Twenty-two health professions are regulated in New Zealand by the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Enacted in 2003, the Act was acknowledged as leading edge at the time of introduction. A review in 2009 concluded that the Act was operating largely as Parliament intended. A further review in 2012 was initiated to assess the extent to which the policy settings continue to be appropriate, given changing health services and policies in New Zealand, and considering the developments in health profession regulation in other jurisdictions.
Submitters in the 2012 review process generally considered that the Act remained a robust framework for the protection of public safety.
The following document sets out the case for change in some aspects of the delivery of health practitioner regulation in New Zealand: