Opening doors in osteotherapy

A VU graduate, Dr Eliza Gleadell runs her own osteopathic clinic in Melbourne’s bayside, and has a strong preference for employing VU graduates.

“My greatest achievement so far would be opening The Osteo Clinic Sandringham five years ago, with another osteopath. We currently employ four osteopaths, a myotherapist, two clinical pilates instructors, and three receptionists. Two of my receptionists are current VU osteopathic students and the two osteopaths both studied at VU.

Not only did VU equip me with the skills to become a good osteopath, I’ve continually been provided with support, even to this day. I teach at the uni two days a week - running practical subjects, supervising the student osteopathic clinic, and lecturing. I’ve also been able to undertake my Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education part time while working in my clinic full time. I certainly wouldn’t be where I am today without VU.

During my studies at VU, I spent three years working in the student osteopathic clinic as well as completing external hours outside of university, observing osteopaths in practice. It gave me great insight into the profession, different treatments, and the inner workings of a clinic. Through the VU student osteopathic clinic I gained a huge amount of clinical, hands-on experience with real patients from the general public, whilst being supported by registered osteopaths.

Having completed the course myself, I can safely say that VU graduates are definitely my preference for employment. I know I am guaranteed to get a competent graduate who has all the attributes required to be a successful osteopath.”

Industry snapshot

Australia has seen an increase from approximately 300 registered osteopaths ten years ago, to almost 2000 today. Statistically speaking, osteopathy is the fastest growing health profession in the country. Demand for osteopath services is expected to increase as the public becomes more aware of what the profession has to offer.