November 2014 Issue
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.