The Physiotherapy Board (the Board) is the regulatory authority for physiotherapists, established under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (HPCA Act).
The principal purpose of this Act is to protect the health and safety of members of the public by providing for mechanisms to ensure that health practitioners are competent and fit to practise their professions.
The Board has a number of functions prescribed by the HPCA Act (section 118) in order to achieve the principle purpose of the Act. Key functions are;
• registration of practitioners
• setting of competence to practise standards and ethical conduct
• recertification of practitioners and promotion of lifelong learning
• reviewing of practitioners when health, competence or professional conduct concerns are raised
To protect the health and safety of the public of New Zealand by complying with the legislation as contemplated within section 3 of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (HPCA Act) 2003 in a timely, fiscally responsible manner. The Physiotherapy Board acknowledges Māori as tangata whenua of Aotearoa; it honours the principles of partnership, protection, and participation as an affirmation of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. In all its capacities and functions the Board seeks to protect the health and safety of Māori and Tauiwi equitably.
The health of New Zealanders is enhanced by excellent and advancing physiotherapy standards.
The Physiotherapy Board 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 public health and safety.
The Physiotherapy Board, in fulfilling its statutory role of protecting the health and safety of the public, will at all times:
• act ethically, with respect and integrity;
• make informed decisions fairly, equitably and transparently, while maintaining confidentiality; and
• manage its affairs efficiently and effectively with fiscal responsibility.