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:
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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