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"Black Knight" helps drought-affected farmers with osteopathy outreach

10 October 2016
A Brisbane osteopath with an affinity for the bush embarked on an outreach mission to provide drought-affected farmers free osteopathic treatment in July. The mobile clinic travelled through rural areas in the “Black Knight”, a V8 Toyota LandCruiser; the fastest single-turbo VDJ76 in Australia.

Student placement in Indian orthopaedic hospital

29 September 2016
In April, four osteopathy students from RMIT University travelled to India for a month-long student placement in the Sportsmed Mumbai hospital.

Changes to Time-off-in-lieu conditions of the Health Professionals and Support Services Award 2010

9 September 2016
The Fair Work Commission handed down changes to the Time-off-in-lieu (TOIL) provisions of the Health Professionals and Support Services Award 2010 on 22 August 2016. The new provisions have been in effect since the first full pay period on or after the 22 August 2016. These changes apply to employees and employers covered by the award. Employees and employers in all businesses in all states with the exception of unincorporated businesses in Western Australia are covered by the award. Thus the changes do not apply to unincorporated practices in WA. The intention of the new TOIL clause (28.3 Time off instead of payment for overtime), which replaces the previous TOIL clause 28.3, is to clarify the intention and interpretation of the original clause. An explanation of the new clause is below. Each explanation of a subclause of 28.3 is numbered according to the numeral it corresponds to in clause 28.3 in the award.

Osteopath heads to Rio Paralympics

1 September 2016
Osteopathy Australia wishes member, Jessica Gallagher, all the best at the Rio Paralympics! Read her incredible story...

STOP PRESS: 2016 Annual Wage review increase announced

2 June 2016
The Minimum Wage Panel of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has announced its 2016 annual wage review on 1 June 2016. The FWC decided a 2.4% increase will come into effect from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2016.

Osteopathy Australia is calling for the submission of abstracts for presentation at our October 2015 National Conference

19 January 2015
Each year the Osteopathy Australia conference aims to provide a diverse mix of speakers in our program. Presentations on scientific papers or new clinical knowledge or workshops on Osteopathy, healthcare and research findings are welcomed.

Osteopathy Australia Statement on #StopTenpenny Campaign

7 January 2015
Osteopathy Australia official statement on #StopTenpenny Campaign in Australia. Includes Osteopathy Australia Vaccination Policy Document.

Osteopathy Australia at GPCE in Melbourne

17 November 2014
Osteopathy Australia represented the profession at the General Practitioner Conference & Exhibition (GPCE) 2014 in Melbourne.

National Clinicians Network Forum

19 June 2014
Osteopathy Australia was present at the National Clinicians Network Forum held in Sydney this week.

Annual Wage Review increase 2014/2015 announced

6 June 2014
Fair Work Commission (FWC) Panel has increased the minimum wage rates by 3 per cent from the first full pay period
on or after 1 July 2014.

Effects of the Budget 2014-15 on Osteopathy

14 May 2014
Read about what the 2014-15 Federal Budget means for you and your patients.

Osteopathy Australia attends Future Health Forum

15 April 2014
On Thursday 10 April Osteopathy Australia attended the Future Health Forum, dedicated to E-health, technology and innovation within healthcare services.

Consultation for National Code for all Practitioners of Non-Regulated Heath Services

14 April 2014
On Wednesday 9 April Osteopathy Australia attended a consultation on a proposed national code of conduct for health care workers.

AOA Meets with Department of Human Services on Medicare Compliance

5 March 2014
On Monday 3 March, AOA CEO, Antony Nicholas met with Department of Human Services (Medicare), Health Professionals, Stakeholder and Review Branch but more specifically the Director dealing with debt, appeals & health compliance.

AOA attends the NSW MAA's Provider's Service Guides working group

17 February 2014
AOA Policy Advisor Samuel Dettmann attended the inaugural meeting of the NSW Motor Accidents Authority’s Provider Service Guides working group.

AOA attends Private Healthcare Australia event

14 February 2014
The AOA President, Patricia Thomas and CEO, Antony Nicholas were invited to attend a private event with Private Healthcare Australia in Canberra.

AOA Announces International Presenters for 2014 Conference

20 January 2014
The AOA is delighted to announce two international speakers at the 2014 Conference: Dr Andry Vleeming and Dr Lisa A. DeStefano.

AOA Praises Health Ministers’ Approval of New Prescribing Pathway

15 November 2013
The AOA welcomes Health Workforce Australia’s Health Professionals Prescribing Pathway (HPPP).

AOA submission to the NHMRC on CAM Resource for Clinicians

16 September 2013
Read the AOA's response to the NHMRC's proposed resources for talking to your patients.

Changes to Health Professionals and Support Services Award

5 September 2013
The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has made two significant decisions affecting junior rates of pay and additional week of annual leave for shift workers.

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National Safe Work Month

Supporting October’s National Safe Work Month, Osteopathy Australia is encouraging Australians to incorporate simple movements such as stretching, standing up, walking meetings, changing postures regularly and micro-breaks into their working day to reduce the risk of developing a chronic pain problem, or a work-related musculoskeletal complaint.

Media Release: Lower back pain & Osteopathy

Lower back pain is one of the most common complaints seen by a GP or healthcare professional. It is estimated that over 80% of Australians will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives. Lower back pain may be acute (new pain) or chronic (longstanding pain), and it can range from mild and annoying to severe and debilitating.

Osteopaths are health professionals who are highly trained to treat lower back pain. An osteopath will explain to you why your pain is present, assist to relieve it with manual therapy and identify any barriers to your recovery. During a consultation with an osteopath, your practitioner will first discuss your case and thoroughly assess your condition.