Osteopathy Australia recognises osteopaths with additional skills and training in healthcare.
An Advanced Practitioner is an osteopath who has:
Meets additional educational requirements
Demonstrates exceptional career achievements
Completes additional training in a clinical focus area
Maintains ongoing education each year to stay current.
As a patient or consumer, you get all the benefits of a well-trained osteopath plus additional skills in a focus area.
Focus areas might include any of the following:
Advanced practitioners are recognised through one of two pathways.
One pathway requires a further university qualification and demonstrated career achievements.
The other pathway requires education and training in a range of studies over time and demonstrated career achievements.
Both pathways require other health professionals, (non osteopaths) like medical and other allied health professionals to assess a candidate’s suitability for advanced practice recognition.
When recognised at an advanced level, members are awarded a professional title, for example “Advanced Paediatric Osteopath” or “Advanced Pain Management Osteopath”. Advanced practitioners are clearly distinguished on Osteopathy Australia’s Find an Osteo database for patients and other health professionals.
Health professionals and health service organisations can refer to our health professionals information page for a more substantive overview of advanced recognition arrangements and standards to be demonstrated within focus areas.