Advanced Practice

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:

  • Paediatrics (children)

  • Sports management

  • Exercise rehabilitation

  • Occupational health

  • Pain management.

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.  

 

 

 

Osteopathy Australia Partners

We work with these complementary key organisations as an essential part
of providing high quality healthcare for Australians.

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