Please note: The Standard Pathway Assessment (SPA) has been discontinued effective 19 June 2019 and we will not be accepting any new applicants to commence the pathway. The Council is currently developing an alternate assessment pathway for overseas osteopaths wanting to migrate to Australia. The new assessment process is being developed to align with contemporary assessment practices and we anticipate the new pathway will be available in early 2020. Please contact us if you have any questions.
This pathway is open to candidates from any country (including the UK) who hold an osteopathic qualification that has been bench-marked as academically equivalent to an Australian or New Zealand Bachelor degree. If your first language is not English or your course of study was not delivered in English you will need to provide evidence of having completed a test of English language proficiency. More information about English language skills standards and requirements can be found on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) website.
Stage 1: Initial Assessment
The first stage of the AOAC Assessment Process requires a candidate to submit the application Form 1C Application for the Assessment of Eligibility to Undertake the Professional Examinations in Osteopathy and include all documentation specified in the application form.
The initial assessment can take up to 10 working days from the date AOAC receives the correctly completed application form and all the required documents exactly as stated in the form.
Stage 2: Written Examination
The written examination is the second stage of the AOAC Assessment Process and involves a three-hour exam designed to assess the candidate’s ability to use knowledge of osteopathic practice to respond to questions about specific scenarios.
The written examination uses multiple-choice questions about patient case scenarios to assess the knowledge, problem-solving and decision-making skills required for safe and competent practice of osteopathy practice in the Australian context.
Written examinations are scheduled for the first week of March and September each year.
Applicants are required to have completed Stage 1 prior to 5 December and 5 June respectively to ensure eligibility to sit the written examination.
Written Exam Venues
Candidates may sit for the written examination in Australia (Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney), New Zealand (Auckland, Christchurch), Europe (Athens, London), Middle East (Dubai, Riyadh), Sub Continent (New Delhi), Africa (Johannesburg) and Asia (Hong Kong, Manila, Singapore).
Stage 3: Portfolio
The portfolio is the third stage of the AOAC Assessment Process and involves completing and submitting various tasks based around real patient experiences and having discussion with an AOAC allocated supervisor. Candidates have up to 3-6 months in normal circumstances to satisfactorily complete the Stage 3 requirements.
A candidate is able to apply for the third and fourth stages when he or she passes the written examination.
Stage 4: Clinical Examination
The clinical examination is the fourth and final part of the AOAC Assessment Process to qualify for general registration to practise. The clinical examination can only be completed in Australia.
Candidates are required to apply for limited registration to sit the examination. Further information on limited registration is available from the Osteopathy Board of Australia Failure to gain limited registration for the clinical examination will result in the inability to sit the examination.
In order to pass the clinical examination, a candidate must demonstrate that he or she are currently suitable to practice osteopathy independently in Australia by undertaking a safe and effective consultation with six real patients.
Clinical Examination Dates and Venue
Clinical examinations are generally scheduled for the last week of February and August each year and are held in Melbourne, Australia only. The venue for the clinical examination is Victoria University (Flinders Street Campus) in Melbourne, Australia.
Stage 5: Assessment (Open Book Examination (OBE))
Once a candidate has met all the requirements for stages 1-4, they will then be invited to undertake the Open book exam (OBE) based on the Information on the Practice of Osteopathy in Australia – A guide for graduates trained overseas. This exam is multiple choice and completed online. Login details will be provided once a candidate reaches this stage.
After successfully completing the full assessment process candidates are considered qualified pursuant to section 53 (c) of the National Law for general registration as an osteopath under section 52 of the National Law on the basis that the individual holds a qualification relevant to osteopathy and has successfully completed an assessment required by the National Board for the purpose of general registration as an osteopath.