Research Strategy for Osteopathy Australia

As a professional association Osteopathy Australia is engaged in a diverse range of activities from membership information, continuing education and services to guideline and policy development or lobbying; however, all activities have an overarching goal to enhance and promote the profession. 

High quality university education and training provides academics, osteopathic practitioners and graduates who work in a variety of health care settings.  The research areas included in our research priorities needs to be equally broad and encompass clinical issues beyond technique or treatment efficacy. 

A description of clear priorities in research for Osteopathy Australia will inform the implementation of our research policy and the all future funding. In doing so, this ensures the direction of research supported by us is consistent with the broader aims of the Osteopathy Australia’s research strategy and supports the place of the osteopathy in higher education and health care.

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Research Aims

To facilitate research that benefits osteopathy by:

  • Enhancing and promoting the profession;

  • Embracing the complex reality of osteopathic practice;

  • Promoting rigorous and critical examination of practice;

  • Building understanding of osteopathy’s role and place in  the health system;

  • Developing research maturity within practitioners, researchers and academics; and,

  • Engaging osteopaths in research outcomes that would benefit practice, safety and/or effectiveness to facilitate best practice. 

Additionally, Osteopathy Australia will invest in research capacity building by:

  • Reviewing effective models of research engagement from other countries;

  • Encouraging better collaboration between researchers and practitioners;

  • Developing guidelines, training or workshops to build practitioner engagement with knowledge and skills in research; and

  • Investigating how osteopaths may commence a career pathway in research to and engaging the osteopathic community to increase awareness of opportunities.

Research Priorities

Whilst the overarching focus of our research priorities are osteopathy research, these have been placed in various sub-categories.

Broad Research Priorities

  • Contemporary osteopathic practice - examines facets of professional, contemporary osteopathic practice in the health care systems.

  • Treatment – examines clinical safety and effectiveness of osteopathic practice with approaches which respect the principles and philosophies underpinning osteopathy.

  • Clinical outcomes of osteopathic practice – what are measurable changes in health, wellness or quality of life that result from osteopathic care.

  • Osteopathy in the Australian health care system - understanding the osteopathy workforce, its role, and place within contemporary Australian health care.

  • Consumers, consumption, and utilisation – examines aspects of osteopathy utilisation by the healthcare consumers and the reasons why they attend.

Osteopathy Australia’s Support

Osteopathy Australia will investigate options to directly support research within our priority areas by (but not limited to):

  • Providing promotion and awareness raising of osteopathic research being completed within Australia and elsewhere;

  • Providing direct funding for research projects with osteopath involvement;

  • Calling for grant submissions;

  • Commissioning research projects;

  • Prioritising projects that utilise the infrastructure of ORION;

  • Working collaboratively with other on projects and funding; and,

  • Participating to support externally competitive funding applications, e.g. ARC Funding.

Additionally, we will work with key stakeholders and community to encourage participation in:

  • Lodging abstracts and applications to a structured and competitive Osteopathy Australia grants scheme;

  • Fostering research leadership in priority areas or to support budding researchers; and

  • Investigate options that increase supervision opportunities for involvement of osteopathy academics.

Osteopathy Australia Partners

We work with these complementary key organisations as an essential part
of providing high quality healthcare for Australians.

Guild Insurance
Worksafe ACT
Insurance Commission of WA
Pain Australia
SA Worksafe
NT Worksafe
VIC Worksafe
London College of Animal Osteopathy
Serenity HLP by Regal sleep
TAS Workcover
Better Pain Management
Workcover WA
Arthritis Australia
QLD Worksafe
Australasian College of Sport & Exercise Physicians
OPC Health
NSW Workcover
Brooks Shoes
Australian Osteopathic Accreditation Council
Associations Forum
Health Workforce Australia
Victoria University
Member Advantage
RMIT University
Wentworth Advantage
National Rural Health Alliance