29 Jun 2022
The revised Code of conduct (the code) for osteopaths comes into effect today with resources to help osteopaths understand and apply the code also published.
The Osteopathy Board of Australia (the Board), along with 11 other National Boards, is pleased to see the code come into effect today and is encouraging all practitioners to familiarise themselves with it.
Board Chair, Dr Nikole Grbin (osteopath), noted the importance of the document, and thanked those who have been involved in its revision.
‘Revising the Code of conduct, an important document for our profession, involved extensive consultation. I’d like to thank everyone who participated in the consultation and shared their views and opinions. Your contributions have resulted in a more contemporary, more useful and more accessible document that guides our profession’ Dr Grbin said.
Dr Grbin said the Board was particularly pleased with the inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and cultural safety, a new section to the code.
‘We’ve included the National Scheme’s definition of cultural safety in the revised code as well as guidance on how you can ensure culturally safe and respectful practice. This inclusion highlights the important role osteopaths have in achieving equity in health outcomes between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and other Australians to close the gap’, she said.
The Board is also pleased with the inclusion of information on bullying and harassment.
‘The revised code includes guidance about the role of the Board in matters of bullying and harassment, information about practitioners’ responsibilities in these situations and the importance of addressing the issue in the workplace. Good relationships with colleagues and other practitioners are an important part of providing good care, so we’re pleased to have included this,’ Dr Grbin said.
To support you in understanding and applying the code, National Boards have developed supporting resources. These include a series of frequently asked questions, and case studies which look at how to code could be applied in practice scenarios. National Boards have also developed a Code of conduct principles document, a one-page summary of the code, and encourage you to print a copy and place somewhere visible. You can find these resources on the Resources to help health practitioners webpage.
‘Maintaining a high level of professional competence and conduct is essential for good care, and you have a professional responsibility to be familiar with the code and apply its principles in your practice. We hope these resources will be useful for the profession and will help you apply the code’, Dr Grbin said.
National Boards have also developed resources to help the public understand the code and the standards of conduct the public can expect from osteopaths . Some case studies and a short summary of what the code is can be found on the Resources to help the public webpage. The summary of the code has been made available in Arabic, Chinese (simplified), Greek, Italian and Vietnamese. These can be found on our Translations webpage, along with other information in these languages.
To read the copy of the code please visit the Shared Code of conduct page on the Ahpra website.