Osteopathy as a Profession
Osteopaths complete a five-year full time University degree that leads to a Bachelor/Masters qualification. They are government registered healthcare providers registered to treat WorkCover, TAC and Veterans’ Affairs patients.
Osteopathy is covered by private health funds and the Medicare Enhanced Primary Care scheme. Osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners and are trained to recognise conditions which require medical referral. They are also trained to perform standard medical examinations of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems.
Osteopathy has been practised for more than 100 years in Australia. Globally it is now widely recognised as one of the most scientifically validated and effective complementary therapies. Notably, the World Health Organisation recognises the osteopathic concept of somatic dysfunction as being scientifically proven. This concept, unique to osteopathic practice, describes impaired or altered function of the body framework (including the muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues). During your consultation, your Osteopath may refer to this diagnostic term.
Research on Osteopathy is undertaken continuously in Australia and abroad. Findings and outcomes from this research, published in the International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, sustain the growth and development of the profession.
In Australia, osteopaths are government registered practitioners regulated by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Osteopathy Australia (OA), acts as the national professional body representing Osteopaths.
Osteopaths are registered providers for workers’ compensation schemes, motor accident insurers and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.