Advanced Practice

Osteopathy Australia recognises osteopaths with additional skills and training in healthcare.

An Advanced Practitioner is an osteopath who:

  • Meets additional educational requirements

  • Demonstrates exceptional career achievements and quality clinical practice

  • Completes additional training in a clinical focus area

  • Maintains ongoing education each year to stay current.

As a patient or consumer, you get all the benefits of a well-trained osteopath plus additional skills in a focus area.

Focus areas include the following:

  • Paediatrics (children)

  • Sports management

  • Exercise rehabilitation

  • Occupational health

  • Pain management.

Advanced Practitioners are recognised through one of two pathways.

1. Further university qualification and demonstrated career achievements.

2. Education and training in a range of studies over time and demonstrated career achievements.

Both pathways require other health professionals (non-osteopaths), like medical and other allied health professionals, to assess candidate suitability for Advanced Practice Recognition.

Advanced Practitioners are awarded a professional title, for example, “Advanced Paediatric Osteopath” or “Advanced Pain Management Osteopath”. Advanced Practitioners are clearly distinguished on Osteopathy Australia’s Find an Osteo database for patients and other health professionals. 

Health professionals and health service organisations can refer to our health professionals information page for a detailed overview of Advanced Practice Recognition, and standards to be demonstrated within focus areas.  

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Osteopathy Australia Partners

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

OIA
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Victoria University
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Brooks Shoes
SCU
National Rural Health Alliance
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OPC Health
VIC Worksafe
AHPA
TAC VIC
ESSA
FlexEze
NSW Workcover
Health Workforce Australia
Better Pain Management
Pain Australia
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OBA
DVA
MAIB
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AOAC
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Red Cross Australia
Sleepmaker
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