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.

Working conditions

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.

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