New Zealand

Osteopathy in New Zeland is part of mainstream healthcare.


The osteopathic profession is regulated under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (2003), which provides a consistent regulatory framework for 16 different healthcare professions.


Entry level to practise as an osteopath is Bachelor of Applied Science plus a Master's degree in osteopathy, typically requiring five year's full-time study, including a significant clinical component. Osteopathy is taught at one institute of technology.


For UK-trained osteopaths there are two different registration processes, depending on the date of qualification. A 'fast track' competent authority pathway is available for those osteopaths who qualified after 2000, while a more conventional process is open to those who qualified pre-2000 which includes a practical and written assessment.


In 2018, the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand approved the Ara Institute of Canterbury Bachelor of Musculoskeletal Health and Postgraduate Diploma in Osteopathy. 





Osteopathic Council of New Zealand

Contact: Andrew Charnock (Registrar) and Emma Fairs (Chair)

P O Box 9644,

Wellington 6141

New Zealand


+ 64 4 474 0747


In April 2016 the UK's General Osteopathic Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Osteopathy Board of Australia, Osteopathic Council of New Zealand and the Australasian Osteopathic Accreditation Council in order to 'promote the exchange of information, streamline regulatory processes, share best practice and related activities between international regulators of the osteopathic profession.'





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