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Osteopaths focus on how your skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves and circulation worktogether to maintain health and wellbeing. They use techniques such as massage,manipulation and stretching to treat injuries and other health problems. Someosteopaths specialise in pain management, specific injuries or particular sports.

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Services provided

  • Manual (hands-on) therapy
  • Sports-related health
  • Pain management
  • Injury treatment and prevention advice


Appointments may be made directly without a doctor’s referral. For some schemes a referral may be required.

How to access

A doctor’s referral is required for attendance under the Chronic Disease Management(CDM) program.

Other schemes
A referral may be required for workers’ compensation schemes, motor accident insurers and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. If you are unsure, check with your doctor or osteopath before attending an appointment.

Go to Osteopathy AustraliaExternal Link to find an osteopath near you.


The cost of osteopathy varies depending on the provider. Contact the service beforeyou attend if you would like more information about cost.

Osteopathy fees are not widely covered by Medicare. They are covered for peoplewho are eligible under the Chronic Disease Management (CDM) program.

Private insurance coverage
Osteopathy fees are covered by some private health funds, but the amount willdepend on your insurance policy. Contact your insurer for more information.



Complementary medicine


Australian Health Practitioner Agency (AHPRA).


Osteopaths must be registered with the Osteopathy Board of Australia. (

Minimum qualifications

The minimum education requirement for an osteopath is a four-year or equivalent bachelor-level or higher qualification, which may include a double degree or master’s qualification.


Tell the osteopath if you are pregnant or have bone cancer, nerve damage, spinalinjuries, heart issues or bleeding.