Speaker topics

Below are just some of the topics to be presented at the conference. Keynote addresses, workshops and panel discussions will be listed soon.

Speaker topics

  • International concern is growing about those at risk of multiple concussions and repetitive neurotrauma in sports. This lecture will provide the latest research on the signs and symptoms, the underlying physiology and neuropathology, and the first-hand lived experience of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and to inform Osteopathy pactitioners working with patients exposed to repetitive neurotrauma.Speakers: Keynote speaker Associate Professor Michael Buckland is joined by Professor Alan Pearce and Dr Andrea McIntyre (Osteopath).

  • In Australia, one in six people are aged 65 and older, with that number increasing in coming decades. The aged care system provides subsidised care and support for older adults. Hear from Dr Danielle Baxter (Osteopath) why the role and scope of osteopaths in aged care settings is unclear, prompting a need for research.

  • Anatomy plays a major role in osteopathic practice and forms a vital component of osteopathic education; however, little is known of anatomy education within osteopathic training. Dr Raymond Blaich (Osteopath) reveals the findings of a study conducted across osteopathic educational institutions in Australia and New Zealand which gathered information on anatomy within osteopathic education including class time dedicated to anatomy, anatomy teaching resources, anatomy teaching facilities, anatomy staffing qualifications, and staff to student ratios. 

  • Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms in long COVID. Hear the insight given by Ana Christina Certain Curi D.Sc on the study she conjointly undertook which compared the effectiveness of osteopathic manipulative treatment (TMO) associated with physiotherapy treatment (PT) compared to FT alone on fatigue and functional limitations two months post-randomization in adults with long COVID.

  • Inflammatory conditions of the lactating breast (ICLB) include mastitis, a common condition affecting 25% of lactating mothers. Pain associated with ICLB is a key reason for early cessation of breastfeeding. Hear Dr Roger Engel (Osteopath) talk about the consensus on treatment for ICLB including the role osteopathy could play in managing the condition.

  • The literature is relatively scarce on designing and reporting on case series studies for techniques/interventions or interventions that may be considered outside the medical model. Dr Michael Fleischmann (Osteopath) proposes a set of thirteen design attributes and an adapted checklist for consideration by clinicians when considering a case series design focused on a non-surgical intervention.

  • Join Joel Friedlaender, founder of Cliniko, to learn why data and digital security are crucial for regulatory best practice, compliance, and privacy in the health sector. Discover how AI can be your ally, not something to fear.

  • Hear from Associate Professor Gary Fryer on how the Australian Osteopathic identity has evolved greatly over the last century, but many are unaware of the profession’s history and role in shaping the present. There is widespread angst about the tension between traditional and modern models of practice, scope of practice, and where the profession is heading in the future.

  • Hear Dr Rudi Gerhardt (Osteopath) explain why our understanding of concussion is rapidly advancing, and more and more healthcare professionals are stepping up to address the needs of this patient population. This presentation aims to provide delegates with an understanding of the intricacies involved in diagnosing, assessing, and treating patients with post-concussion symptoms.

  • While the World Health Organisation recommends breastfeeding for the first six months after birth, many mothers stop breastfeeding in the first month reporting difficulty sucking as the primary reason. As feeding involves infant musculoskeletal tissue, Dr Kirsty Greenwood (Osteopath) talks about why musculoskeletal dysfunction may be a key reason why effective breastfeeding is not established.

  • Join us to hear from one of Australia’s leading experts on breast cancer trauma, Dr Amanda Hannaford (Osteopath). Discover why osteopathy is ideally suited to address side effects like scarring, cording, seroma, adhesions, and fibrous tissue changes, and learn about techniques that can help soften and unwind scarred tissues.

  • Join Dr Elizabeth Howard (Osteopath), an expert in pain management, as she discusses how neuroscience-based education and dual consults can improve patient outcomes for those with persistent pelvic pain.

  • Join Dr Don Hunter (Osteopath) as he explores the connection between shoulder function and thoracic posture. Discover how the osteopathic muscle energy technique (MET) to the thoracic spine can improve pain and disability in SIS patients compared to placebo.

  • Join Dr Sam Kayll (Osteopath) for an insightful presentation on how footwear and insoles can be low-burden treatments to alleviate patellofemoral pain. Discover the findings from a systematic review and meta-analysis on their impact on joint loads in adults with and without patellofemoral pain and osteoarthritis.

  • Active primitive reflexes have been found in the literature to be associated with a variety of paediatric developmental disorders, including ADHD, Autism, motor and learning deficits. Hear Dr Kylie McWhirter (Osteopath) talk about the study which explores the feasibility of primitive reflex assessment (PRA) as a useful and reli able clinical tool for assessing paediatric populations.

  • Most CPD curricula in healthcare across the world are content-based. However, recent evidence coming from several medical institutions advocate for a competency-based framework in CPD as the most effective means of fostering competence in health professionals. Italian physiotherapist and osteopath, Antonio Pilotto, has used his MSc in Medical Education to reveal the barriers and enablers that will impact this shift in the pursuit of CPD.

  • Delivering care to compensable patients adds layers of complexity to basic clinical care. Patients tend to be more distressed than those without a compensation claim and the administrative burden can be prohibitive. Dr Alison Sim (Osteopath) talks about the evidence behind why clinicians refusing to treat compensable patients is an emerging problem.

  • Join Dr Andrew Timos (Osteopath) to explore the latest concepts on knee valgus during dynamic movements and its relationship to PFPS. Learn about predisposing factors, biomechanical compensations, and rehabilitation techniques to improve lower limb positioning and reduce symptoms.

  • Join Dr Brett Wiener (Osteopath) to explore how allied health professionals can harness its therapeutic potential. Gain actionable insights and best practices to integrate medicinal cannabis into osteopathic practice confidently. Learn to bridge the gap between regulations and clinical applications, navigate access barriers, address patient equiries, and collaborate effectively in multidisciplinary teams.