What training is required to become an Osteopath?


To become a registered Osteopath in Australia, you have to complete a minimum 5 year University Masters Degree, which consists of a 3 year Bachelor Degree in Health/Clinical Science followed by a 2 year Masters in Osteopathic Medicine*. All Osteopaths must be registered with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) once they are qualified and will have current first aid, police check and professional & public liability insurance. This must be maintained throughout an Osteopath’s career. Most Osteopaths are also registered with Osteopathy Australia (check the OA website to see if your Osteopath is registered). Some therapists may claim to perform ‘Osteopathic techniques’, but unless they have completed and graduated the University degree and are registered through AHPRA they are not an Osteopath. To maintain registration as an Osteopath, ongoing learning is required so that skills and knowledge are up to date with current standards and evidence based research.

To get an appointment with one of Bay City Health Group’s Osteopaths, call the clinic or book online through our website.

03 5229 3220


*The structure of the Osteopathy course is currently undergoing some minor changes at the Australian Universities that teach Osteopathy - and might differ slightly to the timeframe/structure mentioned above.