30 Jul 2021
The Osteopathy Board of Australia (the Board) has approved and published the revised Osteopathic accreditation standards (2021) after they were received for approval from the Australian Osteopathic Accreditation Council (AOAC) in June.
The revised standards come into effect on 30 July 2021 with a transition period published on the AOAC’s website.
The revised accreditation standards outline the requirements that education providers must meet to ensure they are equipping graduates with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to safely and competently practise as osteopaths in Australia.
The AOAC is the accreditation authority responsible for developing accreditation standards, accrediting education providers and programs of study for the osteopathy profession. Board chair Dr Nikole Grbin said she was pleased to see the standards published.
'As part of the review process the AOAC spent the last ten months consulting over three stages and received almost 30 submissions from stakeholders including individual practitioners.
‘These standards will ensure that osteopath graduates enter the Australian healthcare profession as safe and competent practitioners. On behalf of the Board I thank everyone who has been involved.
'The AOAC has ensured that feedback was considered and reported on, and as a result has produced relevant, contemporary and culturally safe accreditation standards,’ she said.
In addition to the revised accreditation standards, the AOAC has also published the Transition Policy for New Accreditation Standards and an Essential Evidence Guide which can be viewed on the AOAC Program Accreditation webpage.