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The work of the Osteopathy Board of Australia this year built on key initiatives from the previous year and a program of stakeholder engagement and communication.
The Board published the revised Capabilities for osteopathic practice (2019) with a six-month transition period until the date of commencement on 1 December 2019.
The Board wishes to thank the accreditation council, osteopathy stakeholders, the project team and many registrants who have been involved in the development of this important document for the profession.
The Board started a series of registrant forums with a breakfast forum in Canberra in May 2019 with the opportunity to engage with registrants and hear about the issues that are of most interest regarding regulation.
The Board produced four electronic newsletters sent to registrants through the year, and these provide updates to the profession on changes to the Board and AHPRA’s requirements, and the work of the Board. The newsletters continue to have a high level of readership. One article in December 2018 celebrated the 40th anniversary of regulation of osteopaths in Australia, and the article looked back at the significant changes in regulation from 1978 to the present day.
To recognise the contribution of registered osteopaths in healthcare during International Osteopathy Awareness Week from 14 to 20 April 2019, the Board communicated with registrants on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. The Board also used social media to promote the publication of revised Capabilities for osteopathic practice in June 2019.
The Board, the Australasian Osteopathic Accreditation Council (AOAC) and AHPRA signed a new five-year accreditation agreement starting 1 July 2019.
The new accreditation agreement will provide the public with greater transparency and accountability and will contribute to work across the National Scheme to improve public protection. The agreement also includes principles for funding and fee setting and new key performance indicators to track progress on priority issues.
The Board has carried out a range of engagements with stakeholders.
As Chair, I presented information on regulation and Board requirements for registration to final-year students in the osteopathy programs.
Following on from finalisation of a draft Capabilities for osteopathic practice, the Board conducted targeted consultation with stakeholders in a roundtable discussion in November 2018 in Melbourne and by email in early 2019. This represented the final stage of consultation and the Board appreciated the opportunity to talk directly with future users of the revised Capabilities for osteopathic practice.
During Research Summit 2019, the Board met with the Chair of the AOAC and the Chair and Registrar of the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand to discuss issues of mutual interest.
The Board’s Chair and Executive Officer attended the annual Osteopathic International Alliance (OIA) meeting in Dubai, in September 2018. The conference focused on osteopathy regulation, education, research and association leadership. It was an opportunity to meet with regulators to discuss issues of mutual interest, including common regulatory functions, emerging issues, and to meet informally with attendees from osteopathic organisations and education institutions.
In November, the Board welcomed four new members who were appointed to the Board by the Ministerial Council in October: Ms Julia Duffy and Mr Joshua Hatten, community members, and Drs Kate Locke and Patricia Thomas, practitioner members. Induction and governance training was provided in the following months. My term as Chair was also extended by a further two years.
Dr Nikole Grbin (osteopath), Chair