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.
OAM FAHMS GradDipManipTher USyd MBiomedE UNSW PhD UNSW
Kathryn Refshauge, a physiotherapist, is currently Professor of Allied Health (Strategic Partnerships), University of Sydney, and immediate past Dean of Health Sciences.
She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences and has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course. She is a Director of the Board of the International College of Management Sydney (ICMS) and of other governing boards, as well as a member of Clinical Council, Central and Eastern Sydney Primary Health Network and various professional and research bodies nationally and internationally.
She has previously held many positions in the health sector, such as Chair of South West Sydney Research, a NSW Health hub, and executive member of other health hubs and committees in the health sector in NSW. She has served on the executive of the Australian Physiotherapy Association, Sports Medicine Australia, and human research ethics committees, and was involved in the Excellence in Research for Australia initiative.
Her research focuses on integrating her physiotherapy, biomedical engineering and physiology backgrounds to improve health outcomes, particularly for musculoskeletal conditions. She has published extensively in the area of musculoskeletal health and developed guidelines and position statements for best practice in diagnosis and management of various musculoskeletal conditions.
She holds several honorary professorial appointments internationally and has been a member of the editorial board of international journals. Her education excellence has been recognised through three awards for outstanding teaching, including a national award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council, and the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research Student Supervision.
EMBA BPharms (Hons) MRPhamS MPS
Joey Calandra has over 20 years of healthcare and leadership experience. Ranging from frontline roles as a pharmacist, to executive management, board directorships, innovation consulting and, currently, as the Head of Strategy for AIA Vitality.
Joey has expertise in strategic partnerships, collaborating and working with multiple stakeholders, including State and Federal Governments, Universities, Boards, Primary Health Networks, Private Health Insurers, Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Companies. His experience also spans advocacy, membership growth, increasing scope of practice, developing models of care, new funding mechanisms, continuing professional development, including competency standards and accreditation as well as managing national and internal conferences as General Manager at the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.
Joey spent five years as a board director of the Victorian Pharmacy Authority and as a consultant for the Royal Australasian College of General Practice, Bayside Medicare Local, Australian Health Practitioner Registration Authority, National Asthma Council of Australia, Heart Foundation of Australia, Wandsworth and Hammersmith and Fulham Primary Care Trusts in the United Kingdom.
As an innovation consultant, Joey developed bespoke innovation and productivity capability training for Government, Health, FMCG, Pharmaceutical, Insurance, Banking, Law, Accounting, Entertainment, Charities and Software Industries.
Joey has completed the AICD Not-for-Profit Governance Program, has a Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours and an Executive MBA with awards in Strategy, Financial Management, International Business (China) and Silver medal for the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation innovation program.