Osteopathy is a type of manual medicine
We treat the same sorts of conditions as physiotherapists and chiropractors (and many massage therapists). Like those other professions we work on people’s aches, pains and injuries using hands on manual therapies, like massage, mobilisation and manipulation. We also prescribe exercises and give advice on posture, movement and lifestyle.
Osteopaths in Australia are registered health professionals who do 5 years of university training. In addition, they are required to do continuing professional skills development and many develop special interests and skills in particular areas.
The profession is regulated by the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the Osteopathic Board of Australia. The peak body is called Osteopathy Australia: http://www.osteopathy.org.au/