The role of osteopathy in addressing current and future health needs white paper

The landscape of healthcare is perpetually evolving, driven by advancements in medical knowledge and technology and the changing health needs of the population. Within this dynamic framework, osteopathy stands out for its whole-body approach, emphasising the interrelationship between the structure and function of the human body and its intrinsic capacity for healing and health maintenance.


The Role of Osteopathy in Addressing Current and Future Health Needs white paper, prepared by the association, examines osteopathy's future role. It aims to delineate osteopathy's current and prospective contributions to healthcare in Australia while addressing the profession’s unique position in managing both acute and chronic conditions. It highlights its potential to enhance preventive care and improve overall health outcomes. As the prevalence of chronic musculoskeletal conditions escalates and the demographic landscape shifts towards an ageing population, the role of osteopathy has never been more significant.


The document explores the strategic integration of osteopathic care into the broader healthcare system, identifying barriers and opportunities for its growth. This includes examining the regulatory, educational, and funding aspects that currently shape the profession. By articulating the challenges and proposing informed strategies, this document seeks to advocate for greater recognition and utilisation of osteopathy within Australia’s health policy landscape.


This document makes several recommendations that could increase the use of osteopathy as part of a broader reform aimed at establishing effective patient-centred, multidisciplinary teams required to address the current crisis in the Australian healthcare system.


Additionally, this document is intended to serve as a comprehensive resource for healthcare professionals, policymakers, and educational institutions. It aims to foster a deeper understanding of osteopathy’s capabilities and to support evidence-based, patient-centred care models that effectively integrate osteopathic services.