I am grateful to everyone who has made the two new members of the Osteopathy Board of Australia (the National Board) welcome, and also welcomed me as incoming Chair. The work of the Board continues at a steady pace through the current review period of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (the National Scheme).
We aim to continue the regular newsletters to registrants as an important way of explaining the Board’s requirements, and who does what in the regulatory environment. It is easy to assume that this is becoming more familiar because we on the Board are so close to it, but we recognise that regulation may be complex for registrants. Please give us feedback on what you would like to know more about and how we present it to you.
I look forward to working directly with the Board and the other Chairs in improving the regulation of professions in Australia in the year ahead.
Dr Nikole Grbin
Chair, Osteopathy Board of Australia
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A few National Boards and insurers have noted an increase in the incidence of pneumothorax arising from the use of dry needling or acupuncture needles around the thoracic and cervicothoracic areas. While the incidence of such events is still rare, practitioners who are using such needle-based therapies should be:
The Board will continue to monitor and assess the risks of needle-based therapies, and may provide further advice to practitioners based on the information it receives.
The professional associations have resources on needling practices, and information on courses and insurance for practitioners.
The competent authority pathway has seen a steady flow of osteopaths from the UK registered and able to work in Australia in the past year. As the number approaches 20, the Board will now evaluate the pathway and, in particular, the supervision requirements.
The Board’s accreditation council, the Australasian Osteopathic Accreditation Council (AOAC), has been tasked by the Board to carry out the evaluation. AOAC‘s independent consultant is keen to survey and speak to the UK-trained osteopaths and also their supervisors. It would be extremely helpful for the Board’s planning if you could find time to participate in the evaluation. Participating in evaluations such as these involves reflecting on the Board’s requirements and the extra time required to be surveyed and/or interviewed can be counted towards the mandatory topics of your continuing professional development (CPD).
The invitation to participate in the evaluation will be sent to individual practitioners by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Practitioners’ details will not be provided to any third party for this purpose. The surveys will only be used for the purpose of evaluating the Board’s competent authority pathway and will not be used to assess the performance of supervisors or those under supervision.
Access the online survey. The survey closes on 31 May 2015.
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The Board has published a report of its work in regulating the osteopathic profession in the National Scheme during 2013/14.
The report provides a profession-specific view of the Board’s work to manage risk to the public and regulate the profession in the public interest. It is a profile of osteopathy regulation at work in Australia for the 12 months ending 30 June 2014.
The data in this report are drawn from data published in the 2013/14 annual report of AHPRA and the National Boards, reporting on the National Scheme.
Each time a registered health practitioner applies to renew their registration, they make a declaration that they have (or have not) met some or all of the registration standards for their profession. During audit practitioners are requested to provide information that supports their declarations, which may include an explanation about why some requirements have not been met.
AHPRA has finalised the 2014 audit of osteopaths and all were found to be compliant with the registration standards.
In May 2015, AHPRA, on behalf of the Board, will carry out audits of compliance with the Board’s registration standards including criminal history, CPD, professional indemnity insurance (PII) and recency of practice. We urge all osteopaths to be aware of the requirements of these registration standards. For more information please refer to the Board’s Audit page.
From early 2015, National Boards and AHPRA have implemented a new procedure for checking the criminal history of international applicants for registration. The new approach aims to protect the public without unnecessarily delaying the registration process for applicants.
For more information, please read the media release on our website.
We would like to remind all osteopaths that you have an obligation under the National Law1 to not only disclose criminal history when applying for registration or to renew registration, but also, at any time, you are required to provide notice within 7 days:
Section 79 of the National Law requires a National Board to check for criminal history before deciding an application for registration.
The National Law defines criminal history as:
While every case is decided on an individual basis, the National Board considers a number of factors when determining how the criminal history may affect your eligibility for registration.
The Criminal history registration standard is available under Registration standards on our website.
Failing to notify us of your criminal history may constitute behaviour for which health, conduct or performance action may be undertaken.
1Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in each state and territory.