Win­tec has a new physio school start

Waipa Post - - News -

Waikato In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy now has New Zealand’s first new school of phys­io­ther­apy in 45 years, a coup for the cen­tral North Is­land.

The Phys­io­ther­apy Board has ap­proved Win­tec to de­liver phys­io­ther­apy and ac­cred­ited the de­gree qual­i­fi­ca­tions of Bach­e­lor of Phys­io­ther­apy and Bach­e­lor of Phys­io­ther­apy (Hon­ours).

Win­tec act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive David Chris­tiansen says the new pro­grammes were de­vel­oped to meet the needs of the re­gion and its peo­ple.

“This is great news and while I’m de­lighted for Win­tec, the real sig­nif­i­cance of this is for the peo­ple of the cen­tral North Is­land. Win­tec’s new phys­io­ther­apy school is sig­nif­i­cant and re­flects our role in re­spond­ing to the dy­namic growth of this area by help­ing de­velop the fu­ture health work­force for our re­gion.

“We put in an ex­tremely well thoughtout and thor­ough pro­posal, and the fact that this is the first new phys­io­ther­apy de­gree pro­gramme to be ac­cred­ited in 45 years, is a re­flec­tion of a lot of hard work from our staff and in­dus­try part­ners.

“There’s no doubt about the need for a third phys­io­ther­apy school in New Zealand and for this to be lo­cated in the re­gion. The ap­proval of Win­tec’s phys­io­ther­apy school is a re­flec­tion of the ex­cel­lent work we are do­ing at Win­tec, which is the largest health and so­cial prac­tice ed­u­ca­tion provider in the Mid­land re­gion.”

The Phys­io­ther­apy Board Chair Jan­ice Mueller said the ac­cred­i­ta­tion process is rig­or­ous.

“Our prin­ci­ple role is pub­lic safety, and that in­cludes mak­ing sure that phys­io­ther­apy in New Zealand is taught to a high stan­dard. Our ac­cred­i­ta­tion process in­volves the Board, the Aus­tralian Phys­io­ther­apy Coun­cil — who is in­volved with the ac­cred­i­ta­tion of all Aus­tralasian phys­io­ther­apy pro­grammes — and con­sul­ta­tion with reg­is­tered phys­io­ther­a­pists in New Zealand.

“It has been a ro­bust process and Win­tec has met our re­quire­ments.

“As New Zealand’s pop­u­la­tion and health needs grow the need for our pro­fes­sion also in­creases, hav­ing a third school of phys­io­ther­apy helps de­liver to that need,” says Mueller.

The Win­tec pro­gramme has been de­vel­oped in con­sul­ta­tion with com­mu­ni­ties and lo­cal providers, and will sup­port in­creased num­bers of Ma¯ ori and Pasi­fika stu­dents to en­ter the pro­gramme and qual­ify as phys­io­ther­a­pists.

Win­tec di­rec­tor of Health and So­cial Prac­tice, Dr An­gela Beaton who led the de­vel­op­ment of the Win­tec Phys­io­ther­apy School says we are look­ing for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to work in part­ner­ship with our com­mu­nity and prac­tice part­ners to de­liver an in­no­va­tive, new phys­io­ther­apy pro­gramme.

“With the ad­di­tion of phys­io­ther­apy, this ex­tends the range of health and so­cial prac­tice pro­grammes Win­tec de­liv­ers across the re­gion, which in­cludes nurs­ing, mid­wifery, so­cial prac­tice, oc­cu­pa­tional ther­apy and sport and ex­er­cise science.

“We’re an­tic­i­pat­ing high in­ter­est for the limited places on of­fer next year and en­cour­age ev­ery­one who is in­ter­ested to ap­ply.

“How­ever, for the first year or two we will be lim­it­ing num­bers to en­sure the qual­ity launch of this pro­gramme.”

En­rol­ment closes on Novem­ber 12 for stu­dents com­menc­ing study on Fe­bru­ary 11 next year. Win­tec joins AUT and Otago Univer­sity as New Zealand’s only ac­cred­ited phys­io­ther­apy de­gree providers.

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