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, skills-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 strives to ensure that our Board reflects the gender, cultural and clinical mix of our profession.
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. Along with her business partners, she runs three multidisciplinary, osteopathic-centric clinics in the Melbourne region. Having completed a Masters in Schoolgirl rowing injuries, Michelle works clinically with many athletes, especially within the rowing community. Michelle's career highlights include working with Serena Williams during her 2013 and 2015 Australian Open campaigns.
Dr Georgia Ellis (Osteopath)
Georgia is originally from Melbourne and since graduating in 2010, has been practicing as an osteopath in Perth. Georgia also runs a rural satellite clinic in the Western Australian wheatbelt and is passionate about osteopaths being accessible Australia-wide.
Dr Andrew Forbes (Osteopath)
B.Sc.(Clin.Sc.), M.H.Sc.(Osteo.) CertFit (Pilates and PT)
Andrew has been a practising osteopath for 20 years and also worked in the London and Tokyo insurance and financial markets 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 the NSW Southern Highlands.
Dr Matthew Cooper (Osteopath)
Matt has been a practicing Osteopath for 9 years and is the director and owner of Melbourne Osteopathic Clinic Docklands. Matt has worked in an elite sports clubs and was thrilled to be part of the medical team at the Western Bulldogs during their drought-breaking premiership in 2016. Matt has spent the last number of years mixing clinical work with teaching at Victoria University. Matt is a husband and father to two fantastic little ones. Matt thrives on mentoring young practitioners and helping with their transition into practice. In fact, he has started a Podcast called PracReady with Osteopath Craig Taylor, that has the primary focus on helping the future of our profession to be “PracReady” from day 1.
Dr Brett Wiener (Osteopath)
B.Sc.(Clin.Sc.), M.H.Sc.(Osteo.), MAPP.
Brett graduated from Victoria University and completed his Masters in Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne, finishing with first-class honours and a thesis on better understanding what it means to be a sustainable giver as a medical practitioner. Brett demonstrates a wealth of knowledge in the science of what it means for individuals, groups and institutions to thrive. He has had experience across domains including strength and conditioning, nutrition, performance psychology in coaching and Osteopathic therapy. He is a proud husband, father and director at The Sports and Spinal Group in Bayside, Melbourne. He values authentic, high-quality connections with his colleagues, friends and family.
BAppSc, GradDipSportBus, MBA, MAICD
Cris is the Managing Director and Chief Executive of Advent Health, a consolidated group of 60 allied health clinics across Australia. His career has been in service-based organisations across a variety of sectors, including professional sport, finance and healthcare. He has in-depth leadership experience, knowledge and governance exposure of high-performing, effective and relevant service-based organisations with an Asia-Pacific footprint. Cris has held positions at the Bob Jane Corporation, St Kilda Football Club, CPA Australia and as Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Physiotherapy Association. He is the former Chairman of the Allied Health Professions Australia and is a current member of the Exercise & Sports Science Australia Standards Council. In addition to his abovementioned qualifications, Cris has completed the Executive Program in International Management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Delivering Value Through Digital Program offered by the University of Oxford.
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. Kaye was appointed to the first Psychology Board of Australia, and before 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 an independent chair of the Psychology Course Advisory Board for Deakin University. Kaye currently practises as a psychologist in the CBD of Melbourne.