Osteopaths in Australia
In Australia, osteopaths are registered health professionals. This means that, in order to practice as an osteopath, a person must be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra), a government body that maintains the national register of health practitioners. Ahpra’s role is to protect the public, and sets standards and policies that all registered health practitioners must meet.
Registration of osteopaths with Ahpra is carried out by the Osteopathy Board of Australia. In order to be registered with Ahpra, osteopaths must complete a university degree and commit to undertaking at least 25 hours of continuing professional development each year to stay current and up to date.
The university course to study osteopathy involves at least four years of study on subjects such as anatomy, physiology, pathology, as well as practical healthcare diagnosis and osteopathic techniques.
Advanced Practitioners are trained osteopaths with advanced clinical skills, as recognised by Osteopathy Australia. Advanced Practitioners are skilled allied health professionals and available in the following disciplines:
- Exercise-based rehabilitation
- Occupational health
- Sports management