Cultural Safety Training

November 21st, 2019


The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) made a commitment in July 2018 to support health equity for all Australians. This means that, in line with the Physiotherapy Practice Thresholds, physiotherapists in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand must be able to work effectively with people whose cultural realities are different from their own. Cultural safety training is an important first step, and we’ve been working on a training program for overseas qualified physiotherapists to ensure they meet this requirement.

In partnership with The University of Melbourne, one of Australia’s most highly ranked universities, we have now developed a cultural safety training program, specifically for physiotherapists.

The program is designed to help you extend your knowledge about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture and explore how attitudes and values can influence perceptions, assumptions and behaviours in a clinical setting. It consists of 6 online modules and takes about 5 hours to complete. To meet the requirements, all new candidates will be required to complete this module as part of the assessment process.

What does this mean for me?

Standard Assessment Pathway

All candidates starting the Standard Assessment Pathway (including candidates in the FLYR stream) with the Council on or after 15 January 2020, will be required to complete the cultural safety training program before applying for the Written Assessment.

Equivalence of Qualification

All candidates starting the Equivalence of Qualification Pathway on or after 15 January 2020, will be required to complete the cultural safety training program before their Certificate of Substantial Equivalence of Qualification is issued.

Existing candidates

Candidates who have already applied and paid for an Eligibility Assessment or Equivalence of Qualification assessment before 15 January 2020 are not required to complete the cultural safety training program.

How much will it cost?

The training program will cost $225 and the fee will be applied on application of the Eligibility Assessment or Equivalence of Qualification assessment.

Upon completion of the program you will be presented with a Certificate of Completion from the Australian Physiotherapy Council and The University of Melbourne. The certificate can be used as evidence for the purpose of demonstrating recent Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activity to the Physiotherapy Board of Australia.

More information will be available on our website shortly.

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