In August 2015, the Physiotherapy Board of Australia and Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand announced that the Binational Physiotherapy Practice Thresholds was replacing the Australian Standards of Physiotherapy (2006).
The new Binational Physiotherapy Practice Thresholds defines competencies shared between Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, that are required of entry-level physiotherapists to be registered to practice.
More information about the Binational Physiotherapy Practice Thresholds can be found here.
Accordingly, the Council has developed a new assessment blueprint that aligns the Assessment for General Registration against these new competencies.
From 1 January 2017, all Council assessments will be based on the new assessment blueprint.
If you have any enquiries about the transition to the new blueprint, please feel free to contact us here.
The Eligibility Assessment does not make an assessment against competencies described by the Physiotherapy Practice Thresholds. There are no changes to the current Eligibility Assessment criteria and requirements.
The March 2017 Written Assessment session will be based on the new assessment blueprint. The new blueprint will assess these competencies described in the Physiotherapy Practice Thresholds:
|1.1||plan and implement an efficient, effective, culturally responsive and client-centred physiotherapy assessment|
|1.2||involve the client and relevant others in the planning and implementation of safe and effective physiotherapy using evidence-based practice to inform decision-making|
|1.3||review the continuation of physiotherapy and facilitate the client’s optimal participation in their everyday life|
|2.1||comply with legal, professional, ethical and other relevant standards, codes and guideline|
|2.2||make and act on informed and appropriate decisions about acceptable professional and ethical behaviours|
|4.3||efficiently consume and effectively apply research and commit to practice informed by best available research evidence and new knowledge|
|4.4||proactively apply principles of quality improvement and risk management to practice|
|4.5||recognise situations that are outside their scope of expertise or competence and take appropriate and timely action|
|7.1||organise and prioritise their workload and resources to provide safe, effective and efficient physiotherapy autonomously and, where relevant, as a team member|
It will include content to assess knowledge and application of knowledge across clinical areas, lifespan, settings, and of professional practice.
A key change will also be in the presentation of the Written Assessment result.
The Council will use a scaled score to account for the level of difficulty of each paper attempted. The scaled score reflects performance more accurately than a percentage since the percentage score does not take into account the level of difficulty of an individual assessment paper.
More information about the above are included in the new Written Assessment Information Booklet.
The domains, subdomains, and performance indicators described in the current assessment instrument strongly correlate to competencies described by the Physiotherapy Practice Thresholds.
To that extent, the Clinical Assessment currently assesses candidates against the competencies described by the Physiotherapy Practice Thresholds, and there is no change to the assessment.
Applications submitted and paid prior to 1 January 2017
If you have submitted paid for an application prior to 1 January 2017, or are an applicant awaiting an Equivalence Assessment outcome on 1 January 2017, you will not be assessed using the new assessment blueprint.
Application for submission of additional documents submitted and paid prior to 1 April 2017
If you are making an application for submission of additional documents to an Equivalence Assessment, you will not be assessed using the new assessment blueprint if your application is submitted and paid before 1 April 2017.
Application for submission of additional documents after 1 April 2017
From 1 April 2017, all applications for submission of additional documents will need to complete an additional form mapping the qualification against the Physiotherapy Practice Thresholds.
Applications submitted after 1 January 2017
If you are applying for an Equivalence of Qualification – New Program assessment after 1 January 2017, you will be assessed using the new assessment blueprint, and need to use the new template to map the qualification against the Physiotherapy Practice Threshold. This template replaces the previous requirement to map qualifications against the Australian Standards of Physiotherapy.
If you are applying for an Equivalence of Qualification – Existing Program assessment after 1 April 2017, you will need to complete the new template to map the qualification against the Physiotherapy Practice Threshold. Applicants before this date will not need to complete the template.