THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2018
New physiotherapy school to open at Wintec
It’s official, enrolment is now open for New Zealand’s newest physiotherapy school.
Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) 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 thought out 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
“There’s no doubt about the need for a third physiotherapy school in New Zealand and for this to be located in the
“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.”
In a statement today, 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
“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
“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 Māori 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
“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 12 November 2018 for students intending to commence study on 11 February 2019.
Wintec joins AUT and Otago University as New Zealand’s only accredited physiotherapy degree providers.
Find out more about studying towards a career in physiotherapy at Wintec