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Role and key duties

Osteopaths diagnose, treat and provide preventative advice on disorders of the musculoskeletal system of the body, and use manual techniques to alleviate stresses to improve the body"s function.

Duties may include: diagnosing patients' complaints using information from case histories, physical examinations, observation of patients' body structure and mobility, and clinical aids (e.g. X-rays, CT scans and laboratory tests); treating patients using a variety of manual techniques such as soft tissue stretching, muscle relaxation and gentle mobilisation; treating biomechanical complaints (e.g. backache, general joint problems, sports injuries, arthritis, stress and repetitive strain injuries), some breathing problems (e.g. asthma) and a wide range of general medical complaints (e.g. headache); treating children for the aftereffects of birth trauma and childhood accidents; and devising exercise and nutritional programs.

Minimum qualification required

Completion of a Degree in Applied Science with a major in Complementary Medicine Osteopathy.

Recommended qualification

Degree in Applied Science with a major in Complementary Medicine Osteopathy.

Job Family

Health and allied health
Allied health is about the prevention, treatment and management of illness and ensuring the wellbeing of Victorians, young and old. Allied health professionals can work as part of a multi-disciplinary team and be hospital or community based.

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