0.6% identified as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
54.3% female; 45.7% male
41 notifications lodged with Ahpra about
4 immediate actions taken
6 mandatory notifications received
12 practitioners monitored for health, performance and/or conduct during the year
15 cases being monitored at 30 June:
6 criminal offence complaints made
2 matters decided by a tribunal
No matters decided by a panel
1 appeal lodged
The COVID-19 pandemic continued to affect the way
we work as a Board, with all Osteopathy Board of
Australia and stakeholder meetings held online.
I attended regular Think Tank virtual meetings of
osteopathy stakeholders from across Australia and
was able to share updates and be in touch with
the issues of access to education programs and
healthcare during the pandemic.
Communication with osteopathy students and
registrants continued through newsletters and on
The Board released a revised Code of conduct
in partnership with several other Boards.
The Board continued to contact registrants directly
via newsletters and email with information about
the impact of COVID-19 and the regulatory response
for osteopaths, including extensions of regulatory
The revised Osteopathic accreditation standards
(2021), developed by the Australian Osteopathic
Accreditation Council, came into effect on
30 July 2021.
I met online every two months with the Chair
and CEO of the Australian Osteopathic
The Board released the cross-profession
Supervised practice framework.
The Osteopathy Think Tank is organised by the
association Osteopathy Australia, and is focused
on education and workforce issues and information
sharing. The Board and Ahpra have provided
As Chair, I presented information on regulation and
Board requirements for registration to final-year
students in the osteopathy programs via online
Regular meetings with the Osteopathy Council
of New Zealand took place, and also with our UK
counterparts, the General Osteopathic Council. These
meetings provided valuable information-sharing on
current and emerging issues, and a chance to debrief
about responses to COVID-19 and the effects on the
regulation of osteopathy.
I continue as a member of the Public Relations
Committee of the Osteopathic International Alliance,
which includes organising International Osteopathic
Healthcare Week, celebrated in April 2022.
We farewelled two community members, Ms Judith
Dikstein and Mr Joshua Hatten, who have made a
valuable contribution and commitment to regulation
during their time on the Board. Ms Dikstein was an
inaugural member of another National Board in 2009,
and has been a member of the Osteopathy Board of
Australia since 2013.
We welcomed two new Board members, community
member Ms Robyn Davis and practitioner member
Dr Rebecca Malon, and have a vacancy for another
Newer members are yet to meet all their colleagues
face to face but the work of regulation continued
smoothly during the year through virtual meetings.
Dr Nikole Grbin