Program Details

Program Focus Areas

Osteopaths may become Advanced Practitioners in one or more of the following focus areas- subject to eligibility criteria and conditions:

  • Paediatrics (children)

  • Sports Management

  • Exercise-based Rehabilitation

  • Occupational Health, work injury prevention, management and rehabilitation

  • Pain Management.


Application Pathways

We offer two application pathways to become an Advanced Practitioner.

The tertiary pathway involves showing:

  • Completion of a further university qualification in the focus area (AQF Level 7 and above only)

  • Career achievements and expanded clinical roles over an extended period (what is known as demonstrating an advanced scope of practice in health care)

  • Quality practice through two written referee reports by two different medical or other allied health professionals (non-osteopaths only). An Advanced Practitioner is not allowed to see or get copies of these reports

  • Year-on-year effort to expand focus area knowledge after the university qualification.

Advanced Practitioners recognised through pathway 1 have (tertiary) after their title.

The vocational pathway involves showing:

  • Completion of many focus area formal short, medium, or longer training courses of high quality

  • Career achievements and expanded clinical roles over an extended period (what is known as demonstrating an advanced scope of practice in health care)

  • Quality clinical practice through two written referee reports by two different medical or other allied health professionals (non-osteopaths only). An Advanced Practitioner is not allowed to see or get copies of these reports

  • Ability to write several detailed patient studies based on real patient/client scenarios. Case studies must be supported by high-quality health care evidence accepted by medical and allied health professional reviewers. This is an additional requirement in pathway 2 due to no further university degree

  • Year-on-year effort to expand focus area knowledge through continuing professional development.

Advanced Practitioners recognised through pathway 2 have (vocational) after their title.


Application Assessment

In both application pathways, a review occurs with two other medical or allied health professionals who do not personally know the osteopath. The reviewers use clear procedures that can require a third health professional who does not personally know the osteopath to become involved.


Finding an Advanced Practitioner

You will know when you see an Advanced Practitioner by the titles they use in their advertising (business cards, websites, professional profiles), their listing on Find an Osteo, as well as by the exclusive electronic and physical logos they use.

You will also know if someone is an Advanced Practitioner from the certificates they display at a clinic or where they work.


Further Information

If you have further questions about application requirements, please contact Peter Lalli, Senior Policy Officer.

Ph: (02) 9410 0099

Tollfree: 1800 467 836.

E: clinicalpolicy@osteopathy.org.au

If you are an Osteopathy Australia member, visit our Advanced Practice Recognition member’s page.

Osteopathy Australia Partners

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

Guild Insurance
BioCeuticals
GuildSuper
London College of Animal Osteopathy
OPC Health
SCU
HICAPS
Cliniko
NSW Workcover
Workcover WA
Worksafe ACT
AHPA
MAIB
ESSA
TAS Workcover
Arthritis Australia
Australasian College of Sport & Exercise Physicians
MAC SA
VIC Worksafe
Health Workforce Australia
NSW SIRA
Australian Osteopathic Accreditation Council
OIA
MAIC QLD
Kymdan
DVA
Sleepmaker
QLD Worksafe
VIVOBAREFOOT
TAC VIC
Serenity HLP by Regal sleep
Member Advantage
Pain Australia
SA Worksafe
Better Pain Management
RMIT University
Brooks Shoes
Associations Forum
NT Worksafe
Medicare
Wentworth Advantage
Victoria University
National Rural Health Alliance
OBA
EMS
AHPRA
FlexEze
Insurance Commission of WA