the authority thinks fit e.g. address information.

 

  1. Personal Details and Contact Details
    Please provide full personal and contact details. You must supply your residential and postal addresses, and work address (including the name of the practice) if applicable.

    Your name, details of your qualifications, the scope in which you are registered, your current practising certificate status and your current practising address will be entered into a public register. You can advise the Osteopathic Council in writing if you do not want your work address to be included.

  2. Prescribed Qualifications
    Qualification for registration is:
    • a Master of Osteopathy, conferred by Unitec Te Whare Wananga o Wairaka

    If you cannot supply a certified copy of your degree, you must provide confirmation from Unitec (for example, a letter or certificate) that you have successfully completed the degree.
  3. Fitness for Registration
  • Record of Criminal Convictions
    If you have a criminal conviction, you will need to declare this and provide details of the nature and date of conviction. If you have a conviction punishable by imprisonment for 3 months or longer, you will have to satisfy the Council that the conviction does not reflect adversely on your fitness to practise.

    New Zealand applicants are required to be vetted through a police vetting procedure and must complete a “Consent to Disclosure of Information” form. Copies of this form can be downloaded from elsewhere on the website. Overseas applicants must provide a police clearance or equivalent from their country of residence.
  • Mental or Physical Condition
    If you have a mental or physical condition this does not necessarily disqualify you from being registered. The Council, however, has to be satisfied that your condition does not affect your ability to practise safely and competently. The Council will decide on a case by case basis, based on information which may include, but is not limited to, a medical certificate.
  • Professional conduct
    If you have had any complaints made against you in your professional capacity, please provide information on the complaint, including the nature of the complaint, the name and contact details of the organisation to which the complaint was made, and the outcome. You should include documentary evidence, such as reports or determinations, relevant to the complaint.
    You must provide information on any complaints currently being considered as well as complaints that have been resolved.

  1. Curriculum vitae
    Your curriculum vitae should be up-to-date, and contain details of all your work experience, including the names of the practices at which you have worked and an indication of your job description, from the date on which you qualified to the time you apply for registration. Please provide independent evidence that you have worked as an osteopath; for example a letter from your current or last employer, practice partner or practice director or manager.

  2. Registration in a country other than New Zealand
    If you are currently practising, or have recently practised, in a country where there is compulsory registration, you should provide a Letter of Good Standing from the registration authority in that country. The letter should confirm your registration status; that you are of good character; that no disciplinary action has been taken against you and that there are no current complaints about you. The letter should be no more than six months old at the time we receive your application.

  3. Registrations with Other Health Practitioner Authorities
    This is self-explanatory.

  4. References/Certificates of Good Character
    You must supply two references on the form Certificate of Good Character. (Two copies of this form are attached to the Registration application form.) Referees must be persons of good standing in the community who have known you for at least one year. You cannot ask a relative, your partner, or someone employed by you to provide a reference. References must be no more than six months old at the time your application is received by the Council.

  5. Documentary Evidence
    All documents supplied as part of an application for registration or a practising certificate must be certified copies of originals. A certified copy is a photocopy signed by a Judge, Commissioner of Oaths, Justice of the Peace, lawyer, or Notary Public. Names and addresses of New Zealand Justices of the Peace and solicitors can be found in the Telecom Yellow Pages.

  6. Photograph
    You must provide a colour, passport-sized photograph of yourself. The person taking your statutory declaration should endorse the photograph (on the reverse side) with the words: “This is a true likeness of [your name]”.

  7. Declaration
    You will need to make a declaration by signing the application form in the presence of a lawyer, Justice of the Peace, Notary Public, Court Registrar, or any other person authorised to take such Declarations.

    It is an offence to make a false or misleading declaration. Please ensure that all the information you provide is correct.

  8. Practising Certificates
    If you wish to practise osteopathy, you must be registered and hold a current practising certificate. If you will not be practising during the practising year (1 April to 31 March), you may choose to apply to be registered but do not need to apply for a practising certificate. Application for a practising certificate should be made on the form provided and can be sent in with this application form.

  9. Fees
    We are unable to process your application until we receive your payment.

    Please ask if you would like a receipt for your registration and practising certificate fees.  We will send that with your letter of notification.

The Council has set various charges, which have been published in the New Zealand Gazette in accordance with section 130 of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003. These charges apply to applications relating to 17 February 2017 onwards, and are in $NZ including GST (Goods and Services Tax).

  1. If you will not be practising immediately during the year (1 April to 31 March) you may apply for registration and, once registered, must pay the inactive registrant's annual fee.  If you apply later for a practising certificate, the inactive registrant's fee that you have already paid for that year will be deducted from the normal APC fee.  Please note that if you are registered and have not held a practising certificate for some years and have not paid the annual inactive registrant's fee during those years, the outstanding fees will be a debt due to the Council before a practising certificate will be issued. 
  2. We are unable to process your application until it is complete, and your payment has been cleared.
  3. You can click here for the payments form to pay the charges.

 Please click here to see the full range of fees.

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P O Box 9644, Wellington 6141, New Zealand
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