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Paul Orrock
Dr Paul Orrock
DO, ND, GradCertHE(T&L)(SCU), MAppSc(VU), PhD, DBM(VU)
Current Appointment: Senior Lecturer (Teaching Scholar)
Organisational Unit: Faculty of Health

Telephone: 02 6626 9136
Facsimile: 02 6620 3307
Campus: Lismore

Paul originally trained as a general nurse, and has qualifications in Naturopathy and Osteopathy. He has practiced as a Naturopath and Osteopath for twenty five years in Sydney, Melbourne and now Byron Bay. Paul has lectured at the Australasian and Sydney Colleges of Natural Therapies, Sydney University (Nursing), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University and Victoria University (Osteopathy), and has been involved in setting up and managing student clinic facilities. Paul has completed research into both clinical and educational aspects of his professions. He was a member of the research team investigating Competency Based Assessment for overseas applicants for osteopathic registration, funded by the Federal Government (NOOSR) in 1992-3. He also investigated the development of a compulsory Continuing Education policy for the Australian Osteopathic Association in 1992-3 by a survey of members and a literature review of the activities of other health professions. This resulted in the approval of a CPD policy for the national profession. Paul completed a research Masters degree in pelvic function in gait at Victoria University in 2002. The thesis was titled "The association of osteopathic tests and diagnoses of sacroiliac joint dysfunction with ground reaction forces during gait". This study had a primary aim of exploring the osteopathic method of diagnosis which has not been validated experimentally - this has continued to be an interest in Paul's scholarly activities. Paul presented these findings to a number of national and international peers, including at the World Congress on Low Back and Pelvic Pain in Montreal, 2001. Paul has also been principal investigator of research into the osteopathic profession. He completed the Osteopathic Census 2004 - a pivotal workplace survey of osteopaths and their patients, the results of which have been published in the international peer reviewed literature, and presented to the national and international osteopathic professions. This project was funded by a grant from the Australian Osteopathic Association. Paul has run clinical trials into the efficacy of various natural and complementary medicines, including a trial on the use of acupuncture in the treatment of Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis). This interest in testing the clinical benefits of complementary medicine has led to him studying for a PhD. This project is looking at constructing and trialling a clinical trial methodology based on real practice (or "whole practice"), and is entitled "The effects of osteopathic medicine intervention on chronic low back pain using a whole practice model". The development of this model has included a systematic review, practitioner and patient surveys, patient interviews and a practitioner focus group. Paul has broader research interests in clinical education and the use of Problem and Scenario Based Learning, both of which were prominent in the scholarly projects during his Graduate Certificate of Higher Education and utilised in the curriculum development for the osteopathic medicine programme at SCU. Recently he has been involved in a collaborative educational project "Benchmarking the assessment of clinical reasoning in osteopathic programmes" and has been lead investigator in the development of a valid tool for the oral assessment of clinical reasoning. During his professional life, he has held many positions within the Australian Osteopathic Association, including State President, Continuing Education developer and Chair of the Research Council. Paul has been invited to participate in many government enquiries and committees dealing with the field of Natural and Complementary Medicine, and his goal is to ensure that all members of the public have access to safe and effective healthcare from these professions.