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Notice of New Scope Practice (Physiotherapy Specialist)* and Related Qualifications Prescribed by the Physiotherapy Board

Pursuant to section 11(1) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 ("the Act"), the Physiotherapy Board specifies the following new scope of practice:
Scope of Practice - Physiotherapy Specialist
- Physiotherapy specialists are expert physiotherapists who have advanced education, knowledge and skills to practise within a specific area of clinical practice;
- as specialist clinicians, they demonstrate leadership in consultancy, education and research;
- they work collaboratively with the physiotherapy profession and within the wider health team across a range of health and disability settings;
- physiotherapy specialists actively participate and take a leadership role in professional activities, including local and national strategy and policy development; and
- they work in partnership with individuals, whanau, families and communities to optimise health outcomes.
Pursuant to section 12 of the Act, the following qualifications are prescribed for registration as a physiotherapy specialist:
Qualifications Prescribed for Registration in the Scope of Practice: Physiotherapy Specialist
- Provide evidence of successful completion of a minimum of a clinically focused postgraduate Master’s Degree programme, relevant to the specialist area of physiotherapy practice; and
- successful completion of the assessment process approved by the Physiotherapy Board for persons who have met all other set criteria for physiotherapy specialist registration.
This notice takes effect from 1 January 2013.
Dated at Wellington this 29th day of October 2012.
SUSAN J. BEGGS, Registrar, Physiotherapy Board.
*Please insert this new scope of practice as an amendment to the notice on page 2972 in the Supplement to the New Zealand Gazette, 15 September 2004, No. 120.