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Peter Parker

Over his 22-year osteopathic career, Peter has held the roles of State and federal President of Osteopathy Australia (then the Australian Osteopathic Association), worked with the world champion Wallabies from 1999-2001, and has built and managed one of Australia’s largest osteopath clinics. 

Peter Parker (Osteopath)

His contagious passion for children’s health drove him to his most recent undertaking, UpStanding Kids, a not-for-profit organisation with the goal of getting standing desks into Australian schools and ending the epidemic of sitting.

Meet Dr Peter Parker (osteopath) from The Osteopaths of Heidelberg & Blackburn, VIC.

Why did you become an osteopath?

I've always been fascinated by the movement and anatomy of the human body, I experienced back pain as a young adult and sought the care of other allied health therapists. I was instantly drawn to osteopathy based on the holistic philosophy, and the genuine time and thorough diagnosis given to each patient. My desire to work with the public coupled with a wonderful modality of care like Osteopathy rung true for me from a very young age.

What do you enjoy the most about being an osteopath?

I still love the philosophy of osteopathy. After 22 years of practice the human body still fascinates me.

Osteopathy takes the time to investigate each persons complaint and allows great treatment and broader advice to best improve quality of life.

I have a great team of like minded Osteopaths around me that forms a rich unique environment where the purity of our profession is maintained and nurtured

What other hobbies or activities do you enjoy outside of Osteopathy?

"I love time with my kids and wife - travelling and camping as far and wide as we can around Australia. I'm still relatively fit for an old fella and enjoy anything whole-body movement related.  Crossfit is my current flavour of the month."

In 1999, Peter ventured to Romania’s largest orphanage to encounter the most inhumane of conditions for the 550 inhabitants. The purpose of the journey was to work under the umbrella of the Romanian Challenge Appeal as an osteopath to treat many of the profoundly affected babies and children. It was the most horrific and at the same time the most inspiring time of his life.

"As far as broader impact and passion, I would love to impact on the longer term health of our children by enabling a movement rich life avoiding the pitfalls of their sedentary lifestyles. Thus I have founded a NFP charity UpStanding Kids trying to get standing desks into our schools."

About UpStanding Kids

UpStanding Kids aims to educate, empower and inspire our youth to love activity and movement through using standing desks in class, recognising the power it can have on their physical and mental wellbeing.

As an osteopath, Peter knows all too well the severe negative implications of sedentary lifestyles. These effects are especially bad for children, with some kids sitting for up to 80% of their day! Upstanding Kids believe that something must be done to end this epidemic of sitting.

Standing desks are a simple and elegeant solution to this huge problem. Their goal is to get them into every school in Australia by 2020. It's imperative for our children's health and wellbeing that we take a stand on their behalf.

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