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Osteopaths diagnose and treat tissue strains, stresses and dysfunctions which impede normal neural, vascular and biochemical mechanisms, and provide advice on preventing these disorders.


  • assists and improves the function of body systems
  • plans and discusses effective management of patients' dysfunction
  • designs, reviews, monitors, assesses and evaluates treatment programmes
  • records detailed patient medical histories, treatments delivered and the patients' responses and progress to treatments
  • uses gentle movements to treat muscles, bones and joints
  • gently changes and corrects the movement of the spine to restore movement and health
  • refers patients to specialists and liaise with other health professionals in relation to patients' problems, needs and progress
  • educates patients, their partners, family and friends in therapeutic procedures, such as home exercises and lifestyle changes, to enhance patients' health and wellbeing.


  • stressful.

To become an Osteopath

  • You need either a double degree in health science and applied science (osteopathy) or a bachelor degree in clinical sciences followed by a postgraduate qualification in osteopathy to work as an Osteopath. Most Osteopaths have postgraduate qualifications.

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  • Registration with the Osteopathy Board of Australia is required.

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