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Liria Papa

Liria Papa DO BSc Ost - graduated in 2002 from the Istituto Superiore di Osteopatia (ISO) in Milan by University of Wales. 

From 2007 she became a coordinator, teacher and researcher at International College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) and co-wrote the ICOM research protocols that are implemented at Bassini Hospital.

As the Coordinator of European Research Center of Osteopathic Medicine (ERCOM), she published two papers concerning quality of life and osteopathic treatment, and participated to several international congress. 

Based on her practice experience, she developed a teaching method, which drive students from the Osteopathic Principles supported by scientific literature, to understand the patient and his demands. From 2017, the ICOM Malta Higher Education Institution asked her to develop the teaching and learning strategies as Quality Manager of BSc (Hons) Osteopathy programme.


Phil Austin

Phil Austin B.Sc (Hons), M.Sc, Ph.D - an osteopath and postdoctoral research fellow, who holds a PhD in pain medicine.


Phil’s research interests include self-report measures assessing levels of central pain processing and the analgesic effects of virtual reality in people with spinal cord injury pain and cancer pain.


Phil also work as an academic tutor for the Masters' postgraduate degree program in Pain Management at The University of Sydney and is the author of “Chronic Pain: A Resource for Effective Manual Therapy”

Andrew Terry

Andrew is an osteopath, personal trainer, sports massage therapist and rehab coach.


While running successful clinics in London, he won the Institute of Osteopathy’s Community of Practice award in 2020 as a part of a team for helping MSK professionals deliver high-quality virtual consultations for their patients.


After recently moving to New Zealand, Andrew now works as an Osteopath and as a coach for Osteohustle. 



Marcus Ferreira BSc (Hons) - graduated in 1995 from the European School of Osteopathy and has practice in the South Island for over 20 years.


He has taught at a  post graduate level in NZ for the last 10 years and has been involved in clinic tutoring at ARA for the last three years.


Jamie Taylor

Jamie Taylor MSc - graduated from the European School of Osteopathy 1994 and completed his MSc in Osteopath 2005.


Jamie Taught for the ESO undergraduate program in pediatrics and Indirect technique for 10 years and within Europe for 8 years - mainly in Spain, Norway and Sweden. He has been teaching in NZ and Australia extensively since his return to NZ in 2005.

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Brian Freeman

Brian is an anatomist, initially studying Science at the University of Sydney, majoring in mathematics and physiology and receiving the university medal in physiology.


In 1974 he was appointed temporary lecturer in anatomy at the University of NSW, where he carried out research in neuro-anatomy, obtaining his PhD in 1978. In 1984, after coming across the then little-known œuvre of the embryologist Erich Blechschmidt (1904–1992), he stopped experimenting on animals and changed his research field to the study of normal human embryos, interpreted through the lens of biomechanics.


A fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and Study Leave from UNSW allowed him the opportunity to examine embryos in museums in USA and Europe, including the Blechschmidt Collection in Göttingen.

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Rosie Greene is a teacher, registered massage therapist and became a certified instructor for the Barral Institute in 2015.  She teaches various levels of the visceral and neural manipulation curriculum for the Institute both in New Zealand and internationally and is passionate about sharing this work with other practitioners.  


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.


Liria Papa

Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment in a multidisciplinary approach to Cardiovascular Disease patients

The Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) could be helpful in a multidisciplinary rehabilitation context in Cardiovascular Diseases (CVD), but how?

The osteopathic management of CVD patient analyses how the body adaptive adjustments are involved in cardiovascular (CV) dysfunction and how they contribute to the allostatic overload sustaining the disease. Biomechanical models of osteopathic examination support the identification of Somatic Dysfunctions (SDs) relation across the whole body. Observation and assessment of postural adjustments are helpful to recognise primary and secondary influences among SDs, distinguishing posture and movements in CVD patients. The goal is the recognition of the functional demands of adaptive responses. Base on the previous skills, a reasoned OMT should be elaborated focusing on the decrease of allostatic overload, improving posture and movement abilities, and the increase of perception of well-being of patient. 

Phil Austin

Pain, Mood and Guts, a Biopsychosocial Issue?

In this presentation I will first briefly review the psychological, social and environmental risk factors and comorbidities associated with chronic visceral pain. 

Second, I will review pain mechanisms associated with the brain-gut axis, followed by a presentation of current understanding regarding the impact of negative social and psychological environments on the HPA axis and gut microbiome. 

Finally, I will present and discuss the effects of an altered or dysbiotic microbiome on the onset and persistence of pain, mood and personality disorders.

Andrew Terry

Branding: Connect To Patients; Control Your Career

Connect with your local community to become the go-to clinic in your area with branding. Branding is more than a name and a logo; it visually separates you from your competition while giving you purpose and drive by identifying your 'why'. Why being treated by you is different from any other osteopath. Would you like to connect to your community and show them how it feels to be treated by you before they even enter your clinic? Learn how in 60 minutes.

Jamie Taylor & Marcus Ferreira

Exploring Direct & Indirect treatment styles

Jamie Taylor Indirect practical application

 As undergraduate programs have changed over the last 10 years much debate has arisen over best practice and traditional ideas of manual therapy theory and application. Many new graduates and more traditionally trained osteopaths may have never seen practitioners working side by side utilizing both Indirect/function/cranial style with a more direct/structural style. In a relaxed and informal way Marcus and Jamie will explore both sides of the osteopathic tradition and styles showing how versatile and useful  both are and the validity of potential utilizing both within a treatment session. 

Region Thorax/Ribs/T diaphragm

Indirect Sitting rib release.

Indirect supine Rib release.

BLT  Thoracic spine.

Indirect A/P release mediastinum/pericardium/anterior C fascia/ T diaphragm


Marcus Ferreira Direct application.

Direct rib raising. Prone/side-lying.

Direct  rib spring. supine

Sternal recoil supine.

Thoracic articulation side lying .

T Diaphragm Dome, sitting.

Dog HVT supine.


Jamie Taylor

An introduction and refresh on unsettled infant, case history skills, assessment and technique.

FGIDS Theory and practical session.

Why we don’t use terminology like Colic and trapped wind anymore, what is FGIDS?


Update on infant unsettled/colic/wind.

Management  strategies  Unsettled Infants. Jelly on a plate, pendulum, cigar roll, ventral bungee and paddle winding. Why use these? Why teach these to parents? Lack of basic parenting skills with help empowers parents.

Current advice about establishing  sleep/feeding/settling routine for early newborn infant. Breastfeeding Mums and eating, supplements are they useful if so what to recommend, use of pre and probiotics why is this considered best practice..

Umbilical/peritoneal Indirect release.

Brian Freeman

Connection: a consequence of metabolism and outside–inside differentiation during ontogeny.

Ontogeny (development of an individual) presupposes ongoing metabolism and external stimulus. Ontogeny starts with fertilization: from then on, the environment, the nature and extent of metabolism in the conceptus and the types of stimuli vary throughout the life of the individual. At all stages, connections are forged between the environment, the cells, cellular ensembles, organs, fluids and other extracellular components of the individual. This connectivity will be illustrated by examples in human embryos and fetuses. A corollary of this way of looking at ontogeny is that there are no anatomical or physiological ‘systems’ in the human body and that treating the body as though it were composed of ‘systems’ isolatable from one another and from the environment impedes our capacity to comprehend the whole.

Rosie Greene

Visceral manipulation - an exploration of fascial connections, visceral articulations and organ axis of motion.

During this presentation we will explore the fascinating work of Jean Pierre Barral to understand why restrictions in organ movement patterns have a direct impact on the musculoskeletal system.  These restrictions, often caused by trauma, surgery or inflammation, can result in altered body mechanics and frequently contribute to the resulting pain our patients present with. 


Highlighted will be anatomical relationships such as the liver to the right shoulder, the kidneys to psoas,  the colon to the ribs and the importance of the gliding of the pleura and peritoneum.  Understanding the anatomy behind these relationships may be the missing piece of the puzzle for the effective treatment of some of your patients.