Details on Advanced Practitioners, their focus areas, application pathways and more
Advanced Practice Recognition
Osteopathy Australia recognises members with advanced clinical skills health care
On successfully applying, a member is recognised as an Advanced Practitioner.
Advanced Practitioners are assessed by skilled health professionals within a focus area. Panels include allied health professionals and medical specialists.
On being recognised, Advanced Practitioners are given unique privileges, including a formal professional title like: “Advanced Paediatric Osteopath”, "Advanced Exercise Rehabilitative Osteopath", or “Advanced Pain Management Osteopath”.
As a patient/client, you get the benefit of a well-trained osteopath, plus a professional with enhanced clinical skills.
Advanced Practitioners have*:
Completed a range of quality education in their focus area. Advanced Practitioners show they have been educated in clinical topics supporting good health outcomes in the focus area
Demonstrated quality in how they practice with many focus area client/patient groups. Advanced Practitioners show they can give treatments and services accepted by many allied health and health professions
Succeeded in a professional review based on feedback from other health professionals (non- osteopaths only) sharing management of clients/patients over an extended time. Referees must belong to a medical or other allied health profession
Demonstrated a career track record of providing a broad range of quality clinical services in the area indicated by their title.
Our clinical Quality Practice Frameworks guide what Advanced Practitioners must show in further education, the way they practice, what they have done in their career, and in what other health professionals report.
*Visit our Advanced Practice Recognition Details page for further details on what an osteopath must do before becoming an Advanced Practitioner.