Osteopath

Osteopath

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.

Osteopath

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