Osteopaths examine patients to determine the nature and extent of disorders that are caused by interference with the nervous system. Osteopaths adjust spinal columns, or utilise supplementary measures such as exercise, water, light and heat to correct problem areas.

Duties and tasks

  • Advises patients about nutrition, sleep, exercise and stress management
  • Consults with a patients primary doctor when necessary
  • Evaluates the functioning of the nervous system and the spine
  • Maintains accurate records on patients, including case histories and medical histories
  • Performs a series of manual adjustments to the spine to correct disorders

Skills required

  • A desire to help others
  • A strong background in chemistry, biology, physics and psychology
  • Able to detect physical abnormalities
  • Licensed as an Osteopath or related health professional
  • Maintain accurate paperwork

Working conditions

Osteopaths work in clean, comfortable offices. They generally work 40 hours a week, but may need to schedule evening and weekend hours to accommodate patients. Osteopaths are on their feet for long periods of time.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australian Osteopathic Association 

Australian and New Zealand Osteopathic Council 

Osteopaths Registration Board of Australia 

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