Osteopathy Australia welcomes Julia Biernacki as the newest member of its Board of Directors. Julia will represent early-career osteopaths' interests and voices. Our strategic ability and goals have been enhanced with the appointment of a Director to represent our younger members.
Michelle Funder, President of Osteopathy Australia, said:
“We interviewed some exceptional early career osteopaths who not only met but exceeded our rigorous selection criteria. All candidates showcased unwavering dedication to giving back to the osteopathy profession through active involvement with Osteopathy Australia, educational contributions and outstanding professionalism.
“We are incredibly excited to welcome Julia to the team of directors. Her presence greatly reinforces our commitment to enhancing diversity and representation among our early career osteopaths. Prioritising the support and advancement of our early career members remains a fundamental pillar in our strategic mission."
Julia Biernacki, a dedicated and forward-thinking osteopath with nearly three years of experience in Melbourne, joins our Board with knowledge and a deep commitment to the profession. Julia has not only excelled in clinical practice but has also actively engaged with the younger osteopathic community and allied health disciplines.
Furthermore, Julia has contributed to Board discussions in her position as a Member of the Program Advisory Committee for Physiotherapy at Victoria University. In this capacity, Julia has effectively represented the voices of young allied health professionals, ensuring that their perspectives and aspirations influence university programs.
In Julia’s own words:
"I am honoured to be part of an organisation that plays a pivotal role in shaping the future of osteopathy in Australia.
“My primary passion lies in connecting with and helping people- it’s what first drew me to osteopathy. With a background in psychology, I am dedicated to connecting with and assisting patients, students, colleagues and others around me. My personal journey, including being diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis in my early months as an osteopath, has inspired me to advocate for the importance of the hands-off aspect of osteopathy, addressing physical and mental well-being, improving ergonomics and fostering community connections. This lived experience underscores the significance of addressing these issues for all early-career osteopaths.
“I have a clear vision, backed up with a commitment to the advancement of osteopathy. I look forward to collaborating with fellow Directors, Osteopathy Australia staff and our membership to drive the profession forward, while ensuring that the needs and aspirations of young osteopaths are not only heard but actively addressed.”
The Osteopathy Australia Board and team eagerly anticipate the positive influence Julia will bring to the association.
Read more about Julia and the Board here.