About Us

The Australasian Osteopathic Accreditation Council (AOAC) is the independent organisation to assess and accredit osteopathic education programs leading to eligibility for registration as an osteopath in Australia, and to assess the suitability of overseas qualified osteopaths to practice in Australia. The AOAC was known as ANZOC until July 2014 when a transition to the new name was made to better reflect our current area of operations. New Zealand accreditation is managed by the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand.

 

Aims

The aims of AOAC are to:

  • Develop, review and maintain accreditation standards and processes to assess osteopathic programs
  • Assess for the purpose of granting accreditation to programs leading to the eligibility of people for registration as an osteopath in Australia
  • Advise and make recommendations to the osteopathic regulatory authorities relating to the accredited status to be granted to an osteopathic program
  • Advise and make recommendations to the osteopathic regulatory authorities (or successor body(ies)) and other relevant interest groups on matters concerning the registration of osteopaths
  • Provide information and advice to government bodies relating to law and policy concerning the registration of osteopaths in Australia
  • Assess the suitability of overseas trained osteopaths to practice in Australia
  • Provide information and advice to government bodies concerning the adequacy of a person's skills in the field of osteopathy for the purposes of migration to Australia
  • Establish and maintain relationships with bodies or organisations having objects and functions in whole or in part similar to the objects and functions of AOAC.
  • Create a policy framework that helps ensure that 'equivalency,' as encompassed in the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Agreement, is maintained. 

 

Governance

The Australasian Osteopathic Accreditation Council (AOAC) is a company limited by guarantee. The governance structure consists of a Board of Directors supported by an Executive Committee, an Accreditation Committee and a Qualifications and Skills Assessment Committee.

 

AOAC organisational structure - August 2015

 

Board of Directors

AOAC Constitution

 

Brett Vaughan (Chairperson)

Dr Gopi McLeod (Deputy Chairperson) PhD

Louise Adam 

Ian Locke

Associate Professor Wendy Cross

Tracy Denning

 

 

Governance, Finance, Audit and Risk (Executive) Committee

Terms of Reference

 

Louise Adam (Chairperson)

Ian Locke

Tracy Denning

Dr Gopi McLeod PhD

 

Accreditation Committee

Terms of Reference

 

Associate Professor Wendy Cross (Chairperson) 

Rachel Adkins

Danielle Baxter

Rob Moran

Lainie Cameron

 

Qualifications and Skills Assessment Committee

Terms of Reference

 

Tracy Denning (Chairperson)

Dr Phil Austin PhD

Narelle Hyde

Alison Sim

Melanie Hunt