Policy Statements

Vaccination Policy Statement 

Osteopathy Australia’s policy statement regarding vaccination and well as resources regarding FAQs, WHO, OBA and Government information for both public and health professionals regarding vaccinations.

Osteopathic Treatment for Babies, Infants and Young People

Osteopathy Australia is responsible for identifying and recommending clinical best practice and risk reduction practice for the profession in tandem with other sector stakeholders. This statement outlines our position on the application of spinal manipulative techniques to children. For young babies, infants and toddlers, manipulation is not recommended due to limited evidential benefit, the vulnerability of growth centres and potential for injury risk.

Osteopaths, Children and the Wider Health Care System

Osteopaths are obliged to work with other health professionals and services seamlessly for the timely, appropriate and coordinated care of children and their caregivers under conventional musculoskeletal health management guidelines. This position statement outlines best practice expectations regarding working arrangements and clinical standards for osteopaths who work with children and their caregivers.

Osteopathy Scope of Practice

This statement is for health professionals, third party funders and policymakers. It gives an overview of osteopathic practice and its place within the Australian healthcare system.

Osteopathy Service Descriptors

The Osteopathy Service Descriptors discuss the types of consultations osteopaths may provide, and offers a rational basis for costing osteopathic healthcare.

Osteopathy Australia's Position Statements are prepared in regard to general circumstances.

It is the responsibility of the practitioner to have express regard to the particular circumstances of each case and the application of this statement in each case. In particular, clinical management must always be responsive to the needs of individual health consumer, resources, and limitations unique to the clinics or type of practice. Position statements have been prepared having regard to the information available at the time of their preparation, and the practitioner should, therefore, consider any information, research or material which may have been published or become available subsequently. Each position statement has a published date included.

While Osteopathy Australia endeavours to ensure that statements are as current as possible at the time of their preparation, it takes no responsibility for matters arising from changed circumstances or information or material which may have become available subsequently.

Osteopathy Australia Partners

We work with these complementary key organisations as an essential part
of providing high quality healthcare for Australians.

Pain Australia
National Rural Health Alliance
VIC Worksafe
Workcover WA
Arthritis Australia
Member Advantage
Victoria University
NT Worksafe
Associations Forum
RMIT University
Better Pain Management
Insurance Commission of WA
SA Worksafe
Wentworth Advantage
Australian Osteopathic Accreditation Council
Worksafe ACT
NSW Workcover
OPC Health
TAS Workcover
Brooks Shoes
QLD Worksafe
Guild Insurance
Health Workforce Australia