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Day 1 - Friday 6 September
On 06/09/2019 from 12:00pm to 7:00pm


Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Next to mystical Lake Rotorua and just a brief stroll from the city centre, Millennium Hotel Rotorua is an eco-friendly destination.

From here, experience Rotorua’s rich history, explore the thermal hot pools or the native bush, and even squeeze in a round of golf at one of Rotorua’s international golf courses. Our 227 rooms and suites feature residential-style decor with views of Lake Rotorua or the native garden. We also have accessible rooms for guests with special requirements. 7 meetings and event spaces are available and ideal for up to 400 people.

1270 Hinemaru St
, 3040

Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Plenary Space - Mokoia Room, Level 2

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Break Out Room 1 - Millennium One, Level 2

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Break Out Room 2 - Millennium Five, Level 1

Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Trade & Catering - Lobby, Level 2

1:00pm - 1:15pm
Welcome: President Naaznin Karim (Osteopaths NZ) and President Bill Adamson (Osteopaths Australia)

1:15pm - 2:15pm
Alain Croibier

Keynote Presentation - Putting Science on Osteopathic Art
A concept does not fall from heaven. Our therapist’s journey is made up of reflections and deliberations, centered on what does not work out in practice. When everything succeeds, what need would we have to question or to change? The approach developed in this presentation is based on my close friendship with Jean-Pierre Barral and the evolution of our clinical practices over several decades.
In the beginning, some techniques were developed to find solutions to joint problems that conventional techniques could not resolve. Some manipulations were elaborated to work precisely on certain anatomical structures, with the aim of changing the mechanical conditions of recalcitrant joints or having contraindications to conventional manipulations. Their justification was irrelevant; their effectiveness was the only concern.
With time, little by little, other techniques were generated, to solve other problems and the need to understand “why” and “how” they worked became more and more pressing for us.  Thus, we began to sort and classify them. Progressively, we were able to integrate them into a more global and coherent framework. The systemic approach allowed us to finally organize our findings.
Going a little against the current of evidence-based medicine, which is very much in vogue these days, what we propose in this presentation is to see how an emerging concept can be entirely practice-based. 

2:15pm - 3:00pm
Amie Steel

Introducing Osteopathy Research Connect New Zealand (ORC-NZ)

This presentation will overview the features of the recently formed practice-based research connect for the osteopathic profession in New Zealand. The overall characteristics of ORC-NZ membership will be presented. Based on these characteristics, the potential study designs and example study questions which will be supported by the new network will be presented.

3:00pm - 3:30pm
John Smartt

Osteopathy as an Art

We don’t talk much about what it actually means to practice a healing art in the modern medical world. The fact that we do so is an inconvenient truth, which causes a lot more problems than we usually acknowledge. It is also something wonderful. Minimising the problems, and maximising the benefits, is a worthwhile quest for all of us. This presentation will be something that we hope will provoke a lot of thought and discussion over the course of the program, and afterwards. 

4:00pm - 6:00pm
Alain Croibier

Workshop: Introducing New Manual Articular Approach
During this workshop, we will propose to introduce you to a different approach of the shoulder problems, based upon the arthrosystemic concept.
From a diagnostic point of view we will see how listening to the shoulder can give very useful information to understand the origin of the imbalance and orientate the treatment in a more effective way.
From a therapeutic perspective, we will also implement some very precise techniques, using induction, on some anatomical structures significant in shoulder problems.

4:00pm - 6:00pm
Ian O'Dwyer

Workshop: Active Fascial Release - "Stronger, Faster, Higher; Increasing Movement Efficiency"

In this society there more people running than ever before, with a multitude of sports plus fun runs, cross country, X Fitters and other various themed events. My question is always how effective and  safe are they?

I see many people in my practice that are constantly breaking down and injuring themselves due to lack of effective motion. This session will look at what it takes to create effective motion to allow the  person to perform safely, effectively and optimally.

Incredibly powerful strategies that can instantly create a more successful athlete no matter what the challenge…wouldn’t you want some of that??

o   Observe and Identify the client running style

o   Implement effective drills to enhance the top to toe connection

o   Observe and discuss the outcomes of the strategies

o   Experience the change in the running gait, empower the attendee.

4:00pm - 6:00pm
Jose Kunzler

Workshop: Osteopathic HVLA Technique

HVLA is one of the tools of Structural osteopathy. It does not replace or antagonize any other osteopathic techniques - like any other technique, when HVLA is chosen as part of the treatment it needs to be well done.

The presentation will explain when HVLA can be performed, defining the “somatic Dysfunction” and its perception from the patient and operator point of views. It will define how it should be done, in term of safety and comfort in order to optimise the best long term result. A short video will show 3 basic techniques : cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. After which attendees will be practicing under supervision.

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Registrations & Lunch

3:30pm - 4:00pm
Afternoon Tea

6:00pm - 7:00pm
Welcome Function