How to Register

Appeal provisions are set out in part 5 of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003.

Rights of appeal to the District Court

Practitioners may appeal to a District Court against a decision of the Osteopathic Council to:

  • decline registration
  • decline an application for change to the existing scope of practice
  • decline an annual practising certificate application
  • suspend the practitioner's practising certificate or registration
  • cancel registration
  • include conditions in the practitioner's scope of practice or proposed scope of practice
  • vary any conditions in the practitioner's scope of practice.

Rights of appeal to the High Court

Practitioners may appeal to the High Court against:

  • a finding by the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal under s.100
  • an order made by the Tribunal under s.92(4) or s.101
  • a decision made by the Tribunal on an application by the person under s.94
  • any order, or refusal to make such an order, by the Tribunal under s.95
  • a decision of the Tribunal on an application under s.99.

An appeal must be brought to the appropriate court by way of notice of appeal in accordance with rules of the court and must be lodged within 20 working days after the notice of the authority decision or order is communicated to the appellant.

It is normal for practitioners seeking to exercise a right of appeal to seek the advice and services of a lawyer to act on their behalf.

NZ REGISTRATION

In order to work legally as an osteopath in New Zealand, it is necessary to:

  • be registered by the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand (OCNZ), which is the regulatory body governing the practice of osteopathy AND
  • hold a current practising certificate.

RECOGNISED QUALIFICATIONS

Osteopaths who are registered with the General Osteopathic Council of the United Kingdom (GOsC) and hold a qualification from a recognised institution can apply directly for registration.

ANNUAL PRACTISING CERTIFICATE

Registration, by itself, does not allow a practitioner to lawfully practise osteopathy.  In addition to registration, an annual practising certificate (APC) is required.  Prior to commencing practice you will need to apply for an APC if you have not already done so. Your APC will have the “Preceptorship” condition on the scope of practice. Please click here to read more about this condition. 

 

 

 

Schedule of Qualifying Overseas Institutions

Institution

Years

British College of Naturopathy and Osteopathy From 9 May 2000
British College of Osteopathic Medicine From 9 May 2000
British School of Osteopathy From 9 May 2000
College of Osteopaths From 8 May 2001
European School of Osteopathy From 9 May 2000
Leeds Metropolitan University From 1 Sept 2007
London College of Osteopathic Medicine From 9 May 2000
London School of Osteopathy From 9 May 2000
NESCOT previously SIOM, Surrey From 1 Nov 2013
Oxford Brookes University From 1 Oct 2003
Surrey Institute of Osteopathic Medicine From 1 Jan 2003
Swansea University From 15 Dec 2011
The University of St Mark and St John(Marjon) From 1 Sept 2017
University College of Osteopathy, London From 1 Oct 2013

 SUMMARY OF REQUIREMENTS AND FORMS FOR APPLICANTS WITH RECOGNISED QUALIFICATIONS

  1. Registration application form
  2. Annual Practising Certificate (APC) application form
  3. Payment form

Please note that as original documents need to be sighted, it is not possible to register by email.


NON-RECOGNISED QUALIFICATIONS

Osteopaths who have undertaken their training overseas and whose qualifications are NOT recognised by the OCNZ, will have their qualifications considered on a case-by-case basis. The OCNZ does not accredit overseas osteopathic qualifications. Applications are submitted to the OCNZ’s assessors who consider the comparability of qualifications to New Zealand standards and osteopathic capabilities.

Applicants must submit a capabilities assessment application along with their registration application. The capabilities assessment application is a self-assessment in which applicants are asked to describe how they have demonstrated the six capabilities in their current or previous osteopathic practice and relevant life experiences.

Please note that as original documents need to be sighted, it is not possible to register by email.

ANNUAL PRACTISING CERTIFICATE

Registration, by itself, does not allow a practitioner to lawfully practise osteopathy.  In addition to registration, an annual practising certificate (APC) is required.  Prior to commencing practice you will need to apply for an APC if you have not already done so. Your APC will have the “Preceptorship” condition on the scope of practice. Please click here to read more about this condition. 

SUMMARY OF REQUIREMENTS AND FORMS FOR APPLICANTS WITHOUT RECOGNISED QUALIFICATIONS

1.Read: Registration Information for Overseas Trained Osteopaths Without Recognised Qualifications.

2.CompleteCapabilities Assessment Application.

3.CompleteRegistration Form.

4.Complete: Annual Practising Certificate Form.

5.Complete: Payment Form.

 Note: Australian registered osteopaths may seek registration in New Zealand under the Trans Tasman Mutual Recognition Agreement.

 


To legally practice as an osteopath in New Zealand, you must hold an approved qualification (international or New Zealand based), have current registration with the Osteopathic Council and hold a current Annual Practising Certificate (APC).

 

The purpose of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 is to protect the health and safety of the public by providing mechanisms to ensure that health practitioners are competent and fit to practice their professions.

 

One of the primary mechanisms to achieve this purpose is the registration of health practitioners.

 

A health practitioner cannot be registered unless a registration authority is satisfied that he or she has a prescribed qualification, is competent to practice and is fit for registration.

 

Applying for Registration

To practise as an osteopath in New Zealand you must be registered with the Osteopathic Council. You must also have a current Annual Practising Certificate (APC).

Please allow a minimum of 5 - 7 working days for the Council to process a fully completed application for registration, or for your APC. Note that the fee for registration is a one-off fee, but the APC must be paid for on an annual basis. The APC year runs from 1 April to 31 March of the following year.

 
You may apply for registration only if:
  • You have a Master of Osteopathy, conferred by Unitec Te Whare Wananga o Wairaka; OR
  • You have passed the OCNZ qualifications assessment process; OR
  • You are registered with an equivalent Australian registration authority
 The Osteopathic Council does not, at present, recognise any other New Zealand qualification.
If you have an osteopathic qualification gained in any country other than New Zealand or Australia and are interested in working in New Zealand, you will have to apply to OCNZ for assessment of your qualifications and competence.

Trainee Scope of Practice

Registered trainee osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners who are enrolled in the prescribed qualification for the General Osteopathic Scope of Practice at Unitec. The trainee osteopath will have submitted the final draft of their thesis for marking. All other components of the required course will be completed to a satisfactory level. The Council sees that this final marking stage of the thesis and the time that it takes, should not prevent practice of the student. The student will need to be working in a group practice to ensure peer support and is required to practise within the General Osteopathic Scope of Practice and comply with all related codes and practice standards.
The period of time that a trainee osteopath can practise under this scope of practice will normally be limited to six months but may be extended at Council's discretion.
Click here for the requirements for obtaining the trainee scope of practice.
 
Please note:

If more than 6 months has elapsed since the completion of  the clinical  components of the qualification leading to registration and your application for an initial annual practising certificate, you may be required to demonstrate your competence to practise. Council will consider issues of recency of practice on an individual basis. Please contact the Registrar to discuss your options.


Applicants holding NZ qualifications

Applicants who have a Master of Osteopathy conferred by Unitec should complete:

and
  
Request and Consent Form - Police Vetting

You must complete a request and consent form. The information on the form is used to perform a search using the New Zealand Police electronic vetting services.

For practitioners applying from overseas they must provide a certified police report from the country of residence. The certified report must be no older than six months at the time the application for registration is submitted.

A certified copy is a copy of the original that has been certified by a solicitor or notary public. 

Please note that registration is not automatically granted. The Osteopathic Council must be confident that you are competent and fit for registration. The information you give us in your application form will assist the Council in our decision-making process.