In Australia, registered Osteopaths are legally permitted to use the title ‘Dr’ when the word Osteopath appears after the name of the practitioner. So I would be Dr Anne Cooper OAM RN DO MMedHum, Osteopath.

However many of us choose to not use the title, simply because it can be confusing for patients and other health professionals. It may suggest that we are medical doctors, or it may indicate that the Osteopath has a PhD (actually there are many osteopaths who hold PhD’s.)

It’s the right of any Osteopath to use the title ‘Dr’, but those of us who don’t are proud and grateful to be Osteopaths, and don’t want to contribute to any confusion.