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About Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a form of manual healthcare which recognises the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions. Osteopaths focus on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit.

Using skilled evaluation, diagnosis and a wide range of hands-on techniques, osteopaths can identify important types of dysfunction in your body. Osteopathic treatment uses techniques such as stretching and massage for general treatment of the soft tissues (muscles, tendons and ligaments) along with mobilisation of specific joints and soft tissues.

In Australia, osteopaths are government registered practitioners who complete a minimum of five years' university training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general medical diagnosis and osteopathic techniques.

Osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners and are trained to recognise conditions that require medical referral. They are also trained to perform standard medical examinations of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems.

Osteopathy is covered by most private health funds and by Medicare's Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Plans. Osteopaths are registered providers for DVA patients, as well as by workers’ compensation schemes and motor accident insurers.

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Student placement in Indian orthopaedic hospital

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

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.