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About Us

Our Purpose

The Physiotherapy Board | Te Poari Tiaki Tinana o. Aotearoa is the statutory body which sets standards, monitors and promotes competence, continuing professional development and proper conduct for the practice of physiotherapy in the interests of the public health and safety.

Our Duties and Functions

The functions of the Physiotherapy Board under section 118 of the HPCA Act are:

  • to prescribe the qualifications required for scopes of practice within the profession, and accredit and monitor educational institutions and programmes;
  • to authorise the registration of physiotherapists and maintain a register;
  • to consider applications for annual practising certificates;
  • to review and promote the competence of physiotherapists;
  • to recognise, accredit, and set programmes to ensure the ongoing competence of physiotherapists;
  • to receive and act on information from health practitioners, employers and the Health and Disability Commissioner regarding the competence of physiotherapists;
  • to notify employers, ACC, the Director-General of Health, and the HDC when the practice of a physiotherapist may pose a risk of harm to the public;
  • to consider cases of health practitioners who may be unable to perform the functions required for the practice of physiotherapy;
  • to set standards of clinical competence, cultural competence and ethical conduct to be observed by the profession;
  • to liaise with other authorities appointed under the HPCA Act about matters of common interest;
  • to promote education and training in the profession;
  • to promote public awareness of the responsibilities of the authority; and
  • to exercise and perform any other functions, powers, and duties that are conferred or imposed on it by or under this Act or any other enactment.