Research Aims and Priorities
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 healthcare settings. The research areas included in our research priorities need 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 all future funding. In doing so, this ensures the direction of research supported by us is consistent with the broader aims of Osteopathy Australia’s research strategy and supports the place of osteopathy in higher education and healthcare.
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
- 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
- Investigating how osteopaths may commence a career pathway in research to and engaging the osteopathic community to increase awareness of opportunities
While the overarching focus of our research priorities is 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 healthcare systems.
- Treatment – examines clinical safety and effectiveness of osteopathic practice with approaches that 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 use – examines the use of osteopathy by 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 use the infrastructure of ORION
- Working collaboratively with others on projects and funding
- Participating to support externally competitive funding applications (e.g., ARC Funding).
Additionally, we will work with key stakeholders and the 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 supporting budding researchers
- Investigate options that increase supervision opportunities to involve osteopathy academics.