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Our speakers come from around the world with a great deal of knowledge and perspective about Osteopathy.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn from the best.

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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.

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Mark Hunter is yoga teacher, and myofascial therapist with 26 years experience.


He ran a successful remedial therapy clinic in Brisbane for 13 years before moving to Queenstown, where he now combines his clinical work with teaching yoga. He was also a Bowen Therapy instructor for 13 years, teaching many practitioners in Australia and New Zealand.


His school Fascial Kinetics had strong anatomy and physiology foundations, and in particular focused on understanding how to work effectively with fascia. 


Breathing is a key part of a yoga practice, and is always an integral part of his classes. As he mostly works with older students and clients, he regularly observes the positive outcomes of a dedicated breathing practice, especially once postural dysfunction is addressed.

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Dr. Nick Penney

Dr. Penney originally graduated from the British School of Osteopathy in 1980, emigrating to NZ in 1989.


Involvement with the NZ acute low back pain guidelines development contributing to being accepted as a PhD student in the School of Medicine, University of Queensland, researching the biopsychosocial model of pain, obstacles to recovery in low back pain, and outcome measurement. 


The university also housed the Australian Acute Musculoskeletal Pain Guidelines  Group, Dr. Penney serving as an expert panel and steering committee member.


Understanding that psychosocial factors are the strongest predictors of developing persistent pain subsequently resulted in training to teach Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. In the last 5 years Dr. Penney has led a multidisciplinary team which has consistently produced some of the best patient outcomes in chronic pain across Australasia.


He has recently relocated to Christchurch where he runs Coherent Health with Dr Shelley Joe,  who was the first osteopath to be accepted & complete the Masters of Science in Medicine (pain management) at the University of Sydney & Royal North Shore Hospital in 2005.

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John Cullen

John’s initial training was at University of NSW and the International Colleges of Osteopathy in Sydney. 


John returned to Auckland and was involved in various activities with the profession including the NZRO and the Australasian Council on Chiropractic and Osteopathic Education. 


The Biodynamics of OCF was a watershed for making sense of Osteopathy. The notion of the “scientific form of healing” helped form the question: what is the spiritual transformational process for patients? 


The Post. Grad. Certificate in Mind Body Healthcare at AUT provided an appreciation of the persons “other story” in healthcare. 

In recent years John has worked as a part-time Clinical Tutor at Unitec and is an active member of a Peer Group.

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Brya Matthews

Brya Matthews is a basic biomedical scientist whose research focused on bone biology and regeneration.


Brya completed her PhD at the University of Auckland, followed by postdoctoral research at the University of Connecticut in the US.


She is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Auckland.

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Yvonne Ferguson

Yvonne Ferguson is a registered Physiotherapist who has been working in Women’s Health for many years in a DHB setting adding Lymphoedema Management to her practice for the last 18 years.


She has been an accredited provider of Lymphoedema Training in New Zealand by the Australasian Lymphology Association, (ALA) for the last five years through Lymphoedema Consulting and Training.


This year she has become a part of the ALERT team at Macquarie University, Sydney, teaching their practical face to face component in New Zealand. She is very passionate and considers it a privilege to work in both of these specialty areas of Women’s Health and Lymphoedema Management.

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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.  

Mark Hunter

Breath and it’s connection to ourselves and clients.

We all know how to breathe - but how many of us breathe in a way to obtain the optimal benefits for our body. The benefits of better breathing include longevity, down regulation of the nervous system, stimulation of the digestive system and the obvious restoration of respiratory problems.

Join me in learning different yogic styles of breathing (pranayama) to help certain health conditions for yourself and patients. 


Top points covered:

- Correct breathing techniques and the 3 pillars of breathing

- Benefits of yogic breathing

- Practising yogic breathing techniques that support the 3 pillars 

Dr. Nick Penney

The clinical application of the biopsychosocial model of pain: Results from the Electronic Persistent Pain Outcomes Collaboration (EPPOC)

Ever wonder why some patients don't seem to recover or keep coming back with the same complaints?


Osteopaths are traditionally trained to look for physical or functional explanations for a patients' suffering, regardless of how long the patient has been experiencing the symptoms. Perhaps questioning the 'what is going on' (or has gone on) in their lives rather than the 'what have you done' (to exacerbate the symptoms) may allow for  quite a different story to emerge.

Despite more than forty years elapsing since Dr. George Engel first suggested that a patients' symptoms should be conceptualised as arising from the dynamic interaction of psychosocial and pathophysiologic variables simultaneously, the biopsychosocial (BPS) model remains poorly understood or integrated into clinical practice. Instead, it is often wrongly perceived that providing multidisciplinary treatment amounts to the same thing, or that the biopsychosocial model is the biomedical model with secondary consideration given to a few psychosocial factors.

The presentation will briefly review the biopsychosocial model as it relates to osteopathic practice, and how practitioners may integrate aspects of it into their own practices.  Integrative Pain Care's Objective outcome data from the electronic persistent pain outcomes collaboration (ePPOC),   which is part of the Australian Health Outcomes Collaboration based at Wollongong University in NSW will be presented,  and demonstrates the positive impact on patient outcomes from integrating the BPS model into clinical care.

John Cullen

Making sense of the subtle side of Osteopathy.

The Osteopathic profession has in part sold itself short by focusing on the Exteroceptive and Proprioceptive experiences of the patients and paying less attention to the Interoceptive sensing and the psychology of the person receiving care.  While there is a need to operate within some scientific and legislative structures, these should not limit our exploring.

This talk is bringing together some thoughts. The current thinking on how we construct emotions has valuable insights to our experience of pain.


The neurophysiology of Interoception is an expanding area of science. The fact that some 80% of nerve endings in our body are in the interoceptive network has implications for choices made in treatment.

The Narratives, or stories, of our pain are constructed by our language and culture. While Osteopaths are not Psychologists we are noted as good listeners, and the chance to have the story heard safely is of great therapeutic merit.


Some people have heightened sensory processing and I want to explore how to identify these and make use of this in treatment.

There are some interesting developments toward bringing the altered states of consciousness or spirituality into the scope of research.

Brya Matthews

The multifunctional skeleton – how bone responds to stress and influences appetite.

Bone is a dynamic tissue that adapts to the mechanical forces it experiences during everyday life. Bone also has remarkable regenerative capacity. My group has been trying to understand the source and identity of skeletal stem and progenitor cells in bone.


Using cell tracking studies, we have identified multiple cell populations involved in fracture healing in mice. These cells from the periosteum contribute to either bone-forming osteoblasts only, or osteoblasts and chondrocytes that form cartilage in the early fracture callus.


We are also identifying cell populations that may be involved in human healing. Both healing and homeostasis in bone are influenced by a range of signals, including from the nerves and the brain. I will cover some of what we understand about how stress and the sympathetic nervous system impact bone.


Finally, there are a number of examples of hormones produced by bone cells that influence other seemingly independent body systems. One of these is Lipocalin 2, which is produced by osteoblasts after a meal, and suppresses appetite through actions in the brain. In summary, the bone is not just a scaffold, it is an endocrine organ that is influenced by the rest of the body and brain, and in turn it produces factors that regulate whole body metabolism, illustrating the complex interplay between tissues and organs within our bodies.

Yvonne Ferguson

The World of Lymphoedema Management

Lymphoedema management is a specialised field of treatment called ‘Complex Lymphoedema Treatment' (CLT).

This workshop will focus on gaining an understanding of Lymphoedema, its implications, treatment and management, focusing on contemporary evidence. We will look at best practice which includes, compression, manual lymphatic drainage, skin care and exercise.


We will also look at some practical ways of managing oedema. We will include how one can become a certified Lymphoedema Therapist incorporating this challenging and rewarding area of work into their practice. 

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