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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: http://www.ahpra.gov.au/Registration/Registers-of-Practitioners.aspx

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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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.

Osteopath heads to Rio Paralympics

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