Step By Step: Osteopathic Transition from the UK to Australia

Which Visa Do I have?

Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189) (Points Tested Stream)

How Long Does The Process Take?

About a year to 18 months - 2014-2015

COST: 

Roughly £3000-4000


MAKE SURE THE SKILLED VISA 189 STILL HAS OSTEOPATHY ON THE LIST CLICK HERE

 

STEP ONE!!

Choose Your Path!.. way

OK HERE WE GO……

There are TWO Ways to get in for Osteopaths:

  • Competent Authority Pathway (I did this one)
  • Standard Pathway

A) Competent Authority Pathway (CAP)
Basically this pathway is available for these people who hold current General Osteopathic Council (UK) ‘in good standing’ registration AND a degree from the following university/school 


From these schools/university:

(Thank you Steve Jones for the comment below)

British College of Osteopathic Medicine (formerly British College of Naturopathy and Osteopathy) - From 9 May 2000 

 British School of Osteopathy- From 9 May 2000 - (NOW UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHS)

 College of Osteopaths - From 8 May 2001

European School of Osteopathy - From 9 May 2000

Leeds Beckett University - From 1 September 2007

London College of Osteopathic Medicine - From 9 May 2000

London School of Osteopathy - From 9 May 2000

Oxford Brookes University - From 1 October 2003

Surrey Institute of Osteopathic Medicine - From 1 January 2003

Swansea University - From 15 December 2011

 

B) Standard Pathway

..is for everyone else 

 

 DOWNLOAD THIS FOR MUCH MORE INFO:

http://www.osteopathiccouncil.org.au/files/AOAC%20Candidate%20Guide%20to%20Assessment%20Pathway%20v%202.2%20161014%20(FINAL)(1).pdf

 

STEP TWO!!

Pathway Chosen: Now THE ASSESSMENT Cost: around £1000 all up 

  1. Desktop Assessments:

YOU WILL NEED:

  • Your qualification from the Osteopathy School you were at
  • Prove that you were taught English at a Secondary and Tertiary Level OTHERWISE you have to do the IELTS exam
  • IELTS Exam – show you can speak English – sounds easy but the better you can do on this the more points you get. DEFINITELY practice for it. Get some previous papers so you can practice… I could have got more points if I had done better.. awks.

FOUND HERE: https://www.ielts.org/

Now the waiting game for four weeks… Then once you get the A.. OK then the open book exam

  1. Open book exam. Why do you love Australia Test!! (not really) This is an osteopathic questionnaire - I had to read through an information pack about how osteopathy works in Australia - Wasn't too difficult as it is an open book exam but you MUST read the pack.

 

STEP THREE!!

NOW THE VISA. Go. GO. GOOOOO! MAKE SURE OSTEOPATHY IS ON THE LIST FOR YOUR 60 POINTS

Apply for an EOI (Expression of interest) HERE:

https://skillselect.gov.au/SKILLSELECT/ExpressionOfInterest/PreReg/Start

– FREE AND DO IT NOWWWWW.. ONCE ACCEPTED YOU HAVE 60 DAYS TO APPLY FOR THE VISA

An EOI is the first port of call to be invited to apply for a permanent skilled visa as osteopaths are now on the SKILLED LIST. This is the points testing. You need 60 points to be invited. You get points for age, marital status, qualifications, passing ANZOC test, how many years you have worked, etc. they have a set amount of osteopaths they are allowed to invite per month.

This took a little while because you need to organise and pass the English language language test (IELTS). The higher your language test score the more points you can obtain. IELTS cost about £150

 YOU GET THE INVITATION - so now to apply for a PERMANENT SKILLED VISA : (189). Apply for visa: https://online.immi.gov.au/lusc/register

Cost: around £1500 - ONCE APPLIED WAIT UP TO 9 MONTHS

-INFO REQUIRED FOR VISA: 
1. Health check - a private medical - chest X-ray, blood test, neurological - cost: £300
2. Police check - Carried out online. 2 proofs of address, a person who will reference you. Cost: £45 
3. Birth certificate
4. Confirmation of ANZOC (2015) - now AOAC (Since 2017)- osteopathy exam (above number 1)
5. English Language exam: IELTS. 
6. Reference from your current/last work place plus evidence of tax summaries and salary from the work place
7. Copy of degree qualification

IMPORTANT: MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS CERTIFIED BY A JOP OR NOTARY PUBLIC - A BRITISH PROFESSIONAL I.E DOCTOR/POLICEMAN WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

You can find free JOP on gumtree - some charge extortionate amounts - try to get it for FREE!!

NOW YOU HAVE YOUR VISA!!! AWESOME!! Great feeling huh!?! Now the Obligatory FACEBOOK post obv!

 

STEP FOUR!!

THE AHPRA REGISTRATION - The Australian board for all health professionals (not just osteopathy).

NB// YOU NEED TO BE ON TOP OF AHPRA.

My advice would be to call/go into their office in your city to hand in any applications if you haven't heard much from them.

For me (an osteopath from the uk), I had to have osteopathic supervision for 6 months and be on 'provisional registration'. This costs around 500 AUD for a supervised registration with AHPRA, and you need TWO osteopaths willing to supervise you. The level of supervision can be agreed with your supervisor but it is then assessed by AHPRA and they ultimately decide how long. After the provisional 6 months are completed you apply for full registration.

DONE.

FYI I went to Australia before to do interviews before I fully moved here! They say to wait until your visa is approved but I couldn't wait!! 


NOW HERE I AM, FULLY REGISTERED AS AN OSTEOPATH IN SYDNEY!

IMPORTANT INFO:

  • Osteopathic Insurance: Insurance House (Guild is another insurance provider commonly used) 
  • Osteopathy Australia is the equivalent of BOA - British Osteopathic Association in UK - spreading the good name of osteopathy to the public -  of which I am a member

  • AHPRA - is equivalent of GOSC in UK- General OSteopathic Council - You HAVE to be regidtered with AHPRA to work as an Osteopath in Australia

 

ps. FINAL HURDLES 

1. The HICAPS machine - A credit card machine which allows you to get paid by private health insurers and for patients to get money back (rebated) on treatment immediately.

In Australia most people have private health ~ 90%. You get a provider number for each place you work through Medicare (equivalent of UK NHS))

 

2. Workers Compensation… that’s another $300 to be allowed to treat people who claim. To treat workers compensation you need a  number from SIRA - STATE INSURANCE REGULATORY COMPANY https://www.sira.nsw.gov.au/

To get this number you need to do THIS PIEF course - an online study to understand how the process works:

http://www.pief.com.au/healthprofessionalstraining/pages-for-allied-health-nsw/training-for-allied-health-practitioner-in-new-south-wales

 

Allied Health professionals Workers comp assessment: takes a week or two or three to complete online – videos and multiple choice questions to be able to treat Workers Compensation. (Basically get them back to work asap) It's a multidisciplinary approach with NTD (nominated treating doc) Insurer and Employer/return to work co-ordinator and workplace rehabilitation provider to get people back to work.

My advice here.. get it done!! Keep checking on the PIEF website if the assessment has been assessed! I had to redo mine 2-3 times before finally approved!! Keep on top of this!

 

3. ANIMAL OSTEOPATHY FANS: I am currently treating animals with insurance from Insurance House in Sydney. It is still a bit of a grey area and it is important to get a referal from the animals vet. Qualified with Stuart McGregor in Wantage

4. APPI Pilates programs - is another grey area. If you want to teach this and be paid as an osteopath you have to do the full course to become a full Pilates teacher and get the code for the hicaps machine as a Pilates teacher not as on Osteopath

 AFTER 4 YEARS AS A PERMANENT RESIDENT I CAN APPLY FOR CITIZENSHIP! YAS!!

ALSO You can get a migration agent to help you but I have managed without!

** DISCLAIMER: This is totally my viewpoint and is just to be used for information for people who may be interested - things may have changed since 2015 **

I wouldn't try to stop anyone wanting to get the Australian visa for osteopathy. It takes a while but it will be worth it!

 THE GOVERNMENT STEPS ARE HERE AND REALLY EASY TO FOLLOW TOO:

 https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/189-#tab-content-1

Comment below with questions and an email address and I will aim to get back to you!

www.ozteo.com.au - An Online Osteopathic Shop for Osteopaths and their patients in Australia.

Comments

Steve Jones

Steve Jones said:

With regard to the (very much more straightforward) CAP route, the qualification held must come from a predetermined list of providers and furthermore, awarded after specified dates (see below). As the year 2000 is the absolute earliest of any of the dates, it unfortunately tends to leave those who qualified any earlier (especially DO’s) out in the cold.
I qualified in ’94 (with a DO) and would have hoped that the extra years of experience might be a bonus. Sadly, it turns out to be the opposite.

Institution
British College of Osteopathic Medicine (formerly British College of Naturopathy and Osteopathy)
From 9 May 2000
British School of Osteopathy
From 9 May 2000
College of Osteopaths
From 8 May 2001
European School of Osteopathy
From 9 May 2000
Leeds Beckett University
From 1 September 2007
London College of Osteopathic Medicine
From 9 May 2000
London School of Osteopathy
From 9 May 2000
Oxford Brookes University
From 1 October 2003
Surrey Institute of Osteopathic Medicine
From 1 January 2003
Swansea University
From 15 December 2011

Steve Jones

Steve Jones said:

Thanks for putting together this useful article!

Lottie Grist

Lottie Grist said:

Hi,

Great article, I’m sure its been very helpful for many Osteos looking to make the big move!

I am a UK Osteo working here in Oz. I have just started out on a 12 month working holiday visa and am now looking at getting a permanent visa. I know as well as the 187 there is also a sponsored employer nomination scheme visa (186) which im pretty sure is also permanent. Would you advise to go for the sponsorship option rather than the 187 visa if my employers are willing to sponsor me?

If you could get back to me via email that would be really great. Thanks a lot.

Matthew Abbott

Matthew Abbott said:

Hi there,

I’m currently trying to get all the information together to register with the AOA but I’m struggling to get my exact transcripts of all my college results for each module over the 4 years. What I’m asking is how much of a process is it to prove that I’m a registered osteopath here in the U.K. and graduated at the right time to go down the competent Pathway route with all my certificates (GOSC/graduation certificate etc) or are they very strict about needing exactly each bit of information to tick the boxes. I’d be very keen to chat with you as you’ve been through this process and I’d love to get into Australia to work in that beautiful city of Sydney! Many thanks for your help,

Matt

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