Osteopaths diagnose, treat and provide preventative advice about disorders that affect the body's musculoskeletal system, using manual techniques to alleviate stresses and dysfunction to improve the body's function.


Job Demand: High

Average weekly wage: $1,292

Where you could work:

  • Hospitals   Pindara, Allamanda, Gold Coast University Hospital
  • Physiotherapy Clinics     Hip to Toe

Osteopath do the following tasks:

  • Diagnose patients' complaints using information from case histories, physical examinations, observation of patients' body structure and mobility, and medical imaging and laboratory tests
  • Treat biomechanical complaints (including backache, general joint problems, sports injuries, arthritis, stress and repetitive strain injuries), some breathing problems (such as asthma) and a wide range of general medical complaints (headaches, for example)
  • Treat patients using a variety of manual techniques, such as soft tissue stretching, muscle relaxation, gentle mobilisation or manipulation
  • Treat children for the after-effects of birth trauma and childhood accidents
  • Devise exercise and nutritional programs.
  • Recording detailed patient medical histories, treatments delivered and the patients' responses and progress to treatments
  • Referring patients to specialists and liaising with other Health Professionals in relation to patients' problems, needs and progress
  • Educating patients, their partners, family and friends in therapeutic procedures, such as home exercises and lifestyle changes, to enhance patients' health and wellbeing