Nobody is immune to pain. Everybody experiences headache, neck or back pain, sporting injuries, stiffness or pain at some time. If you have the desire to help people alleviate pain and recover their active lives, a career in osteopathy might be just right for you. Studying towards a career as an osteopath can be rewarding for you and the people you treat. Osteopathy is a fascinating field of study where you will learn the connection between the body’s structure and the way it functions. It will also equip you with diagnostic skills and the ability to formulate and prescribe suitable treatment programs.
Osteopathy is a holistic discipline that focuses on how the bones, joints, muscles, connective tissues, nerves, circulation and internal organs functions as a whole. Osteopaths are trained to evaluate, diagnose and identify dysfunction in the body. They can also administer a wide range of manual techniques such as stretching and massage or utilise supplementary measures such as exercise, heat, water and light for general treatment of the body.
Osteopathic practitioners are university trained, government registered professionals. Osteopaths in Australia are registered under Osteopathy Board of Australia and eligible for registration with the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand. The average salary of an osteopath a year is $68,774, wages vary according to skill level, experience and employer. Osteopaths can also choose to open their own clinical practice.
All accredited osteopathic programs in Australia are five-year university degree course. The first component is a three-year Bachelor of Clinical Sciences. The second component is a two-year Master of Osteopathic Medicine. For students interested in pursuing a career in osteopathy, here are the Universities offering Osteopathy in Australia:
Southern Cross University – Master of Osteopathic Medicine
Lismore T: 1800 005 687
Coffs Harbour T: +61 2 6659 3777
Gold Coast T: +61 7 5589 3001
Five years of education and training is required to be an osteopath. Southern Cross University offers three year-year Bachelor of Clinical Sciences and two-year Master of Osteopathic Medicine to be accredited by the Osteopathy Board of Australia.
RMIT University – Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathy)
124 La Trobe Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
T: +61 3 9925 2000
Completion of Australian 12 year senior secondary certificate and a study score of at least 25 in English are required to enrol in Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathy) in RMIT University. They offer practical classes combined with observation and supervised experience in the on-campus clinic to ensure students gain maximum experience before they graduate.
Victoria University – Master of Health Science (Osteopathy)
PO Box 14428 Australia Melbourne 8001
T: +61 3 9919 4000
Victoria University has campuses across Melbourne’s central and western suburbs (and one in Sydney, too.) The Master of Health Science (Osteopathy) equips students with the diagnostic skills and graduate capabilities for Osteopathic practice required by primary health-care practitioners. Students will also have the ability to formulate and prescribe a suitable and safe treatment program. The Master of Health Science (Osteopathy) is accredited by the Australian and New Zealand Osteopathic Council (ANZOC).