Although most people decide to consult with a certain health practitioner because of a positive story from a friend, colleague, or family member, there are specific laws in Australia that prohibit registered health professionals from publishing such feedback from patients.
Section 133 of the National Law says: A person must not advertise a regulated health service or a business that provides a regulated health service, in a way that — (c) uses testimonials or purported testimonials about the service or business;
The main reason for this is to avoid circumstances where someone may develop an unrealistic expectation about the treatment results they might receive: just because one person got a particular result, doesn’t mean everyone can expect the same result.
However, the law doesn’t stop people talking or writing about how a practitioner may or may not have helped them. There are a few places online where people do write about their experiences with osteopaths and other health practitioners.