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Osteopaths are medical professionals that diagnose and treat tissue strains, stresses, and dysfunctions which impede normal mechanisms of the body. They can provide advice on how to treat and prevent disorders through exercises that can be completed at home and other forms of therapy.

Within the fitness, sport, and recreation industry, osteopaths can expect to work in locations such as: 

  • Professional and amateur sporting clubs
  • Allied health clinics 
  • Health clubs 
  • Gymnasiums and swimming clubs

Key Responsibilities

  • Assisting and improving the function of body systems. 
  • Planning and managing effective management of patients’ dysfunction.
  • Designing, reviewing, and evaluating treatment programs. 
  • Recording detailed medical histories, treatments delivered and the patients’ progress with treatment.
  • Conducting gentle movements to treat muscles, bones, and joints.
  • Gently changing and correcting spinal movements to restore flexibility. 
  • Coordinating with other medical professionals, managers, and coaches in relation to the athlete/patients’ needs and treatment progress. 
  • Educating patients on therapeutic procedures such as home exercises and lifestyle changes to enhance their health and wellbeing.

The Attributes and Skills You Will Need

  • Proficient communication skills, both in-person and digitally. 
  • An interest and extensive pool of knowledge in human movement and biology. 
  • Proficient problem-solving and critical thinking skills. 
  • Proficient active listening skills to engage with clients/patients.
  • Administration skills to complete office duties such as appointment planning and recording, printing documents, and analysing test results. 
  • An ability to interpret analytical data and results. 
  • Experience using Office applications such as Excel and Outlook.
Salary: ranges between $75,000 and $90,000

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Salary: The typical salary of an osteopath in Australia ranges between $75,000 and $90,000, according to

The education pathways listed encompass the most common entry-level courses that can be undergone to become a sports marketer.


Potential Career Outcomes

Further Qualifications

Duration and/or Number of Units

Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Osteopathic Studies) – Southern Cross University


Master of Osteopathic Medicine (postgraduate degree required for registration as a qualified osteopath)

3 years full-time

Master of Osteopathic Medicine

This postgraduate course allows you to become a registered osteopath.


1.5 years full-time