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The life impact of chronic pain 

22 July 2019 12:30 PM AEST

Whilst invisible, pain is very real for the 6.9 million Australians living with musculoskeletal conditions. Whilst debilitating, the reality is that without pain management, a third (34%) of Australians who are impacted by chronic pain, will develop mental health conditions.

Musculoskeletal pain is the leading cause of disability for a third (28%) of Australians which leads to a feeling comparable to burning or tingling, leaving those living with pain unable to work, sleep or even walk.

In support of National Pain Week, Osteopath and Pain Educator, Dr Elizabeth Howard talks about the impacts of pain on the whole body.

For the full media release, please click here

The new capabilities for osteopathic practice 

20 June 2019 12:00 PM AEST

The new capabilities for osteopathic practice (2019) can now be viewed on the Osteopathy Board of Australia’s website

We encourage osteopaths to get to know the new capabilities before they come into effect 1 December 2019.

Osteopathy Board of Australia Chair Dr Nikole Grbin said, "We have decided to publish the capabilities before they come into effect to allow time for osteopaths and other stakeholders to prepare for their introduction and easily transition from the existing capabilities." 

Click here to read the media release from Osteopathy Board of Australia (OBA) and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

Active pain management winning over Australians

14th April 2019 7:45 AM AEST

Pain associated with the musculoskeletal system impacts one in three Australians, and while chronic pain is the most common reason that people seek medical help, it remains one of the most misunderstood areas of healthcare.

Chronic pain can disrupt the quality of life and become debilitating. A third of patients who experience chronic pain (31%) will experience higher levels of psychological distress, one in five (20%) will suffer from depression and the probability of early retirement because of pain-related disability increases by 40%.

Osteopath and Osteopathy Australia member, Dr Michelle Funder says, “Chronic pain can affect people of all ages, races and genders and one in five GP consultations involves a patient suffering from chronic pain.

By looking at the underlying causes of chronic pain along with individual lifestyle factors, Osteopaths can create a personalised and holistic treatment plan. During Osteopathy Awareness Week (14–20 April), Osteopathy Australia is encouraging Australians to seek relief by opting for non-medicated treatments and to #GiveOsteoAGo.

For the full media release, please click here

Osteopathy is on the rise

7th March 2019 8:14 AM AEDT

Osteopathy is now ranked as one of the fastest growing healthcare professions in Australia, and it is not slowing down any time soon - why would it?

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) statistics show that in 2017-18, the osteopathy profession grew by 7.1%. The profession now generates over $300 million for Australia’s economy every year and treats over 300,000 Australians a month. It is clear that osteopathy is on the rise.

For the full media release, please click here

Don't let pain be your travel bug this holiday season

10th December 2018 7:45 AM AEDT

With some of the best holiday destinations in Australia and abroad, requiring hundreds, if not thousands of kilometres of travel - it’s no wonder the commute from home to your holiday destination is often the most dreaded part of the experience, especially if you are suffering from acute neck or back pain.

With help from osteopath, Connie Petousis, here are some top tips that may help alleviate pain while travelling for long periods and make the experience far more bearable this holiday season.

For the full media release, please click here

National Safe Work Month 

1st October 2018 7:30 AM AEDT

Stand up for your health this OCTOBER and support #safeworkmonth!

Supporting October’s National Safe Work Month, Osteopathy Australia is encouraging Australians to incorporate simple movements such as stretching, standing up, walking meetings, changing postures regularly and micro-breaks into their working day to reduce the risk of developing a chronic pain problem, or a work-related musculoskeletal complaint. 

For more information around Osteopathy Australia's involvement and support of National Safe Work Month, please email comms@osteopathy.org.au

For the full media release, please click here

Lower back pain & Osteopathy

5th July 2018 11:30 AM AEST

Lower back pain is one of the most common complaints seen by a GP or healthcare professional. It is estimated that over 80% of Australians will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives. Lower back pain may be acute (new pain) or chronic (longstanding pain), and it can range from mild and annoying to severe and debilitating.

There are numerous things which may cause or contribute to the development of lower back pain. Science has allowed us to understand how pain as a sensation works, therefore (except in certain circumstances) the new consensus amongst osteopaths, doctors, scientists and other health professionals is that the old advice of resting, avoiding activity and using strong medication does not have to be your first option.

For the full media release, please click here

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