Osteopathy grows 48% in 2 years across Australia

Recent reports show that osteopathy is one of the fastest growing health disciplines in Australia.

According to the Private Health Insurance Administration Council (PHIAC) – A government body, the number of people choosing to visit an Osteopath has increased by 48% over the last two years. As a comparison, other manual practitioners such as Chiropractic and Physiotherapy increased by only 7% and 11% respectively during this time period. The popularity of Osteopathy  appears to be incrementally increasing.

Osteopathy grows 48% in 2 years across Australia Source: PHIAC June 2012

Osteopathy is Australia’s Fastest Growing Health Profession

Delving further into the available statistics, we find that the popularity of Osteopathy has been increasing for quite some time. Below is a chart showing that osteopathy treatments have increased 270% since 2005. When comparing this to all other modalities, Osteopathy is easily in the lead by a considerable margin.

Osteopathy has increased 270% in 7 years – far outpacing other health professions
Source: PHIAC

Where Are These Statistics From?

These industry statistics are publicly available via the PHIAC website. The Private Health Insurance Administration Council (PHIAC) is an independent Government organisation that oversees and regulates the private health insurance industry. It gathers information from all funds and all payments that are made through ‘extras’ or ancillary payments.

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