Dr Ray Myers manages the osteopathic programs in the School of Health Sciences. As program manager he is responsible for the management of the osteopathic staff, overseeing and coordinating the delivery and quality assurance of the academic offerings of the osteopathic programs.
Dr Myers is committed to helping the osteopathic staff and students achieve the School's vision to be a leader in education and research in evidence-based health care, with a focus on the ageing population and chronic diseases.
His teaching activities are focused on indirect techniques such as Functional Technique, as well as Introduction to Osteopathic Research.
Dr Myers's main research interest is the examination of processes of determining outcomes for osteopathy (and other therapeutic approaches) where standard clinical trials methodology is not appropriate. These areas overlap in so much as before resources are expended upon looking at potential mechanisms for therapeutic outcomes, the therapeutic outcome needs to be established. As osteopathy is a complex non-pharmaceutical intervention that treats the patients as an individual, and is not technique based, research must concentrate on evaluating outcomes in a meaningful and credible manner.
Educational development work
Dr Myers has been the development team leader in the restructure of the programs in osteopathy since 1999. This involved researching and refining a set of capabilities that define the qualities expected of professional osteopathic health care providers.
Osteopathy - Clinical education; Osteopathy - Clinical outcome studies; Osteopathy - Osteopathic theory and philosophy; Osteopathy in the cranial field; Osteopathy - Functional technique
Academic management / administration responsibilities
- Member of the School Executive Committee
- Member of School Clinics Committee
- Member of School Academic Workload Allocation Committee
- MOstSc RMIT, 1998
- BAppSc (Osteopathy) RMIT, 1995
- BSurv Melbourne University, 1977
- Member, Australian Osteopathic Association
- Educational representative on the Australia and New Zealand Osteopathic Council
- Burke, S.,Myers, R.,Zhang, A. (2013). A profile of osteopathic practice in Australia 2010-2011: a cross sectional survey In: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 14, 1 - 10
- Hartup, J.,Murphy, R.,Plowman, L.,Myers, R. (2010). Progression through osteopathic training in Australia: The student experience In: International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine , 13, 160 - 165
- Xue, C.,Zhang, A.,Lin, V.,Myers, R.,Polus, B.,Story, D. (2008). Acupuncture, chiropractic and osteopathy use in Australia: A national population survey In: BMC Public Health, 8, 1 - 8
- Demonstration of an animal model for developing evidence of the effectiveness of osteopathic treatment approaches for hypertension. Funded by: National Fund for Research into Osteopathy Contract from (2006 to 2006)