For Osteopaths


memberOsteopaths New Zealand is a professional association for Osteopaths, run by Osteopaths. As a member, you are adding your voice, which makes ours stronger.

Osteopaths New Zealand works hard to promote and gain recognition for osteopaths within the healthcare sector. We develop and maintain relationships with regulatory and funding bodies, as well as other representative associations both within New Zealand and abroad.

Members of Osteopaths New Zealand are entitled to professional support, discounted access to professional development courses and a wide range of benefits we have negotiated on your behalf to support your business.

For more detail on the benefits of becoming a member, visit the Member Benefits page.

Join us now! Our membership year runs from April 1 - March 30 - though if you are joining us for the first time mid-year pro rata fees are available. To join us simply fill out this online application then complete your membership payment.

Peer Groups

Across New Zealand there are groups of osteopaths who get together to learn, discuss and socialise with their peers. Meetings include study groups, guest speakers and topics that are relevant to you locally. Many of them also qualify for CPD points.

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Resources to purchase

A number of different resources are available to purchase to assist you in your clinic.

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Courses & Events

Click on the links below to find out more details on these upcoming courses. Please note courses are listed chronologically.


12th National Allied Health Conference

Dates: 26 - 29 August 2017

Venue: ICC Sydney, Australia

The conference will provide a forum for Allied Health professions to gather from every service setting: private sector, public health, non-government organisations and government agencies. Delegates will consider solutions to the challenges posed by major health reforms such as the NDIS, the management of chronic diseases, Aboriginal health and the interface between acute and primary care.

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Myofasical Release Therapy Courses

Dates: August - October 2017 (dates vary depending on location)

Venues: Various

Myofascial Release Therapy is a very effective technique that creates powerful change in the body. The Fundamentals course provides a solid foundation to understanding the anatomy and physiology of fascia, why fascia dysfunctions and how to identify and release fascial restrictions superficially and deep. The two advanced workshops, Advanced Upper Body and Advanced Lower Body, delve deeper into the muscular layers, separating them and enhancing their functionality. The advanced courses will further develop the skills of listening, sensing and following the body’s innate intelligence for healing the body holistically. In each course we explore the mind body healing connection and how fascia holds the consciousness of the whole mind body experience.

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Supervision Skills for Health & Social Service Professionals

This two day skills based training enables senior staff to provide effective supervision for others in their own discipline area. Introduces supervision as a professional development process for health & social service professionals and provides training and processes for one to one clinical supervision. Completion will gain a Unitec Certificate - Level 5, 4 credits

  • Wellington - 4-5 September 2017

Cost $695 + GST - 50% DISCOUNT FOR ONZ MEMBERS (email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to get the discount code)

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Leaders as Coaches - Developing people & performance

Learn to think and act like a natural coach on this practical one day course. Great for anyone who has to get things done through others or wants to get the best out of the people they lead. Walk away with a 4 step tool for coaching conversations and a 5 step tool for those difficult conversations where you have to ask people to do things differently.

  • Auckland - 14 September 2017

Cost $495 + GST - 50% DISCOUNT FOR ONZ MEMBERS (email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to get the discount code)

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Lecturer: Nicolas Mariette (ESO)

Date:  7th - 8th October 2017

Venue: Rydges Hotel Rotorua Cost: $450 (Fourth and fifth year osteopath student price = $250 Note: There are limited places for students)

CPD: 14hrs

Time: 9am-5pm

Nicolas Mariette and associates are putting on another osteopathic course, 'abdominal visceral'.

We'll start with some theory (motility vs mobility, core-link etc.) and then practical. Nic had the benefit of being taught by some of the great osteopaths who are considered the masters of the visceral world, John- Pierre Barral and Pierre Mercier. We will work on the stomach, duodenum, lesser omentum, liver, small intestine, ascending and descending colon, duodenal-jejunal junction, ilio-cecal valve, gallbladder, bladder and kidneys.

By the end of the weekend you will have a good repertoire of techniques for all the digestive tract and some of the urinary system. 

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The Functional Face: Relating Structure to Physiological Function

Date: 7th - 8th October 2017

Venue: Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne, Australia

This two-day course applies osteopathic principles of palpation, diagnosis, and treatment in view of the concepts of Dr Sutherland’s Primary Respiratory Mechanism (PRM) and biodynamic embryological development. Also known as the viscerocranium, the face is explored and integrated with the cranium and body as a whole.

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Date:  21 October 2017, 9am - 5pm

Venue: Grey Lynn Returned Services Club (upstairs), 1 Francis St, Grey Lynn, Auckland  

Cost: $250

CPD: 7 hrs

Presented by: Jose Kunzler & Phil Rowe

Recent research in neuroscience and neuroplasticity now offer new strategies within WMA for the treatment of chronic pain and complex conditions. We use WMA and Osteopathic principles to access this new mechanism, come and learn how!

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The Face and Cranium - AUCKLAND

Date: 28-29 October 2017

Venue: Unitec, Mt Albert, Auckland

Cost: $375

CPD: 14 hrs

Lecturer: Nicolas Mariette

A weekend focusing on techniques for the face and the cranium.

On Saturday we will explore the anatomical relationship of the face and the cranium, the cervical spine and the viscera. We will look and landmarks and practice palpation before learning specific techniques for the TMJ, the orbit and the fronto-maxillary suture (with regard to the ethmoid). On Sunday we will cover headache and migraine. Specific techniques for the individual bones of the face will be taught. We will also cover the tongue, latching problems, teeth and malocclusion as well as the sphenopalatine ganglion.

You can expect a relaxed, fun environment and to leave feeling confident in many new techniques you can use in clinic straight away. Places are limited to ensure a high level of hands on tuition.

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Primary Care Symposium

15 November 2017

Te Papa, Wellington



This Symposium brings together PHOs, DHBs, NGOs and champions within Primary Health Care to share innovative prevention initiatives within primary care.

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University of Otago, Christchurch - Distance Learning Postgraduate Qualifications of Interest to Osteopaths

Pain is one of the most common reasons for people to see a health professional. It is a main feature of many health conditions, and the impact of pain on peoples lives is broad and invasive.

If you have ever wondered why pain is so complex, or how to help people manage their pain more effectively, the postgraduate papers in Pain and Pain Management will provide you with a good foundation for practice.

Postgraduate qualifications of interest to Osteopaths:

  • The PG Certificate/Diploma /Masters in Health Sciences endorsed in Musculoskeletal Management
  • The PG Certificate/Diplom a/Masters in Health Sciences endorsed in Pain and Pain Management



Upledger & Barral Institute NZ 2017 Course Listings

See the full listing of courses being run by the Upledger and Barral Institutes NZ for 2017.