In 2015 the Council undertook a review of the Accreditation Standard for entry-level Physiotherapy Programs. Towards the end of this project (August 2015), the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Health Council released its response to the Independent Review of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS). COAG’s response gave clear direction to all accrediting authorities that there is a need to work cross professionally towards the alignment of accreditation protocols. This directive was further supported through feedback received from the Health Workforce Principal Committee (HWPC), in response to the draft Accreditation Standard for entry-level Physiotherapy programs which suggested consideration be given to adopting a format, structure and style similar to other accreditation bodies.
In the interest of collaborating across health professions and working towards alignment of accreditation protocols, the Council Board approved a further consultation stage for the Review of the Accreditation Standard Project. This further stage considered the potential to harmonise the Accreditation Standard for entry- level Physiotherapy programs with the Australian Dental Council Accreditation Standard (2014). During this same period, three other health profession accreditation authorities reviewed their accreditation standards with the view to harmonise with the Australian Dental Council Accreditation Standard (2014).
On December 16, 2016, the Physiotherapy Board of Australia approved the Accreditation Standard for Physiotherapy Practitioner Program. Those education providers in the process of accreditation and re-accreditation, with submissions due up until March 31, 2017 will continue to use the Accreditation Standard Requirements. Education providers considering an new application should contact the council for advice on preparing an application using the new Accreditation Standard for Physiotherapy Practitioner Programs. The new standard and guidelines are available to download here.