About Osteopathy

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About Osteopathy

In Australia, osteopaths are government registered allied health practitioners who complete university training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general healthcare diagnosis, and osteopathic techniques.

Osteopaths focus on your neuro-musculoskeletal system - the bones, muscles, nerves and other tissues that support your body and control its movements. Osteopaths provide musculoskeletal and nervous system assessments, manual therapy; clinical exercise programs; and movement, postural, positioning advice and ergonomic assessments. They may also offer therapeutic needling techniques like dry needling, trigger point therapy or acupuncture. Your osteopath may also offer ongoing support and educational advice about your lifestyle, stress management, diet or other factors that may influence your pain, injury or movement.

Osteopaths mainly work in private practices but also work in a range of health settings including multidisciplinary medical/health clinics, rehabilitation clinics, aged care facilities, professional sports clubs, government, chronic pain management settings and research institutes.

Discover Osteopathy

Discover osteopathy! Find out what it is, what an osteopath does, and how osteopathic treatment may help you.

Patient Journey Videos

Osteopathy Australia's short video collection of patients who visited an osteopath for treatment and support.

What You Can Claim

From Medicare rebates to DVA claims and insurance, see what you can claim here

Studying Osteopathy

Want to study osteopathy in 2019? View your available tertiary options

Working as an Osteopath

You must be government registered, meet high professional standards and complete annual continuing professional education to practice osteopathy in Australia

Advanced Practice Recognition

Osteopathy Australia's public advanced practice recognition information page.

Osteopathy Australia Partners

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of providing high quality healthcare for Australians.

BioCeuticals
GuildSuper
Arthritis Australia
Insurance Commission of WA
SA Worksafe
Australian Osteopathic Accreditation Council
AHPA
Medicare
OPC Health
TAS Workcover
Associations Forum
Brooks Shoes
MAIB
MAC SA
ESSA
RMIT University
NT Worksafe
Sleepmaker
QLD Worksafe
Kymdan
AHPRA
National Rural Health Alliance
OBA
Health Workforce Australia
HICAPS
Wentworth Advantage
OIA
Workcover WA
TAC VIC
DVA
Victoria University
Member Advantage
Worksafe ACT
MAIC QLD
Guild Insurance
Better Pain Management
NSW Workcover
VIVOBAREFOOT
SCU
Pain Australia
NSW SIRA
VIC Worksafe