• The first ORION article has published.
  • Four sub-studies for ORION completed in 2018!

ORION Project Overview 

The Osteopathy Research and Innovation Network (ORION) Project is the world-first national practice-based research network (PBRN) focused exclusively upon osteopathy. With generous financial support from Osteopathy Australia (OA), ORION is designed and independently conducted by UTS:ARCCIM – the Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine at the University of Technology Sydney.

ORION is designed to help grow the evidence-base and research capacity in Australian osteopathy over coming years. At its heart, ORION is an inclusive project which will help connect all researchers and osteopaths across the breadth of the profession with a view to coordinating and advancing research activity for the good of osteopathy practice and patient outcomes. Unlike some other health research project designs, a PBRN such as that employed by ORION helps ensure research questions and the insights gained from empirical investigation are grounded in and of direct relevance to daily routine care, practitioners, and patients. For further information please also see the ORION page on the Osteopathy Australia website  http://www.osteopathy.org.au/pages/orion.html

During 2015 the ORION Project team headed by Distinguished Professor Jon Adams have been busy establishing a Project Steering Committee, promoting this project at various events, gaining human ethics approval and designing and preparing the initial ORION fieldwork for the first half of 2016. We are extremely excited by the response and feedback of so many of you within the osteopathy community on our travels. Thank you to all of you who have expressed your support and encouragement for the ORION Project to date. Click the link below to make sure you and your practice are included. Be part of the ORION initiative and have your say!

ORION questionnaire now live! 

 ORION Sub-study EOI application

An Expression of Interest (EOI) process has been designed to help manage ORION PBRN sub-study proposals. EOI submissions are encouraged from clinicians, researchers, potential funders and others. Both international and national investigators are welcomed. EOI submissions will be subject to scientific review by the ORION Project Steering Committee to ensure quality, rigour, fit and other important criteria. The sub-study submission and approval process is a free service provided by the ORION research team.

All possible Sub-study EOI lead investigators are required to first discuss their proposal and study-idea with Distinguished Prof Jon Adams(jon.adams@uts.edu.au). Below you will find links to the official ORION PBRN Sub-study EOI Application Form:

ORION Substudy EOI Application Form

In addition, ORION is focused upon osteopathy research capacity building. Masters and PhD students and/or supervisors of such students (where applicable) are also very much welcomed and are strongly encouraged to contact the ORION Project Chief Investigators if they wish to enquire re: drawing upon the ORION national practitioner database for sub-study recruitment purposes. The student does NOT have to enrol at UTS and may be enrolled at another university. Potential Masters and PhD students who wish to enrol at UTS as part of the ORION study may contact either Distinguished Prof Jon Adams for further information. All Masters and PhD students will be required to submit a Sub-study EOI application (see link above).

ARCCIM: A World-Leading Public Health and Health Services Research Centre

Click on the video below for a brief introduction to ARCCIM by Distinguished Professor Jon Adams.

You can also visit the UTS: ARCCIM website here to read more about the wider program and other initiatives of this world-leading research Centre.