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MoH notice re face masks

The Ministry of Health has identified potential concerns around the quality of some masks distributed from the National Supply Chain. The concerns relate to inconsistencies in labelling and certification. (more…)

New appointments to the Board

The Physiotherapy Board is pleased to welcome two new Board members to the team – physiotherapist Kelly Brodie and lay member Rosemary (Rose) Wilson. (more…)

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR): consideration in clinical care

In New Zealand, five people per day are treated by St John Ambulance Service for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest; 74% of those patients receive bystander CPR (St John New Zealand, 2018). Early high-quality CPR has been shown to save lives and improve outcomes for patients. (more…)

CPD decision and framework released

The Board has released its decision following the consultation on Continuing Professional Development and recertification. PDF versions of the decision and the framework are available in our resources section. (more…)

Guidance for Sports Physiotherapists working under Alert Level 2

Many physiotherapists are preparing to return to working alongside sports teams, players and athletes over the coming weeks, whether that be on the field, courtside or within clubrooms. It is important to remember that while many sports have been allowed to resume at Alert Level 2, physiotherapists working with these athletes are still required to take the same care and precautions to protect themselves and the public, as they would working in any other environments. (more…)

Privacy during the pandemic: Dealing with personal information in Level 2

Now that COVID-19 Alert Level 2 has come into effect, physiotherapists have much greater freedom to see patients in face-to-face clinical consultations. But normal service hasn’t resumed yet– Ministry of Health orders require healthcare providers to take specific actions to prevent and control infection during Alert Level 2. Guidance on how those orders apply to physiotherapists can be found here.

This article considers how physiotherapists should deal with personal information about their patients during Alert Level 2 and considers two key aspects:

  • What personal information should physiotherapists collect and how should that information be collected?
  • How may personal information be used or disclosed?


HPDT Finding – Ashley Stiven

The Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal has published its decision upholding a charge against Mr Ashley Stiven, a physiotherapist practising in Dunedin.

The charge related to ACC claims for treatment of people close to him. The full decision is available here. The Board’s Treatment of whānau, family members and others close to you Standard is here.

Guidance on seeing patients at Alert Level 2 (non DHB setting)


Updated 8 May 2020

Please note this guide is a living document and will be updated as information from the Ministry of Health is released during the Alert Level changes. Please check both this document and the Ministry of Health website regularly for updates and changes.


Alert Level 2 – what we know so far

The Prime Minister has signaled that Level 2 may start as early as next Wednesday (13 May) and her Cabinet is meeting today to decide on what this will involve. With this change coming the issue of what Level 2 will look like is understandably top of mind for most primary care providers.  It is frustrating for us and the profession alike that there is currently only high-level guidance available. (more…)

What an unbelievable time and what unbelievable sacrifices the profession has made since the Alert 4 lockdown.  We have had so many calls and emails from physiotherapists struggling with the restrictions – the financial, personal and professional stresses are huge.  Our hearts go out to you and those around you who are impacted by this pandemic.


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