Extended Practice Recognition

Extended Practitioners are assessed by two different assessors against clear focus area knowledge standards. The purpose of Extended Practice Recognition is to signal to the public and other stakeholders that an osteopath is on a pathway to developing enhanced focus area clinical awareness.

You will recognise osteopaths with Extended Practice Recognition by how they refer to themselves on their websites, business cards or emails, for example: Paediatrics Extended Practitioner or Sports Extended Practitioner.     

You get the benefit of an osteopath, plus clinical safety, risk management and quality care knowledge in a focus area. Our Extended Practitioners are supported by highly skilled Advanced Practitioner peers to continue growing and refining their focus area awareness and skills.

Extended Practitioners have either:

  • Completed a minimum number of formal education hours in their focus area; education must have been in clinical topics supporting good health outcomes in the focus area; or

  • Completed a formal clinical supervision program to grow focus area knowledge after becoming an osteopath. Clinical supervision programs must be facilitated by health professionals with advanced clinical knowledge and skills in a focus area, for example Osteopathy Australia Advanced Practitioners or equivalents from other health professions. 

Our clinical Quality Practice Frameworks guide what Extended Practitioners must show in further formal education or clinical supervision programs completed.

Review a Quality Practice Framework below.

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