Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and manual therapy. It recognises the important link between body structure and function. Osteopathy is a drug free form of manual healthcare with a focus on the skeletal system and how it functions in conjunction with muscles, nerves, connective tissue, and internal organs as a holistic unit.
Using evaluation and diagnosis, osteopaths can identify types of dsyfunction within the body and then implement a wide range of treatment techniques. These may include stretching, and massaging of soft tissue, and mobilisation of specific joints and tissue.
Osteopathy is covered by most private health funds, and by Medicare’s CDM (Chronic Disease Management) Plans.
People go to osteopaths because they provide:
A 5-year university double degree in Osteopathic Medicine
Palpation skills to locate, identify and diagnose
A wide range of manual skills
Long appointment sessions
Low force techniques
Brian graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Western Australia in 1976, and did his Osteopathic training at the International Colleges of Osteopathy Ltd (Sydney) Graduating in 1984. He has practiced Osteopathy in Sydney (3 years), Byron Bay (10 years) and since July 2002 at the Brighton Clinic. He has a strong background in manual therapy applying this experience to spinal and limb problems alike. He adds simple exercises to his treatment of most problems.
Anna graduated with her BSc (Ost) in London in 1993. Before settling in Melbourne, she worked in the UK, Sydney and Antigua in the West Indies, and as such has accumulated diverse and very broad clinical experience. Anna has a particular interest in helping people who experience pain that is ongoing. She is presently studying through the University of Sydney for her Masters of Pain Management, to help her to integrate current biopsychosocial concepts into her clinical practice. She has also studied clinical pilates, cognitive behavioural therapy and the practice of mindfulness to use alongside osteopathy in cases as appropriate. Anna has an unusual background; she is the fourth generation of osteopaths in her family. She promises not to put any pressure on either of her two children to follow the family tradition! In addition to English, Anna speaks passable French and Spanish.
Dr Kate Harkin originally completed a five year double degree of Bachelor of Clinical Science (Osteopathy) and a Masters of Health Science at Victoria University in Melbourne. Since graduating she has a wide range of experience practising in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Internationally in London and Dublin, specialising in Women’s Health care. In addition she has held lecturing positions in Osteopathic Universities in Sydney (University of Western Sydney), Melbourne (Victoria University) and London (British School of Osteopathy). Kate is an experienced Osteopath with an interest in pre/post natal and Women’s Health care. Osteopathy is a form of minimal intervention, manual treatment, using techniques such as soft tissue massage, stretching, cranial, articulation and manipulation of muscles, joints, ligaments and organs (e.g; bladder, bowel, uterus etc).
Dr Alison Sim qualified as an osteopath in 2001. She has a Masters of Pain Management from Sydney University Medical School and Royal North Shore Pain Management Research Institute. She treats patients from all walks of life, but takes a special interest in persistent pain. The approach that she uses is what might be described as a “ bigger picture approach” where an emphasis is placed on addressing all aspects of a person’s life that might be impacting on the pain. Alison has also lectured at Australian Catholic University, Victoria University, RMIT and George Fox University in a variety of science and clinical subjects. In addition to her lecturing appointments, she has worked as part of the teaching team at Deakin University Medical School.