Legislative Acts which establish boundaries of massage practice in New Zealand/Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2001

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Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2001

This is the legislation that controls the operation of the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC). ACC administers New Zealand’s accident compensation scheme, which provides personal injury cover for all New Zealand citizens, residents and temporary visitors to New Zealand. In return people do not have the right to sue for personal injury, other than for exemplary damages.

This legislation states who is eligible to receive ACC benefits.

There is arguably still some blurriness in the legislation about extending ACC cover for injuries caused by work-related gradual process, disease and infection, and medical misadventure. venture or work-related gradual process, disease or infection.

Implications of the Act on massage practice

Massage therapists have yet to be recognized by ACC as approved treatment providers.