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Our Governance

Osteopathy Australia (formally the Australian Osteopathic Association) has been in existence for over 60 years. Osteopathy Australia's constitution reflects modern corporate governance and best practice. The current constitution was passed at the Annual General Meeting of the Membership in October 2014.

The association's corporate structure is a company limited by guarantee. Nationally Osteopathy Australia has over 1900 members and represents over 85% of osteopaths in Australia.

Our Board is a mix of osteopaths and other skills appointed Directors. The Board will always consist of a majority of five (5) member elected Directors (osteopaths); and no less than two (2) and no more than four (4) Board appointed, skill based Directors. To ensure jurisdictional diversity; at all times at least one (1) member elected Director on the Board shall have his or her primary practice and/or reside in any one of the following jurisdictions Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania or Western Australia.  

Osteopathy Australia will strive to ensure that our Board reflects the gender, cultural and clinical mix of our profession.

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Latest news

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.

Osteopathy makes it to the World Cup!

The renowned Limburg osteopath Hub Westhovens from Eys, was flown in to the pre-world cup training camp of the Socceroos in Turkey. He will also be active at the FIFA World Cup to treat injured Australian internationals.