Frequently Asked Questions

What training do osteopaths have?

In Australia, osteopaths are government-registered primary healthcare practitioners. We have completed five years, full-time university training. Some of their training includes anatomy, physiology, pathology, orthopaedic testing and osteopathic techniques. Osteopaths are trained to recognise conditions that require medical referral. At the Children’s Osteopathic Centre we regularly participate in postgraduate training in our field.

What is the history of osteopathy?

Osteopathy was foundered in 1874 by Dr Andrew Taylor Still, an American medical doctor. Dr William Gardner Sutherland (1873–1954), who graduated from the American School of Osteopathy in 1900, developed the concept of cranial osteopathy. Cranial osteopathy is utilised widely in the treatment of children and babies due to its gentle approach.

Is osteopathy suitable for babies and children?

Absolutely. At the Children’s Osteopathic Centre we only use gentle techniques, which are ideal for treating growing bodies. We do not manipulate babies or children.

What should I expect in my initial consultation?

The first consultation will include taking a case history, a physical examination and a treatment, if clinically appropriate. We try to keep the environment as relaxed as possible for your child. For a newborn visit, please bring your baby’s health record book and any other relevant medical documentation. Feel free to feed your baby during the consult. For older babies and toddlers, a familiar toy or book can be helpful. You are welcome to give your child a drink or something to eat during the visit.

Is osteopathy available through Medicare?

Osteopathy is only covered by Medicare if you are eligible for the chronic disease management program, (previously EPC). Please consult your GP to determine your eligibility.

Are osteopathic treatments covered by private health insurance?

Most private health insurance funds provide rebates for osteopathic treatment. Check with your provider before commencing treatment so as to be fully aware of rebate entitlements.

What is your cancellation policy?

We have a 24-hour cancellation policy. A fee will apply if a cancellation occurs within 24 hours of the appointment time.

Would you like any further information?

Please call (03) 734 7077 to speak to one of our friendly osteopaths.