Skip Navigation


Bridging the gap between research and osteopathy practitioners, ORION aims to shed light on the day-to-day practice of osteopathy in Australia, including what techniques are used, which patient populations are treated and what outcomes are achieved. This extensive research will provide valuable insight for osteopaths and other health professionals, to gain greater understanding of the osteopathy profession as a whole. The project will spark further sub-studies to greater explore osteopathy education, practice and the future of the profession.

ORION is an opportunity to not just establish the infrastructure and evidence base for osteopathy research in the short term, but also to help grow a sustainable research culture and broad evidence platform for osteopathy into the future. Key to this will be developing a close working relationship with Universities offering osteopathy courses and academics working in osteopathy education and research.

ORION is being undertaken by the Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ARCCIM) at the Faculty of Health, University of Technology, Sydney led by Professor Jon Adams. Professor Adams is an experienced health services researcher and Senior Fellow of the Oxford International Research Leadership Program at the University of Oxford. He has also authored 235 peer-reviewed publications since 2000, including Senior Editorship of six international research books. A full list of his extensive activities can be found here.

The project commenced in mid-2015 and took 12 months of development. It has an ORION Steering Committee with a mix of researchers, osteopaths and Osteopathy Australia representative; and have gained ethics approval from the Human Ethics Committee, University of Technology Sydney.

The ORION Questionnaire

On 19 July 2016, the ORION questionnaire was sent to over 1,700 osteopaths around the country. 

It’s important for the rigor and impact of ORION that as many registered osteopaths participate in the initiative as possible.  All osteopaths are eligible for participation and the initial ORION practitioner questionnaire will provide you all with an opportunity to have your say and to ensure your experiences and practices are counted in this world-first project.

Osteopathy Australia can only make headway on many lobbying issues with better data. This project will help protect, promote and enhance the profession. Your participation is vital for its success.


Learn more about the project:

Learn more about ORION: via this Q&A.

Feedback from members: ORION feedback

ORION coverage: Health Times - New research network puts osteopathy under the microscope

Latest news

National Safe Work Month

Supporting October’s National Safe Work Month, Osteopathy Australia is encouraging Australians to incorporate simple movements such as stretching, standing up, walking meetings, changing postures regularly and micro-breaks into their working day to reduce the risk of developing a chronic pain problem, or a work-related musculoskeletal complaint.

Media Release: Lower back pain & Osteopathy

Lower back pain is one of the most common complaints seen by a GP or healthcare professional. It is estimated that over 80% of Australians will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives. Lower back pain may be acute (new pain) or chronic (longstanding pain), and it can range from mild and annoying to severe and debilitating.

Osteopaths are health professionals who are highly trained to treat lower back pain. An osteopath will explain to you why your pain is present, assist to relieve it with manual therapy and identify any barriers to your recovery. During a consultation with an osteopath, your practitioner will first discuss your case and thoroughly assess your condition.