Skip Navigation

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.

Latest news

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

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

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