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The Board

Our Board is a mix of osteopaths and other skills appointed Directors. The Board will always consist of a majority of five (5) member elected Directors (osteopaths); and no less than two (2) and no more than four (4) Board appointed, skill based Directors. To ensure jurisdictional diversity; at all times at least one (1) member elected Director on the Board shall have his or her primary practice and/or reside in any one of the following jurisdictions Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania or Western Australia.  

Osteopathy Australia will strive to ensure that our Board reflects the gender, cultural and clinical mix of our profession.





Dr Bill Adamson (Osteopath)
B.Sc.(Clin.Sc.), M.H.Sc.(Osteo.) CertFit (Pilates and PT)

Bill Adamson is a Melbourne based osteopath. He works closely with other medical practitioners and has experience working with other young leaders in the Allied Health field. Bill also volunteers on the Osteopathy Australia Public Relations Committee and in 2015, he completed the Victoria's Health Sector Leadership Program.


Dr Katherine Locke  (Osteopath)

B.App.Sc(Human Movement), B.App.Sc.(Clin.Sc.), M.H.Sc.(Osteo.), Grad.Cert (Neonatal & Infant Paed Man Thrpy)

Kate graduated from Victoria University in 2006 and started her Osteopathic career in Hobart. In 2015, she moved to Melbourne and has been working at Middlepark Osteopathic Clinic in St Kilda West. Kate is a clinical educator and was elected as the Osteopathy Australia president in 2016.

Kate has just compelted a 2-year term as President over 2016 and 2017.


Dr Georgia Ellis (Osteopath)
B.Sc.(Clin.Sc.), M.H.Sc.(Osteo.)

Georgia is originally from Melbourne and has been a practicing Osteopath in Perth since graduating in 2010. She works in an osteopathic clinic in Perth and runs a rural satellite clinic in the Western Australian wheatbelt. She is passionate about osteopaths being accessible Australia wide. 



Dr Andrew Forbes (Osteopath)
M.Ost, B.Sc.(MarineSc)

Andrew has been a practising osteopath for 20 years. Previously, he worked in the insurance and financial markets in London and Tokyo for 13 years. He divides his time between his private multidisciplinary practice, board work for a regional mutual bank, marketing for a small cooperative of Wagyu breeders, and community volunteer activities in NSW Southern Highlands.



 Dr Michelle Funder (Osteopath)

B.Sc.(Clin.Sc.), B.Sc.(BiomedSc)M.H.Sc.(Osteo.)

Michelle is an Osteopath and Clinical Pilates teacher based in Melbourne. She, along with her business partners, run three multidisciplinary, osteopathic centric clinics in the Melbourne region. Michelle works clinically with many athletes especially within the rowing community, having completed a Masters in Schoolgirl rowing injuries. Career highlights include working with Serena Williams during her 2013 and 2015 Australian Open Campaigns.


Ian Locke
M.B.A., M.Bus., GAICD, PhD Student

Ian has diverse experience in the agribusiness sector within Australian and international markets that equips him with governance and financial literacy skills. His roles include executive and non-executive positions with major businesses in across the globe. Ian has delivered innovative and collaborative strategies to ensure consumer insights are aligned with business outcomes that achieve customer  "value-for-money".



Kaye Frankcom

GAICD, B.A, B.S.W, Grad Dip. Counselling. Psych., Master Clinical Psychology, Master of Science in Medicine (Pain Management)

Kaye is a highly accomplished businesswoman, and leader in the health sector. She is an endorsed clinical and counselling psychologist, consultant and independent examiner to the (compensation) insurance industry, in-demand speaker and trainer and has held national roles in psychology regulation and professional standards. She operated a successful group psychology practice in Williamstown, Victoria for 17 years. She was appointed to the first Psychology Board of Australia, and prior to that was the President of the Psychologist Board of Victoria. She is a member of the Clinical Council Melbourne Primary Health Network and chairs their Expert Mental Health Advisory Committee, is a NED on the Board of  Relationships Australia and independent chair of the Psychology Course Advisory Board for Deakin University. She currently practices as a psychologist in the CBD of Melbourne.



CEO & Company Secretary:


Antony Nicholas
B.App.Sc.(Multi), P.Grad.Dip.Nat.Res,

Antony studied Biological Sciences at Curtin University of Technology in WA, with further post graduate studies in Education and in Natural Resource Management. Antony has a diverse career background in health, health promotion, consumer rights, education and dispute resolution, mainly within the not-for-profit sector.

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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.

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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.