Osteopaths complete a 5 year full time University degree that leads to a Bachelor/Masters qualification. They are government registered healthcare providers registered to treat WorkCover, TAC and Veterans’ Affairs patients.
Osteopaths are trained to recognise conditions which require medical referral or referral to another Allied Health Practitioner.
Osteopathy has been practised for more than 100 years in Australia. Globally it is now widely recognised as one of the most scientifically validated and effective complementary therapies. Notably, the World Health Organisation recognises the osteopathic concept of somatic dysfunction as being scientifically proven. This concept, unique to osteopathic practice, describes impaired or altered function of the body framework (including the muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues). During your consultation, your Osteopath may refer to this diagnostic term.
Research on Osteopathy is undertaken continuously in Australia and abroad. Findings and outcomes from this research, published in the International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, sustain the growth and development of the profession.
Osteopaths in Australia are nationally registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Osteopathy Australia (OA), established in the mid 1900’s, acts as the national professional body representing Osteopaths. The Osteopaths at Canterbury Health Hub are both registered with the Osteopathy Board of Australia associated with AHPRA and are members of OA.