What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a form of healthcare which was developed in the 19th century by American Physician, Dr Andrew Taylor Still. Osteopathy recognises the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions.
In Australia, Osteopaths are required to complete a minimum of five years university training. The graduates hold either a double Bachelor or Masters qualification.
Osteopathy is one of ten regulated healthcare professions in Australia. Osteopaths are required to be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA). In order to maintain registration with AHPRA,they are required to complete ongoing professional development and education.
Osteopaths for the most part, provide hands on treatment for muscle and joint pain and injury. However, Osteopaths are recognised as primary healthcare practitioners and are trained in performing standard medical examinations including those of the neurological, cardiovascular and respiratory systems. This training allows the Osteopath to identify conditions that may require referral to medical practitioners.