Osteopathy Australia Editorial and Education Advisory Group
The Editorial and Education Advisory Group leads and supports the development of the editorial and education content for Osteopathy Australia's member magazine, Osteo Life, as well as our webinars, eLearning and educational program.
Claire Richardson (Chair)
Claire is director of Chadstone Region Osteopathy and an Advanced Practice Pain Management Osteopath (tertiary). She has been involved with Osteopathy Australia's Communications Committee for five years, acting as Chair for the past two years.
Claire is passionate about evidence-informed practice, pain science and integration of osteopathy into the wider medical community. She believes that osteopathy is well-positioned to adapt to the current best-practice model of care, involving multidisciplinary teams aimed at providing biopsychosocial care for patients.
With the emergence of Clinical Practice Groups and Advanced Practice Osteopaths, Claire believes that we have a variety of highly qualified professional voices whose expertise we can draw on for specialised osteo-specific knowledge.
Claire is excited to be involved in the planning of high-quality CPD, and is particularly looking forward to be working with the team to streamline the processes involved in content procurement for Osteo Life, resulting in a publication that our members can benefit from.
Casey has a drive and passion for learning and in collaborating and fine-tuning systems, processes and tools for learning for herself and within her clinic, Resilient Health, in Adelaide. She completed a bachelor of health science with three majors (physiology, pathology, neuroscience) before her osteopathic study and continues to read and learn across a broad range into her 11th year in our industry (@resilient_health_reads). She is in the final stages of a project to help celebrate the uniqueness of our osteopaths and to highlight the importance of collaboration and access to a broad range of mentors in the evolution of osteopathy.
Casey hopes that her role on this Advisory Group will Osteopathy Australia to develop tools and strategies to support clinic owners and sole practitioners alike in accessing learning relevant to their needs and looks forward to bringing her energy and love for learning to others in the profession.
Melissa McDougall is Director and Senior Osteopath at Growing Bones, and has been recently awarded the title Advanced Paediatric Osteopath by Osteopathy Australia.
Melissa completed a Diploma in Paediatric Osteopathy in the UK in 2011, and established Growing Bones in 2013. Her experiences working with families over the past 11 years has lead to Melissa striving for three things for the profession:
Practical research, evidence-based practice and patient management for paediatric, pregnancy and post-natal presentations.
The emergence of practical hands-on training in paediatrics for osteopaths in Australia to complement the extensive, high-quality online courses and information available.
Following the points above, improved understanding of osteopathy by other health professionals, and integration of osteopaths in ‘mainstream' medicine.
These are big dreams for the profession, but Melissa hopes being part of Osteopathy Australia’s Education and Advisory Committee will be the first step!
Sally obtained her osteopathic qualifications from Victoria University and has also completed research in Biomedicine at Monash. Her practice has led to collaborative work alongside renowned orthopaedic surgeons in India, university lecturing and community health promotion. Sally works with patients of all ages including pregnancy and paediatric populations and manages athletes of all performance levels across multiple sporting codes.
Sally will bring a unique educational perspective to the committee and help identify learning gaps within the profession for continual growth at tertiary and postgraduate levels.
Since graduating from Victoria University in 2003 with a bachelor of clinical science and master’s in health science (osteopathy), Heath has had a varied career in the health and wellbeing space, including teaching roles in exercise rehabilitation, ergonomics and clinical education. Heath has worked extensively in the occupational health and safety industry, firstly with Health Response UK in London and now with Corporate Work Health Australia. He is experienced in the fields of office and vehicle ergonomics, tasks analysis, manual handling risk assessment training.
Heath is one of Osteopathy Australia's advanced occupational health osteopaths (vocational).
Heath is looking forward to providing Osteopathy Australia members and other key stakeholders education and communications content that will add to and further enhance our standing in the health community.