Fitness to Practise Questions

Below is a series of questions you will be required to answer in your application to help us determine if you are fit to practise as a physiotherapist.

  • Adverse Findings | Have you been the subject of any adverse findings by an employer, organisation you have contracted to or volunteered with, professional body, disciplinary tribunal, the Health and Disability Commissioner or similar authority in New Zealand or elsewhere?
  • Previous Complaint or Pending Investigation | Are you aware of any complaint made against you, or any investigation pending, or proceeding against you by an employer, organisation you have contracted to or volunteered with, professional body, disciplinary tribunal, the Health and Disability Commissioner or similar authority in New Zealand or elsewhere?
  • Mental or Physical Condition or Impairment | Do you have or have you had any mental or physical condition or impairment that may currently affect your fitness to practise physiotherapy?
  • Previous Convictions | Have you been convicted of any offense punishable by imprisonment for a term of 3 months or longer? For applicants convicted by a court in New Zealand, please note your rights under the Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Act 2004 before providing details of any criminal record(s).
  • ACC Investigations | Are you aware of any investigation pending or proceeding against you by the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC)?
  • Investigations or Pending Charges | Are you aware of any investigation or charge pending or proceeding against you in New Zealand or elsewhere by the Police or other law enforcement agency?
  • Risk of Harm to the Public | Are you aware of any circumstances that may result in your practice endangering the health and safety of the public?

Saying YES to any of these questions does not mean that you are immediately ineligible for registration, it does mean that we will request additional information from you to determine how, if at all, your ability to practise is impacted.

If in doubt, select YES. We may ask you for a document outlining the issue, the circumstances in which it arose, and your assessment of whether it affects your ability to practice physiotherapy.


Examples of what we may request


FTP Topic Evidence Notes
Convictions A signed reflective statement

When completing this statement, describe:

  • the circumstances leading to the conviction(s);
  • the impact that this experience has had on you as a result;
  • how the experience will influence your future behaviour and choices; and
  • why you believe that each or any conviction does not reflect adversely on your fitness to practise as a physiotherapist in the future

You may include any further information you believe is relevant.


Referee statement

You will need to provide the name and contact details of the referee who will be providing a character reference in support of your application. Refer to the Board requirements for suitable referees and character references detailed under this table.

You must arrange for a current character reference to be emailed directly to the Board by a suitable referee. This reference must:

  • show that the referee is aware of the circumstances and events leading to your conviction
  • explain why they consider your conviction does, or does not, reflect adversely on your fitness to practise as a physiotherapist in New Zealand.
Physical and/or Mental Health Personal Statement

Please include the following:

  • details of your condition, including duration and treatment of your condition;
  • your insight and understanding of your health condition and its triggers, if any; and
  • your plan to manage your condition within your future practice of physiotherapy to ensure safe practice.

You may include any further information you believe is relevant.


Letter of Support from your treating physician A current original supporting letter (or certified copy) signed by your treating practitioner confirming the details of your management, including an explanation as to whether your condition does, or does not, impair your ability to perform the functions required to practise as a physiotherapist in New Zealand.
Communication Personal Statement

Please include the following:

  • details of your condition, including duration and treatment of your condition;
  • your insight and understanding of your health condition and its triggers; and
  • your plan to manage your condition within your future practice of physiotherapy to ensure safe practice.

You may include any further information you believe is relevant.

Risk Declaration A signed reflective statement

A personally signed reflective statement detailing:

  • your insight and understanding of the risk factor(s) and the triggers;
  • details of strategies utilised in managing the risk factor(s); and
  • your plan to manage your risk factors within your future practice of physiotherapy.
Professional Misconduct A signed reflective statement Please describe the incident(s) or offences.

Referee statement

You will need to provide the name and contact details of the referee who will be providing a character reference in support of your application. Refer to the Board requirements for suitable referees and character references detailed under this table.

You must arrange for a current character reference to be emailed directly to the Board by a suitable referee. This reference must:

  • show that the referee is aware of the circumstances and events leading to your conviction
  • explain why they consider your conviction does, or does not, reflect adversely on your fitness to practise as a physiotherapist in New Zealand.

Supporting evidence

Provide certified copies of each of the following documents (where applicable):

  • relevant reports;
  • findings;
  • decisions (including reasons);
  • orders;
  • endorsements on registration certificates.

Who can serve as a referee?

A suitable referee is a person who is in a position of responsibility who has known you for a minimum of 1 year (i.e. in their capacity as your employer, manager, supervisor or educator).

This referee must have knowledge of the declaration you are making regarding your fitness for registration. Family members, friends and colleagues are not suitable referees.

What to include in a character reference

Your referee may supply their character reference in any format they prefer provided it meets the following criteria:

  • the full name of the referee is clearly stated;
  • it is labelled as a character reference in support of your application for registration;
  • it indicates the refereeā€™s relationship to you as the applicant;
  • it indicates the length of time the referee has known you;
  • it is signed and dated by the referee; and
  • if the reference is completed by your referee in their professional capacity, then it must be on the letterhead of their employing organisation.
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