Osteopathy as a career

Osteopathy can offer a varied, satisfying and fulfilling career in healthcare for those with a genuine interest in helping people.

Osteopathy in one of the fastest growing allied health professions in Australia, with osteopaths in every state and territory in the country. It contributes over $500 million per year to the Australian economy, with the number of registered osteopaths continuing to grow each year.

You’ll need an interest in science and how the human body works, enjoy working with people and be ready to work in a busy, fast-paced environment where you’ll be taking responsibility for patients’ healthcare right from the start.

Most osteopaths work in private clinical practice but an osteopathic qualification can also lead to non-clinical inter-disciplinary opportunities in, for example, education, consultation and research.

It is adaptable to both part-time and full-time work. Many osteopaths go on to run their own business.

Studying to be an osteopath

Studying to be an osteopath Osteopaths are university trained and osteopathy is a regulated profession in Australia.

Course length varies depending on which university you attend, but you will need to study for a minimum of four years study, full time, to achieve your university qualification.

The training involves practice placements where you can get first-hand clinical experience.

Currently, osteopathy is taught at:
Locations

Lismore, Gold Coast

Courses

Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Osteopathic Studies)
Master of Osteopathic Medicine

Duration

Four years, full time to achieve both qualifications (undergraduate and Master’s)

Courses

Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Osteopathic Studies)
Master of Osteopathic Medicine

Duration

Four years, full time to achieve both qualifications (undergraduate and Master’s)

Duration

Four years, full time to achieve both qualifications (undergraduate and Master’s)

In order to get accepted to study osteopathy, you must:
  • Complete the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (SSCE) (ie, ACT Year 12 Certificate, NSW HSC, NTCET, QCE, SACE, TCE, VCE, VCAL, WACE)
  • Achieve the required ATAR Course Entry (Osteopathy ATAR: Victoria University, Southern Cross University and RMIT)
Continuing professional development (CPD)

Once you have qualified as an osteopath, like all registered health professionals in Australia, you must maintain and develop your skills in practice to ensure lifelong learning. You cannot be a registered health professional in Australia without completing at least 25 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) each year.

Further study

Once you have completed your initial qualification, you can undertake further postgraduate research or clinically related taught Master’s courses. Masters by research and PhD programs are available at both RMIT University and Victoria University. There is also a wide range of inter-disciplinary Master’s programs relevant to practising osteopaths.

Advanced Practitioner Program

Osteopathy Australia runs an Advanced Practitioner Program to build advanced clinical skills in osteopathy among our members. You can become an Advanced Practitioner in a number of focus areas such as paediatrics, exercise rehabilitation or pain management. The involves completing further education and demonstrating advanced skills in your chosen focus area, which is assessed by panels of allied health professionals and medical specialists.

Find out more

For more information about studying and working as an osteopath, visit the Osteopathy Australia website.