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Media Release 11th June 2014

11th June 2014

Public Reminder to Engage Only Registered Osteopathic Practitioners

This week a New Plymouth couple were convicted for breaches for the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003.

The offenders' falsely claimed to be Osteopaths and performed spinal manipulation activities restricted to registered health professionals.

"This serves as a timely reminder for the public to only engage the services of a qualified Osteopath who is registered and regulated under the Act." says Leyla Okyay, President of the Osteopaths New Zealand.

The professional association represents a national network of highly trained practitioners with 5 years of tertiary level study and a current practising certificate from the profession's regulatory body, the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand.

It is unlawful to use the title of 'Osteopath' without being registered, as the principle purpose of the Act is to protect the health and safety of members of the public by ensuring that health practitioners are competent and fit to practise.

If in doubt, Osteopaths New Zealand encourages members of the public to check the national register of Osteopaths at www.osteopathiccouncil.org.nz. For more information go to www.osteopathsnz.co.nz.

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Background:

Osteopaths New Zealand

National professional body representing registered osteopathic practitioners nationwide that was formed in March 2013 with the aim of providing a unified voice for the Osteopathic profession in New Zealand representing the interests of Osteopaths, as well as promoting and increasing awareness of Osteopathy. www.osteopathsnz.co.nz