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Working in New Zealand: What a CSP member needs to know

This paper lists some useful information and resources on going to work as a physiotherapist in New Zealand, including relevant organisations, websites and contacts.

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To work as a physiotherapist in New Zealand (NZ) in any capacity including unpaid voluntary work, you are legally required to be registered by the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand (‘The Board’), which is the equivalent of the HCPC in the UK.

The term ‘physiotherapist’ is a protected title in NZ. Only practitioners registered by the Board are legally entitled to call themselves physiotherapists.

All physiotherapists actively practising in NZ must also hold a valid Annual Practising Certificate (APC) issued by the Board. The Board produces a regular e-newsletter for physiotherapists called e-In Touch (currently six issues per year).

The national physiotherapy professional body

The equivalent of the CSP in New Zealand is Physiotherapy New Zealand (formerly the NZ Society of Physiotherapists).

Physiotherapy New Zealand (PNZ) is the official body that represents the interests of physiotherapists in NZ to the Government and health sector organisations.

Full membership is open to any Board-registered physiotherapist (whether or not they are practising).

There are other categories of membership available, such as Associate membership for physiotherapy students, and Affiliate membership for physiotherapy assistants (who, as in the UK, work only under the supervision of a registered physiotherapist).

To find out more about the way the profession operates in NZ, read the section of their website on governance, policies and guidelines. There are several regional branches of PNZ. For details, contact their main office.

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