What they do
Chiropractors diagnose and treat patients by triggering the body’s recuperative abilities to assist with health problems related to the nervous and skeletal systems – without resorting to drugs or surgery. They would research a patient's details, carry out a physical examination and use and interpret diagnostic images, such as x-rays, before attempting to adjust a patient’s spine.
Chiropractors generally work standard business hours, Monday to Friday. However, evening or weekend work may also be required. Most chiropractors work in an office environment, typically within a school, hospital, nursing home or community centre. Some chiropractors do go into private practice.
Tools and technologies
Chiropractors need to be able to read x-rays and other diagnostic test results. They may also need to be able to use ultrasound equipment.
How do I become one?
Education and training
To become a chiropractor, you need to study an accredited degree in chiropractic science at university.
Murdoch University offers a five-year double bachelors degree: Bachelor of Science in Chiropractic Science and Bachelor of Clinical Chiropractic to become an accredited chiropractor.
Contact Murdoch university for further information.
Required registration and licensing
To work as a chiropractor in Western Australia, you will need to obtain registration from the Chiropractic Board of Australia.