2019 saw the Osteopathy Board of Australia (the Board) visit Canberra, Perth and Hobart as part of a new information forum initiative, with Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide scheduled for 2020.
The information sessions have been designed to give registrants the opportunity to speak with and hear from the Board directly about regulation issues that are of most interest. The sessions also act as an opportunity for the Board to support osteopaths in understanding their obligations and how by meeting them they keep the public safe.
As well as hearing from Board members, attendees of the information sessions also heard from senior Ahpra staff from each of the respective state offices. The Board and Ahpra discussed their roles in setting professional standards and administering the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (National Scheme) and answered questions from attendees which covered advertising, audit, mandatory notifications, professional capabilities and guidelines on boundaries.
Board Chair, Dr Nikole Grbin said: ‘the Board is committed to ensuring its expectations of osteopaths are clearly communicated to practitioners through a variety of means including information forums. These forums are an opportunity for open discussions with practitioners on important regulatory issues.’
Attendees were asked to give feedback about the information session via a survey. Feedback gathered will be used to
develop future presentations to make sure they remain useful to practitioners and relevant.
With 2020 marking 10 years of the National Scheme, these forums are a timely opportunity for the Board to hear from osteopaths of their experiences with national regulation and we look forward to meeting many more osteopaths this year.
Upcoming information forums:
Further details about the information sessions will be released closer to the time. Please keep an eye on the Board’s website for further details.
Photos from the Canberra and Hobart events.
Canberra registrant information forum on 31 May
Hobart information forum on 22 November.