What is an Osteopath?

An Osteopath is a primary health care practitioner.
Osteopaths are not alternative health care practitioners, they are university trained, and are one of a group of ten government registered allied health professionals; this group includes and chiropractors and physiotherapists.

In an Osteopath's minimum of five years of university training, they learn Osteopathic techniques, anatomy and physiology and general medical diagnosis to enable them to direct your care to a medical professional when needed.


In Australia, Osteopaths are required to sit board examinations set by the Australian Osteopathic Association. The Australian Osteopathic Association liaises with federal government and all other statutory bodies regarding professional, educational, legislative and regulatory issues. When an Osteopath passes their board examination they have met the legal requirements to become a government registered allied professional.


To ensure practitioner knowledge is current, Osteopaths have a minimum requirement of ongoing professional development and training as a part of their membership to the Australian Osteopathic Association. Osteopaths are required to adhere to a standard of professional and ethical behaviour.