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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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While it’s not the role of an osteopath to diagnose skin conditions, UK specialty doctor in Dermatology Manu Mehra believes we are uniquely positioned to make observations that save lives.

Osteopathy student tipped to make top 10 in inaugural 2016 NAB AFL Women's Draft

Nicola Stevens is expected to be drafted in the top 10, and even tipped to go as high as number 5 — but it could have been higher were it not for an ACL injury. Her experience in playing AFL football and suffering injuries herself, has led her to believe that osteopathic treatment and commitment to rehabilitation is the most effective in obtaining optimal results in health and performance.