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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 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.

"Black Knight" helps drought-affected farmers with osteopathy outreach

A Brisbane osteopath with an affinity for the bush embarked on an outreach mission to provide drought-affected farmers free osteopathic treatment in July. The mobile clinic travelled through rural areas in the “Black Knight”, a V8 Toyota LandCruiser; the fastest single-turbo VDJ76 in Australia.