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Presenter Bios & Abstracts

Prof David Nicholls PhD, MA, GradDip, MPNZ, SFHEA

Dave Nicholls is a Professor of Critical Physiotherapy in the School of Clinical Sciences at AUT University in Auckland, New Zealand.  He is a physiotherapist, lecturer, researcher and writer, with a passion for critical thinking in and around the physical therapies.  Dave is the founder of the Critical Physiotherapy Network (CPN), an organisation that promotes the use of cultural studies, education, history, philosophy, sociology, and a range of other disciplines in the study of the profession’s past, present and future.  He is also co-founder of the International Physiotherapy History Association (IPHA) Executive, and founding Executive member of the Environmental Physiotherapy Association (EPA). David’s own research work focuses on the philosophy, sociology, and critical history of physiotherapy, and considers how physiotherapy might need to adapt to the changing economy of health care in the 21st century.  He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, many as first author.  His first book – The End of Physiotherapy (Routledge, 2017) – was the first book-length critical history of the profession. A second sole-authored book – Physiotherapy Otherwise – was published in early 2022 as a free pdf/eBook (available from He was co-editor on the first collection of critical physiotherapy writings – Manipulating Practices (Cappelen Damm, 2018) – and was the lead editor for the follow-up – Mobilising Knowledge (Routledge, 2020). He is also very active on social media, writing weekly on contemporary critical physiotherapy issues. In early 2023 he established a new site specialising in post-critical healthcare ( He has taught in physiotherapy programmes in the UK and New Zealand for over 30 years and has presented his work around the world. 

Title: The end of the professions: What will the post-professional era mean for osteopathy?


Abstract: All of the professions are entering a post-professional era in which they will play are much more marginal role in the organisation off health care than they have done in the past. The health professions have been saved from the kinds of disruption that has affected areas like banking, journalism, manufacturing, public administration, travel and tourism, but change is certainly coming, and the turn in recent decades towards consumer healthcare, the atomisation of the body, and global digital disruption, all point to the fact that we are entering perhaps the most turbulent time in the history of the healthcare professions. 

Central to the disruption to come will be a dramatic shift in the role that established professions like osteopathy play in the future of healthcare. Governments and publics around the world are looking to the health professions to point the way, but osteopathy, like many Western healthcare professions, is only now waking up to the need for it to think beyond the body-as-machine. And never before has a working knowledge of sociology and philosophy been more important, because osteopathy faces a difficult existential question: does it want to remain the same and risk being marginalised in a post-professional world, or does it want to remain relevant but potentially lose the identity and prestige it has worked so hard to obtain? In this talk, I will explain what post-professionalism means, why it’s a real and pressing issue, what health professions like osteopathy are already doing about it, why most of these responses are ill-advised, and suggest some radical alternatives.

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Paul Lagerman

Paul Lagerman is a Physiotherapist and Clinical Advisor for APM Workcare in NZ. He is also widely known as The Naked Physio through his interactions on social media and his writing on his blog site by the same name.

He began his career in the U.K. as a Sports Therapist in the mid-1990s working in a variety of settings including semi-professional football, physiotherapy and chiropractic clinics. He advanced his career into physiotherapy, which led to a specific focus in pain management and working in this field within the National Health Service. Having spent 5 years working in the NHS Paul emigrated to New Zealand, and over the last 10 years has settled and enjoys the kiwi way of life. 

His main role, a clinical advisor, involves the mentoring, supervision and support of clinicians throughout New Zealand. He is also involved in strategic change and innovation within the company, with a focus on improving organisational systems and streamlining clinical care. Paul also works in a consultancy role, working with people with complex pain conditions.

Since arriving in New Zealand, Paul has taught his Know Pain course, invited and organised international tutors to New Zealand to deliver courses, spoken at various conferences within New Zealand and Internationally, and has embarked in further study.  In his spare time, he enjoys DIY, fishing, competing in various events around New Zealand and loves nothing more than getting out into his garden and reap the rewards of home grown Kai.

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Dr Karen Faisandier

Dr Karen Faisandier (DClinPsych) is a clinical psychologist and founder of The Integrative Practice; a holistic psychology service she has run in Wellington, New Zealand, since 2016.

Dr Karen’s innovative service integrates psychological, nutritional and lifestyle strategies into a practical recovery framework for adults experiencing mental health concerns resulting from chronic stress, anxiety and overwhelm. 

Dr Karen enjoys lifelong learning focused on nutrition, integrative medicine, and holistic mental health. In addition to her psychology degrees from Massey University (BA Psych (Hons); DClinPsych) she has completed postgraduate modules with the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM). She is also a full member of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists and the Australasian Integrative Medicine Association and keeps up to date with the research in psychological science and integrative medicine. 

She is passionate about educating and inspiring the public about health and well-being through her work with Project Revive - an online health hub she officially founded in 2021. Project Revive shares articles, courses and resources to support mental health and well-being.

Dr Karen’s vision for Project Revive is to promote an empowered approach to lasting health and enable people to achieve calm, energised and connected lives. She hopes to inspire people about their health and ultimately to shape a healthier, happier world.


Title: How are you doing? Practical tools to restore wellbeing after chronic stress.


Being alive in 2023 means we’ve collectively been through (or are still living in) a marathon state of long-term stress rather than the short sprints and periods of rest that the human stress response is more suited to. This applies to patients but also to you as the health professional who is helping people out of stress and ill health. Health professionals tend to be caring givers - but it’s hard to give well when you are depleted yourself. This can lead to the trifecta of burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma. This workshop will differentiate these concepts and help you identify whether any of these might apply for you. Various tools and resources will be explored to help you restore your wellbeing, future-proof yourself from the effects of stress, and equip you to best help your patients in our changing world.

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Ben Darlow

Ben Darlow is a musculoskeletal physiotherapy specialist practising in Wellington and an Associate Professor in the Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice at the University of Otago Wellington. Ben’s key research interests are the assessment and measurement of health beliefs about common musculoskeletal conditions, understanding how these beliefs have been influenced and the impact that these have on well-being, and designing, testing, and implementing interventions to improve knowledge, health care delivery, and outcomes. Ben has also led research exploring interprofessional education.

Title: Moving the journey forward: using the patient story to understand their past and co-construct their future

People’s understanding of their health and their heath conditions is built on information and experiences that they have gained over time. This understanding informs their thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. 


Explanations provided by health professionals have a key influence on people’s understanding of back and neck pain, what the likely outcome will be, and what they should do about it. These have the potential to positively, or negatively, affect the person.


This presentation will discuss: 

  • The different types of evidence available to inform explanations about back and neck pain and how these can be explored. 

  • Opportunities to seek new evidence that may help to resolve areas of uncertainty or inconsistency.  

  • Ways to integrate evidence to build meaningful explanations that empower good health and participation outcomes. 


Patient case studies will demonstrate how this process can be used in the clinic.

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Rosie Greene

Rosie Greene is a teacher, registered massage therapist and became a certified instructor for the Barral Institute in 2015 .  She runs the Barral Institute in New Zealand and is passionate about sharing the work of Jean-Pierre Barral with other practitioners. 


She has completed extensive professional development through courses offered by the Barral Institute in New Zealand, Australia and the USA. Her studies have included training in Visceral, Vascular and Neural Manipulation, Manual Articular techniques, as well as CranioSacral Therapy with the Upledger Institute. 


Rosie has had a busy private practice since graduating in 2002.   She considers it a privilege to treat a wide variety of patients and uses the evaluation principles and techniques of Jean-Pierre Barral every day in her clinic.


She continues to undertake post graduate study and this includes a special interest in the dissection programme.

Topic: The Patient Journey - What are we missing?

We all have patients who puzzle us. We use our knowledge and toolbox gathered over the years of being in practice and yet no matter what we do, we do not seem to be able to make a lasting change for these patients. Perhaps it is time to dive back into the anatomy to understand the links between the body as a whole? How does the liver relate to the right shoulder, the kidneys, to psoas or the gall bladder, to cervical range of motion? For Jean Pierre Barral, the answer is in the anatomy. Come and explore this with me through a range of images and videos, some of which have been taken during


Sarah Dryburgh

Sarah has been practicing as an Osteopath for over a decade and treated hundreds of people with
endometriosis and pelvic pain. A Unitec graduate, she has a long-term interest in chronic pain
conditions. She has completed extensive additional training in pain and a variety of women’s health

Her CPD course ‘The Endo Enigma’ was created in collaboration with her colleague Rebecca Malon. The training arose from an appreciation for how Osteopathy's whole-person approach might help so many people. Endometriosis patients frequently overlook the physical body beyond the pelvic floor, uterus, and endometrial lesions.
Sarah believes that Osteopaths are in a unique position to assist our patients in reconnecting with their bodies. Osteopaths can assist their patients in understanding their body’s inherent self-healing
capabilities. This understanding can be used alone or in conjunction with more traditional therapies to enhance the quality of life of people with Endometriosis.
Sarah runs her own clinic, Pivot Osteopathy in Brisbane, and teaches in the University of Queensland's Biomedical Sciences Department. She is also a member of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine and holds a fellowship in Lifestyle Medicine.

Endometriosis: Applying Osteopathic principles and practices to enhance the patient journey
 What is endometriosis really?
 What is the role of the Osteopath in supporting people with endometriosis?
o Pain and allostasis
o Osteopathic treatment models
 How can Osteo
paths contribute to the creation of a positive patient journey?
o Language and communication
o Consent
o Supporting our patient to tell their WHOLE story/understand their symptoms
o Other factors e.g. room set
 Self-care tips for Endo patients

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Ruth Troughton

Ruth Troughton is a Physiotherapist with over 25 years clinical experience, more than half of which has been in mental health, including a role as Clinical Leader Physiotherapy in the Specialist Mental Health Service, Canterbury (2014-2020). In 2021 Ruth established a private practice clinic – Te Whakamana Oranga (enabling/empowering wellbeing) - where she works with children, adolescents and adults with mental health conditions and physical symptoms.  Ruth is passionate about the neurobiology of mental health and trauma, a holistic model of care based on Te Whare Tapa Wha, and empowering people to live life.

Workshop: Working with the impacts of trauma: a somatic perspective


In this workshop we will discuss some of the neurobiological impacts of trauma and implications for somatic practitioners, including clinical examples and practical tools.

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Gary Fryer

Gary Fryer is an Associate Professor and Course Chair in Osteopathy at Victoria University,
urne, Australia. Gary completed his osteopathic training in 1990 and practiced osteopathy in
Melbourne, Brisbane, and rural Victoria. Gary has been extensively involved in osteopathic
education and research. His research interests have been diverse and include the reliability of
palpation, the use of osteopathic techniques by the international profession, the biomechanical
effects of spinal manipulation, and the neurophysiological mechanisms of manipulative treatment.
Gary has been an advocate of an evidence-informed approach to teaching and practicing osteopathy. After completing his PhD in 2007, Gary moved to Kirksville, Missouri, for a two-year
period where he conducted research with the A.T. Still Research Institute and taught osteopathic
manipulative medicine at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has authored over 60
articles in peer-reviewed journals, many book chapters, and has been an invited speaker at
osteopathic conferences in Australia, the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, Korea and Brazil.

Title: Extending the Reach of Osteopathic Care 

Osteopathic practice has typically been delivered in isolated, siloed, private practice settings. As the osteopathic profession grows and matures, there is a need to broaden its reach and engage in collaborative, interprofessional practice for better integration within the national health care system. This presentation examines ways of broadening the reach of osteopathy, of promoting collaborative practice, and the importance of undergraduate interprofessional education, evidence-based practice and using modern concepts and language to interprofessional practice.

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Rachel Klaver

Rachel Klaver is a content marketing coach specializing in working with small business owners to build a strong and growing business using content marketing. She helps small business owners learn practical skills, builds confidence in them to “show up” and teaches that sales and marketing is about building authority and trust, rather than being pushy or manipulative. 
She has a particular interest in helping professionals in the allied health space as while there’s already an authenticity there, there is often a big gap in understanding how to market your business, which once fixed, can help your business thrive. 

Title: Why selling is an act of service as an Osteo 

Imagine your client presents themselves with an issue that you know will need more than two or three sessions to resolve. You’re worried that saying that they will need at least six will sound pushy. They just want you to fix them.

In this session we look at how to change our mindset from “sales is all about the money and it’s not part of my professional life” to “Selling to meet a need is an act of service.”

We’ll talk about how to frame sales from a professional viewpoint, how to help people be prepared to come back, and how to improve the rebook rate for the benefit of the client (and your practice)

Workshop: Google Business - why it’s a must for your Osteo Practice

One of the most powerful marketing tools for your practice is completely free. Find out how to best use a Google Business page to help people find you locally. Learn what it needs to include, how to optimize the page, and what you need to do to keep it current. 

We’re going to break down the very simple steps you need to take, and look at how to help your practice be found easily by local people needing your services right away

Plus you’ll get access to a list of free directories you can list your clinic on, to help your website/ clinic be found more easily on google


David Moor

David Moor has been in clinical practice for more than 40 years, having graduated from the NSW College of Osteopathy in 1978. He completed the foreign doctors training course in acupuncture at Nanjing College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China in 1982, and completed a Master of Clinical Practice degree in 1991. He is registered by Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency as both an Osteopath and a Chinese Medicine Practitioner, Acupuncturist.

He served as the osteopathic representative on the NSW Chiropractors and Osteopaths Registration Board from 1991 to 1998. David has been involved in the development of undergraduate and postgraduate osteopathic programs at several Australian universities and has a long history as an educator in this field.

Workshop: How to Treat and Master Tendinopathies with Shockwave Therapy – an interactive workshop

Join us for an exclusive workshop with renowned Australian Osteopath, David Moor. David will provide a scientifically proven model for assessing and managing Tendinopathies. While tendinopathy can be persistent and resistant to treat, research suggests that traditional treatment modalities such as corticosteroid injections and NSAIDS are not the most effective treatment options as little or no inflammation is present in these injuries. Shockwave Therapy is a safe, effective, and scientifically proven treatment modality to help your patients recover from tendinopathy and recover quickly.


What will I learn?

-Learn the scientific approaches to the assessment and management of patients with tendinopathy
-Develop skills, knowledge and strategies to allow you to successfully identify and manage tendinopathies including a number of presentations that are frequently overlooked or misdiagnosed
-The role of shockwave therapy in the management and recovery of tendon pain and how to avoid misdiagnosis
-The business of shockwave therapy – learn how to use shockwave therapy as a revenue generating modality and generate revenue quickly

Why should I attend?

You’ll get a taste of shockwave therapy through a combination of short presentations and hands-on practice with ample opportunity to ask questions. David will show his personal case studies and highlight how you can put what you learn into action immediately.

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Dr Nick Penney

Title: The patients’ journey towards persistent pain, Do we help or hinder?


Chronic pain and pain related disease remain the leading cause of disability, and disease burden globally, with 

Low back and neck pain being the leading causes of disability internationally. World-wide, the burden caused by chronic pain is escalating, and whilst we attribute pain to an injury or a disease it also now considered as a condition in its own right. Chronic pain, therefore, has both its own taxonomy and definition.

In the event the profession remains ignorant or ignores this taxonomy in favour of historical osteopathic knowledge, could we unwittingly be contributing to the patients burden of chronic pain and disability?

The presentation will review the biopsychosocial model, taxonomy and definition of chronic pain and relate it to osteopathic practice.


Workshop: 7 questions to ask patients in pain, an evidence-based approach


Case histories can often be long and complex, as we seek to understand our patient’s lived experience in a time efficient manner.

This workshop introduces 7 questions in two short screening questionnaires. They potentially provide a quick biopsychosocial insight into the patients' sensory and emotional experience of pain, and help tailor treatment to the needs of our patients.

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Glynis Fox

Glynis qualified from UCO (formally BSO) in 1997. She has been in private practice since graduating, first working in London, then as a locum in practices across the UK, before she settled in Edinburgh, where she is currently principal Osteopath in a central Edinburgh practice. She has been a coach and mentor for her junior colleagues for over fifteen years. She has been involved in the iO mentoring platform since it's pilot scheme in 2017. She has an interest in leadership in health, mentoring, professional support and working in general practice with people who have persistent pain. 


Glynis focuses her leadership on community, bring our profession together, encouraging greater collaboration and support between established osteopaths, and greater guidance to newer graduates, so that every osteopath, no matter what their experience, have the support they need throughout their career. She is currently President of the institute of Osteopathy.

Title: Discover the rewarding world of mentoring

An introduction to the iO mentoring platform : The first matching platform to offer osteopaths the opportunity to network with each other to offer support. Mentors offer to work free of charge with colleagues on this exciting platform set up in the UK and now open to Osteopaths in New Zealand. Hear about how the platform works, the benefits of signing up as a mentor and as a mentee. Mentoring can have many benefits, from developing skills and improving performance to providing a fantastic stepping-stone to reach the goals you set for yourself. Both satisfying and rewarding, mentoring can be a tool to boost your career both as a mentor or a mentee, at any stage of your career, it is also a legitimate form of CPD.


Workshop: The rewarding world of mentoring


Mentoring can have many benefits, from developing skills and improving performance to providing a fantastic stepping-stone to reach the goals you set for yourself. Both satisfying and rewarding, mentoring can be a tool to boost your career both as a mentor or a mentee, at any stage of your career, it is also a legitimate form of CPD. Join Glynis Fox at this session which will be an opportunity to develop your mentoring skills or try some out for the first time. The session is for both mentors and mentees who would like to build on their mentoring experience.

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