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Network News - Volume 2, Number 2

In This Issue:

INPTRA 2015 Conference Report

Fifty-five INPTRA members and potential members from around the world met prior to the World Confederation for Physical Therapy on April 28-29, 2015 in Singapore. Representatives from 12 countries attended the meeting. 

The presentations were well received and generated good discussion about many issues of physical therapy regulation. Topics are listed below.

You can view the presentation slides on the INPTRA website – look for the 2015 INPTRA Conference.

Mobility and Common Standards
Continuous Professional Development
Ethics, Enforcement and Compliance
Emerging Physiotherapy Regulation
Mutiprofessional Regulation – the future for physiotherapy?
INPTRA Regulatory Guiding Principles
INPTRA Strategic Objectives

INPTRA’s Newest Partner Member – Australian Physiotherapy Council

We are pleased to announce that the Australian Physiotherapy Council has just become a Partner Member of INPTRA!

The Australian Physiotherapy Council is an independent national body engaging locally and globally in oversight of the guidance, development and assurance of standards for health professional practice in the public interest.

The Australian Physiotherapy Council is the Accrediting Authority for entry-level physiotherapy programs in Australia.  It operates under a formal agreement with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the Physiotherapy Board of Australia.  The Council is responsible for the development of accreditation standards, for approval by the Physiotherapy Board of Australia.

The Council performs assessments of the knowledge, clinical skills and professional attributes of overseas qualified physiotherapists seeking to qualify for General Registration with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia, in order to practice as a physiotherapist in Australia.

The activities of the Australian Physiotherapy Council include:

  • Accreditation of physiotherapy education programs in Australian universities.
  • Assessment of qualifications and skills of overseas-qualified physiotherapists for registration and migration purposes.
  • Provision of advice to Government agencies and the Physiotherapy Board of Australia on relevant matters including health professional standards for accreditation and assessment.
  • National and international liaison with other professional bodies, regulators and educators on matters related to standards of education and practice and global recognition of physiotherapy qualifications.
  • Maintenance and regular review of the Australian Standards for Physiotherapy.

Welcome aboard! 

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Australia: New approach for checking international criminal history

As of 4 February 2015, National Boards and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) have implemented a new procedure for checking international criminal history. 

This new approach requires certain applicants and registered practitioners to apply for an international criminal history check (ICHC) from an approved vendor, who will provide the report directly to AHPRA. 

Offences in some countries are not offences under Australian law. For example, some countries have established offences for political activity which do not exist in Australia. There are also countries where the criminal justice system is less robust and a conviction may be made on the basis of questionable evidence or the applicant may make a claim of persecution. International criminal history checks will still be done for these countries. However, the National Boards’ criminal history registration standard explains how the Boards will take these issues into account when considering an applicant’s international criminal history.

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United Kingdom: Preventing small problems from becoming big problems

This 2015 research report is about engagement and disengagement and its implications for our understanding of the competence of health and care professionals. 

It combines two pieces of work on competency and disengagement: 

– a literature review by Professor Zubin Austin of the University of Toronto; and 
– an empirical study of engagement and disengagement by Carol Christensen-Moore and Joan Walsh at the Picker Institute Europe. 

Both pieces of work provide new insights into the triggers of disengagement and the ways in which preventive action might be implemented.

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United States: No automatic immunity for professional licensing boards

From Eric M. Fraser, Opinion analysis: No antitrust immunity for professional licensing boards, SCOTUSblog (Feb. 25, 2015, 3:56 PM): 

“State licensing boards composed of market participants do not enjoy automatic immunity from antitrust laws, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday. The decision in North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission … deals a setback to an increasingly common form of regulation.

 “In North Carolina, the legislature delegated regulation of dentists to a dental board. By state law, practicing dentists must fill a majority of the seats on the dental board.
“This type of “self-regulation” is common among state licensing boards. But it has the natural tendency to become anticompetitive. Members of a guild frequently want to keep insiders in, keep outsiders out, and prop up the profession. A broad range of modern professions fall under professional licensing boards, including not just doctors, lawyers, and dentists, but also interior designers, real estate agents, floral designers, and hair braiders.
“In this case, the dental board tried to exclude non-dentists from the market for teeth-whitening services after dentists complained about the low prices non-dentists charged for teeth whitening. It sent threatening letters to non-dentists who offered teeth-whitening services and even encouraged mall operators to kick out kiosks used for teeth whitening.
“The dental board’s actions were not supervised by any state officials from North Carolina other than the members of the dental board itself. On these facts, the FTC took action against the dental board. The FTC and the Fourth Circuit both rejected the dental board’s attempt to invoke the defense of state action immunity.”

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INPTRA Board of Directors Report

At its meeting in Singapore, the INPTRA Board of Directors approved a motion to meet and hold a conference for physiotherapy regulators every two years rather than every four years. Meetings will alternate between the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) Congress and the Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR) International Congress. 

In 2017, INPTRA will either meet in conjunction with the July 1-4, 2017 WCPT Congress in Cape Town, South Africa or with the June 2017 CLEAR International Congress in Melbourne, Australia.

Submit your country’s regulatory model

If you would like to submit a profile of your country's physiotherapy regulation, please send the following information (in English and MS Word, please) to  

  • Country: The name of your country.
  • Point of Contact: Your name, position and email address. This is for INPTRA's information only and will not be posted on the website.
  • Regulatory Model: Provide a brief one-paragraph summary.
  • Website: The website of the organization that represents physiotherapy regulators in your country.
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