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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.

Latest news

Osteopathy Australia attends FutureHealth Forum

On Thursday 10 April Osteopathy Australia attended the FutureHealth Forum, dedicated to E-health, technology and innovation within healthcare services.

Consultation for National Code for all Practitioners of Non-Regulated Heath Services

On Wednesday 9 April Osteopathy Australia attended a consultation on a proposed national code of conduct for health care workers.

AOA Meets with Department of Human Services on Medicare Compliance

On Monday 3 March, AOA CEO, Antony Nicholas met with Department of Human Services (Medicare), Health Professionals, Stakeholder and Review Branch but more specifically the Director dealing with debt, appeals & health compliance.