ORION Relaunch is now OPEN


The ORION Project invites all osteopaths in clinical practice to participate in a workforce survey to contribute to the growing evidence about osteopathy. If you have previously signed up and participated in the ORION project, The survey will only take approximately 10 minutes of your time to complete. Please click on this link to get started and to share your practice experiences, insights, and circumstances XXXXXXXXX

By describing your practice and clinical characteristics, your unique experience will become part of the future of osteopathy research. Participants can also become part of the ORION network with no fee and no obligation simply by completing the section at the end of the workforce survey.

Since 2016, ORION has produced 23 peer-reviewed journal articles and 9 research sub-studies based on grassroots clinical practice and practitioner experiences. ORION research has provided important insights into the practices and contributions of osteopathy in Australia.

ORION is conducted and managed by researchers at the School of Public Health at UTS, led by Associate Professor Amie Steel and Distinguished Professor Jon Adams. Research ethics approval granted by UTS (ETH23-8622).

ORION Project Overview 

The Osteopathy Research and Innovation Network (ORION) Project is the world’s first national practice-based research network (PBRN) focused exclusively on 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 practising 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.

During 2015, the ORION Project team, headed by Distinguished Professor Jon Adams, was busy establishing a Project Steering Committee, promoting this project at various events, gaining human research 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 from so many of you within the osteopathy community during our travels.

Thank you to all who have expressed your support and encouragement for the ORION Project.

ORION Sub-study/Secondary data analysis EOI application

An Expression of Interest (EOI) process has been designed to help manage ORION PBRN sub-study proposals as well as secondary data analysis applications. EOI submissions are encouraged from clinicians, researchers, potential funders, and others. Both international and national investigators are welcome.

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 team.

ORION is focused upon osteopathy research capacity building. Masters and PhD students and/or their supervisors are 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 and enquire re: using de-identified workforce survey data for secondary analysis purposes. The student does NOT have to enrol at UTS and may be enrolled at another university.

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

ORION EOI Application Form: Sub-study

ORION EOI Application Form: Secondary analysis

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.