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2011 the Year of Professional Community

Dear Colleagues and friends,
In 2011 we had several projects unifying our profession. The spring consultation with the WHO demonstrated the will of the WHO to implement osteopathy as part of complementary medicine into the future of integrated health care. With the help of all our members, the OIA developed the Status Report on Osteopathy, Stage 1 and at Potsdam we presented the result. The discussion at the Potsdam conference was very open and constructive. The OIA will implement your ideas and work for further improvement on the Status Report, Stage 1.
The Potsdam conference was a great joint event between the VOD, DGOM, OsEAN and the OIA with more than 500 participants from around the world. Osteopaths and osteopathic physicians could demonstrate that only working together on a high scientific level is the right way for the profession to go. The conference offered us all a great opportunity for networking and exchanging ideas and projects. 
The next project is the Status Report on Osteopathy, Stage 2. The WHO wants the OIA to focus in this report on professional profiles, practice profiles, the differences in applications among countries, the profession’s market share and patients’ degree of satisfactions. The OIA is developing a comprehensive survey and we are planning to have our questionnaire reach all 87.000 individual members in spring 2012. This will be like a census of two real days in the office. The WHO project can only be a success if we all work together and the rate of return will be high.  The Status Report, Stage 2 is your personal report too, so please join and help us get results.
I want to thank you all for your strong support, fair criticism and enthusiasm. The success of the OIA will only become true if we work as a team. It was a great honour for me to serve in 2011 as your chair. 
Try to relax during Christmas holidays, take time for you and your families and Happy New Year. 
Johannes Mayer
Chair, OIA Board of Directors

The 2011 Potsdam Educational Forum was a success!
This year’s OIA Educational Forum and Annual General Meeting was held 29-30 September in Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany.  The OIA partnered with the Osteopathic European Academic Network (OsEAN) to present “Teaching Palpation,” which was part of the larger “Thorax – Movement, Breathing, Life” conference, hosted by the German Osteopathic Association (VOD) and German Association for Osteopathic Physicians (DGOM).

In attendance at the OIA-OsEAN conference were more than 140 osteopathic registrants from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The Annual General Meeting 
The Board would like to thank everyone involved and all of our members for a very successful Potsdam Conference. At this meeting, the Full membership ratified five organisational members, re-elected one sitting Board members and, elected two new members to the Board. All Board seats are three-year terms.
Board of Director Elections:
The OIA’s business meeting closed the conference, where the Full membership elected three representatives to the Board of Directors.
  • Peter Ajluni, DO (US), was re-elected to the Board, where he currently serves as the Secretary-Treasurer.  Dr Ajluni is a past president of the AOA-US and serves on the Board of the American Osteopathic Foundation. 
  • Jane Carreiro, DO (US), who was nominated by and represents the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO), was elected to her first term on the Board.  Dr Carreiro is currently serving as president of the AAO and is the Section Head, Chair and Associate Professor of OMM; DME/Program Director, Graduate Medical Education at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.  
  • Karen Nichols, DO (US), who was nominated by and represents the American Osteopathic Association (AOA-US), was elected by acclamation to her first term on the Board.  Dr Nichols is the immediate past president of the (AOA-US) and Dean of the Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Ratified Member Organisations:
Full members:
  • British Osteopathic Association (BOA) - Moving from Partner member
  • Federation Suisse des Osteopathes (FSO-SVO)
Partner members:
  • Institut des Hautes Etudes Osteopathique de Nantes (IdHEO, Nantes)
  • The Irish College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) 
  • The Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners (OAO)  
Dues Makeup:
As part of the discussion at the Potsdam AGM, the following membership data is being shared:
  • Full members: 10 organisations at $500+$3/member (capped at $25,000), totaling $53,891, or 68.8% of total dues
  • Associate members: 6 organisations at $750/member, totaling $4,525, or 5.8% of total dues
  • Partner members: 42 organisations at $500/member, totaling $19,925, or 25.4% of total dues
*New member dues are prorated throughout the fiscal year.

2012 Paris Annual Educational Forum and General Meeting
Join us in Paris, France, 21-23 September 2012, where the OIA is currently partnered with the Syndicate National de l’Enseignment Superieur en Osteopathie (SNESO) and Syndicat Français Des Ostéopathes (SFDO).  Save the Date!
New Member Spotlight

Please welcome our newest members, who have joined the Alliance since the last newsletter was released.

Full Member:

Associate Members:
Belgian Society of Osteopathy (SBO-SBO, UP), Bruxelles, Belgium
Register for Osteopaths of Belgium (ROB), Beveren, Belgium
Uniform National Register of Osteopathy (UNRO), St. Petersburg, Russia

Partner Member:
New Information and Member Opportunities
Partner Profiles highlighting our Partner member organisations’ missions and activities are now available from: 
The American Osteopathic Association of Medical Informatics (AOIA) 
Ecole Superieure d’Osteopathie (ESO)  
The Irish College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM)
The Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM)
• The Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners (OAO)
Also available is the Global Digest of Osteopathic Organisations, which provides a list of osteopathic organisations in various countries.  This document is updated as new information is received.  

You can also find the FAQ Brochure on our website, translated into 7 languages.

2012 Member Meetings
The American Academy of Osteopathy 
21-25 March, 75th Anniversary  Convocation, Louisville, KY, USA
British School of Osteopathy CPD Courses
Institute of Osteopathic Medicine
11-13 May, Osteopathy & White Nights, St-Petersburg, Russia
Institut d’Osteopathie l’Universite de Nantes
16-17 November, 9th International Symposium “Osteopathy and Research: Interacting and Advancing”
19-21 January; 3-5 May; 20-22 September, Chicago, IL, USA

Osteopathic Council of New Zealand Regional Conferences:
20 May, Wellington; 25 August, Tauranga; 26 August, Auckland; 18 November, Nelson
The Osteopathic Cranial Academy CME Offerings
11-15 February: Midwinter Introductory Course in Osteopathy in the Cranial Field, San Diego, CA, USA
17-19 February: Osteopathic Cranial Academy Changing Lives: The Gift of Cranial Osteopathy to Children Course, San Diego, CA, USA
16-20 June: Introductory Course in Osteopathy in the Cranial Field, Atlanta, GA, USA
21-24 June: Autism, A Spectrum of Expression and Hope: Osteopathy’s Response to Neuroimmune Dysfunctions, Atlanta, GA, USA
The OIA Spring Board Meeting, held in conjunction with the AAO Convocation, 24-25 March, Galt House, Louisville, KY, USA
Sutherland College of Osteopathic Medicine
9-10 March, Spring Convention, Washington, DC, USA
20 July, Summer Meeting, Chicago, IL
5 October, Fall Meeting, San Diego, CA
If your organisation would like to share upcoming events, please email the Secretariat at OIA@osteopathic.org
December 2011 Issue


Dr med Johannes Mayer, Chair
Mr Clive Standen, Vice-Chair
Dr Peter Ajluni, Secretary-Treasurer
Dr Boyd Buser
Dr Jane Carreiro
Mr Simon Fielding
Mr Michael Mulholland-Licht
Dr Karen Nichols
Mr Tim Walker
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