What does ORC-NZ mean for your practice and profession?

The Osteopathy Research Connect New Zealand (ORC-NZ) project is an important piece of infrastructure for the New Zealand osteopathic profession. But what does it mean for your practice and you? In short, there are only advantages. At a professional level, the results from the ORC-NZ project will help provide evidence about the practice of osteopaths just like you, and identify the contribution you and your colleagues make to health care and healthy communities in New Zealand. Such information will help promote your practice to patients and other health care providers as well as those managing the health care system and directing health policy. ORC-NZ also has great potential to help peak bodies like Osteopathy New Zealand to inform decisions about how best to support and promote you and your practice.

Why should you get involved? It can be tempting to leave participation in a project like ORC-NZ to others but there are also very significant benefits to you being counted and participating in the project (about 12 minutes of your time) when it is launched later in 2018. First, it is essential that ORC-NZ capture information from as many osteopaths across New Zealand as possible – this ensures the rigour and power of the data to convince those beyond the profession of your valuable contribution to patient care and healthier outcomes. Unlike many research project designs, ORC-NZ is genuinely interested in your practice and experience, in fact such information is the exclusive focus of the project.

ORC-NZ follows a research design where you (the practitioners) are partners helping shape research questions that reflect your needs, experiences and your everyday practice reality. Your involvement (about 12 minutes of your time) will provide you with an opportunity to influence and feed into the research and its findings – leaving participation to colleagues will only tell us things about others. Finally, we urge you to do your bit to contribute to ORC-NZ, the once-in-a-generation research event that will help grow and strengthen the profession over coming years. We very much look forward to working with you all to make ORC-NZ a big success that will have positive benefits for osteopathy in New Zealand for future generations of practitioners and patients.

ORC-NZ South Island Road Show Planned – Stimulating and enlightening Q&A Sessions coming your way!

This August (2018), Distinguished Professor Jon Adams and Dr Amie Steel – co-leaders of the Osteopathy Research Connect New Zealand (ORC0NZ) project are touring the South Island of New Zealand to explain and take questions about this exciting study.   ORC-NZ is genuinely interested in your practice and experience, in fact such information is the exclusive focus of the project. ORC-NZ follows a research design where you (the practitioners) are partners helping shape research questions that reflect your needs, experiences and your everyday practice reality. The project has been designed to help establish the evidence base for osteopathy and grow the profession in New Zealand. For more initial information please check out the official project website www.orcnz-arccim.org

Earlier in the year, both Jon and Amie facilitated a number of information sessions in the North Island and met many osteopaths who were keen to know more about ORC-NZ and what it would mean for our profession. These highly popular events are now offered for osteopaths on the South Island. The planned schedule for the ORC-NZ road show is:

  • Christchurch: Monday 4th August, 6.30 pm
  • Nelson: Tuesday 5th August, 6.30pm
  • Dunedin: Thursday 9th August, 5.30pm
  • The locations are still being finalised but make sure you save the date if you are in the area. It is your last chance to learn about the project and ask have any queries addressed in person before the ORC-NZ project is officially launched at the ONZ Symposium on August 11. Please do spread the word – tell your colleagues about the dates and events above, everyone is invited to be a part of ORC-NZ whether they are ONZ members or not.