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Working as an Osteopath

The osteopathic profession is established in over 50 countries and makes a significant contribution to healthcare across the globe according to a report released by the Osteopathic International Alliance (OIA). Globally Australia has been at the forefront of Osteopathy for decades. 

In 2011-12 Australians spent $210Million on osteopathic care and that is a $40Million increase in expenditure over the last 4 years. The osteopathic profession is the fastest growing allied health profession in Australia — the number of osteopaths almost doubled between 1996 and 2001, again between 2001 and 2006 and again between 2006 and 2012.

In Australia, osteopaths must be government registered, meet high professional standards and complete annual continuing professional education to practice.

Transition to Practice

Transition to Practice workshops are run by Osteopathy Australia. The important focus of Transition to Practice workshops is to give pending graduates a snapshot of information from key stakeholders that will impact their professional lives.

A broad range of topics is covered during this workshops including the lessons learned from experienced practitioners, the diverse models of practice, accounting, taxation and financial management, life as a practitioner, what regulation means and how to handle employment issues. 
The program features speakers from industry leaders such as the Osteopathy Board of Australia (OBA) and Guild Insurance, as well as advice on the reality of practice from experienced colleges, recent peers and the Osteopathy Australia.

Questions discussed during presentations:

  • Professional indemnity insurance.
  • Importance of note taking for accurate healthcare levels and to reduce risk.
  • How to apply for registration.
  • CPD requirements.
  • The role of the Osteopathy Australia and the stakeholders we engage.