OIA Newsletter: November 2014 Issue
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November 2014 Issue

Chair's Column: 

2014 London Conference Review 

This year marked the 10th anniversary of the Osteopathic International Alliance (OIA), bringing continued growth of our membership, which now standing at 77 member organisations representing 28 countries on 5 continents (10 Full, 9 Associate and 58 Partner members) and expanded activities, including publication of the Global Osteopathic Report, an expanded International Osteopathic Healthcare Week and promotion of osteopathic initiatives at Olympic Games, to name a few.

As I begin my term as chair, I would like to acknowledge those who have come before me: Larry Wickless (2004-2008), Clive Standen (2008-2010), Johannes Mayer (2010-2012) and Michael Mulholland-Licht, (2012-2014) for being instrumental in taking the OIA from its inception in December, 2004 to the global Alliance it is today. Previous boards, under the guidance of these chairs, have made important contributions toward advancing the philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine and osteopathy worldwide through Advocacy and Partnership, Member activities, Research and Good governance.

The 2014 London Conference and Annual General Meeting
The OIA Annual General Meeting and Educational Conference was held 3-5 October in London, England.  The OIA partnered with The Institute of Osteopathy, chaired by Maurice Cheng to present “Osteopathic Teaching: Competencies, Education, Evaluation”. The European Federation for Osteopaths (EFO), Forum for Osteopathic Regulation in Europe (FORE) and Osteopathic Education Academic Network (OsEAN) also met during the conference, making it a truly international occasion.

During the AGM, the Full membership voted to re-elect me to my second term on the Board and elect John Gimpel to his first. Karen Nichols filled the allocated seat for the largest osteopathic organisation, beginning her second term. Thank you to Peter Ajluni, who has rotated off the Board, following the completion of his second term, and to Marina Urquhart-Pullen, who has stepped down from the Board. Stephen Hartshorn from the iO has been voted by the Board of Directors to fill that vacancy, until the Full membership can vote on it at the Montreal AGM.

Following the AGM, the new Board of Directors held elections for officer positions, where I was elected your new chair, Charles Hunt was elected vice-chair and William Burke was elected secretary-treasurer. All officer terms are two years.

Congratulations to all and thank you to our members for supporting us in London!

Board of Directors Meeting
During the Board’s meeting, we engaged a consultant to help guide the next phase of the OIA’s growth. In the Alliance’s next steps, it is important to build the global culture of the osteopathic profession and become “One Voice” that encompasses and strengthens two streams of the osteopathic global profession. We want to embrace unity in diversity and welcome the range of our practices. The goal is to create and promote excellence when advocating for quality in the osteopathic profession within its training and practice. 

I look forward to working with you, our members, over the next two years as we continue towards our goal of advancing the philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine and osteopathy worldwide.

Dr Jane Carreiro
Chair, OIA Board of Directors


Upcoming OIA Meetings

2015 OIA Midyear Meeting
In conjunction with the American Academy of Osteopathy’s Convocation, “Life in Motion”, 11-15 March, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky
2015 Montreal Annual Conference and General Meeting
The 2015 Conference will be held in conjunction with Osteopathy Quebec in Montreal, Canada, 25-27 September
2016 Annual Conference and General Meeting
The 2016 Conference and AGM will be co-hosted by the American Osteopathic Association in conjunction with their annual convention on 18-20 October, Anaheim, California, USA

New Member Benefit - International Osteopathic Speakers Bureau

As part of our commitment to providing our members and the entire profession with the best possible resources, we have developed the International Osteopathic Speakers Bureau. We aim to provide you with access to experts in all areas of the osteopathic profession, from education and regulation, to practice and continuing education, as well as association development and expanding membership. Our experts come from across the globe, spanning the profession as practicing and non-practicing osteopathic physicians and osteopaths, executives, heads of schools, regulators and educators.

The Bureau is composed of present and past OIA Board members who have a wealth of knowledge and expertise about the global osteopathic profession and can be available to speak at conferences, to your associations or schools and elsewhere. Their years of expertise and contributions to the leadership of this Alliance and the osteopathic profession as a whole has been of great benefit, and is now available to you!

Upcoming Member Meetings

The American Academy of Osteopathy The British School of Osteopathy Institute of Osteopathic Medicine Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine The Osteopathic Cranial Academy If your organisation would like to share upcoming events, please email the Secretariat at OIA@osteopathic.org

Please be sure to forward this newsletter to your members. Thank you. 
Dr Jane Carreiro, Chair
Mr Charles Hunt, Vice-Chair
Dr William Burke, Secretary-Treasurer
Ms Ana Paula Ferreira
Dr John Gimpel
Mr Stephen Hartshorn
Mr Michael Mulholland-Licht
Dr Karen Nichols
Dr Alain Wurtz

2015 Dues

Your organisation will received the 2015 dues invoices in November. When you receive it, you can pay dues online or via mail.

Global Osteopathic Report

The Global View of Practice, Patients, Education and the Contribution to Healthcare Deliverydescribes the current state of the osteopathic profession globally and how it functions within national health delivery systems across a range of countries. The profession is presented in four parts: the concept, history and spread of osteopathic healthcare; practitioners, patients and the scale of osteopathic practice; models of education and regulation; and efficacy, safety and cost-effectiveness. It brings together data from a range of international sources including a survey of international practice and a census of covering 33 countries. Download the Report for free, or order printed copies today!


Member Resources  
Partner Profiles highlighting our Partner member organisations’ missions and activities are now available. 

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