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Qualifications and Training

In Australia, all osteopaths complete a minimum of five years university training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general medical diagnosis and osteopathic techniques. They are also trained to perform standard medical examinations of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems. These university graduates hold either a double Bachelors or Master qualification.

Osteopaths are required, by law, to maintain ongoing professional development and education every year to stay in practice. In Australia, all osteopaths are required to be government registered practitioners. If an osteopath does not appear on this register they should not practice. The register can be found at:

Osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners and are trained to recognise conditions which require referral to medical practitioners or other allied health.

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Osteopathy Awareness Week 2015

Osteopathy Awareness Week 2015 is coming 19-25 April, mark your calendars now!

OAW Member Kit is Available

As we continue to build on the successes of our first two years celebrating Osteopathy Awareness Week and the osteopathic profession’s contribution to Australian healthcare, Osteopathy Australia is promoting Osteopathy Awareness Week, 19-25 April 2015, and we encourage all our members and Australian media to join in.