Research Mentorship Program

The Research Pathways Mentorship Program seeks to promote, encourage, and support research culture and leadership in osteopathy. The Program will pair osteopaths interested in research (mentees) with established researchers (mentors) experienced in osteopathic research. The aim of the mentoring relationship is to facilitate the mentee's career development and research capabilities through access to one-on-one support from an experienced researcher. The Program would be beneficial to osteopathic clinicians who are new to or interested in including research in their career journey; and university students studying osteopathy who are interested in research. It will provide an opportunity for clinicians to seek guidance on potential research pathways, the transition from clinician to clinician-researcher or from novice/non-researcher to more experienced researcher, and guidance on participating in research and developing research ideas and questions.

Expressions of Interest (EOIs) now OPEN.

The Program will run for 12 months (between March 2024 and March 2025).
Exact start and end dates will be negotiated between participants and the program manager.

Eligibility (Mentees)

  • Mentees will be defined as practicing osteopaths who are not currently engaged in research activities or are new to research
  • Undergraduate osteopathy students interested in undertaking a research degree or being active in research after graduation are also eligible to apply. Preference will be given to final-year undergraduates

Eligibility (Mentors)

  • Must hold a research qualification (Master's and/or Doctorate) plus at least three years of research experience post-degree (ECR's welcome)
  • Must be affiliated with an Australian research institution/organisation
  • Must be engaged in research relevant to osteopathy
  • Can demonstrate their credentials as a leader or emerging leader in their field
  • Must have some track record of awards, grants, and/or recent publications

EOIs are open for both Mentors and Mentees.
Applications close on the 1st February 2024 at 5pm, AEDT.

Current mentees and mentors are welcome to apply for the upcoming round.

To apply, please read the information sheet and complete an expression of interest form. The EOI will ask about your specific interests, previous experience, and what you hope to gain from or contribute to the mentoring relationship.

Information Sheet 2023

Mentee Expression of Interest form

Mentor Expression of Interest form

For questions, please contact Shamona Eaves, Senior Research and Project Officer, Osteopathy Australia on 02 9410 0099 or via

Check out the video below for more information!

Our mentorship partners:

Osteopathic Research Alliance (ORA)

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Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ARCCIM)


Osteopathy Australia Research Mentoring Program