Academy of Osteopathy


This Academy has been established to teach, share and improve Osteopathic practitioners’ knowledge and skills. Our mission is to teach Integrative Osteopathy in an environment that fosters a nurturing Osteopathic family and at the same time stays true to the original visions and teachings of our Osteopathic founders.

The Osteopathic Paediatric Masterclasses draw mostly from the work of Dr. William Garner Sutherland and his students, and is grounded in the wholistic practice of Osteopathy in the Cranial Field. The Academy offers learning opportunities that condense Sutherland’s fundamentals with the knowledge and experience of its Founder Dr. George Stylian, Osteopath, for application across a range of health modalities.

“The human body has an innate ability to move towards healing and homeostasis. Our job as practitioners is to empower this self-healing, and to do this, we must dig deep – beyond our usual vision and listening.”

About Dr George Stylian

George Stylian is a globally recognised osteopathy practitioner, teacher, and leader with 41 years of experience. He has played a crucial role in developing Osteopathic Undergraduate and Postgraduate programs in Australia, focusing on Paediatric Osteopathy, Osteopathy in the Cranial Field (OCF), and Posturology.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Why the name Dig On?

Dr Andrew Taylor Still, MD, 1826-1917, the founder of Osteopathy, was brought up on the land. His father Abraham used to send him and his brothers to dig up the potato patch. When the boys came back with the potatoes, Abraham used to send them back to dig some more, as there were more potatoes to be found. And that’s what happened. They would keep coming back with more potatoes. This taught Dr Still a valuable lesson.

So Dr Still used the saying “dig on” later in his teachings, to mean keep learning, dig deeper. The older osteopaths that came to Australia to teach us Osteopathy in the Cranial Field, (OCF) in the 1990s, also used the saying dig on; they actually told us that to them, DO, our qualification in Osteopathy, stood for dig on.

So in honour of Dr Still’s vision that as osteopaths we keep digging on, to never stop learning, to always keep expanding the scope of Osteopathy, I chose to name the Academy of Osteopathy DIG ON in honour of our founder and his students.

Who should complete this course?

This course will build on clinical sciences to equip all qualified clinical professionals to effectively treat mothers, newborns, infants and children in systematic illness and dysfunction.

What is Osteopathy according to Still & Sutherland?

Osteopathy provides a pathway to self healing. The teachings of Osteopathy have taken many paths since its inception in the late 1800’s by Andrew Taylor Still (1828 – 1917, and progression to Cranial Osteopathy by William Garner Sutherland. Much of its pure scientific theory and evidence has been lost in modern teaching methods. Variations of Osteopathy have emerged across the world to confuse the definition and purity of the profession. We have learned to mistrust the inherent skills of palpation and forget to listen to the body and the patient’s experience.

The teachings of Still and Sutherland relevant more than ever to the treatment of disease today.

1. The extensive use of pharmacological drugs in the treatment of illness symptoms, is proving to cause unacceptable side effects and dependencies, without impacting the root cause of the problem

2.  Scientific findings are recognising the significance of cerebral spinal fluid in the treatment of wide ranging dysfunctions

3.  The connection between physiological systems – brain and gut, lung and heart - is becoming more widely recognised

4.  The value of treating illness and dysfunction early in life, in order to avoid life-long suffering, is increasingly making sense to practitioners and patients alike.

This course is designed to bring back the fundamentals of Dr Still’s principles and practice of Osteopathy and Dr Sutherland’s Cranial Osteopathy to further integrate it into current practice.

It takes a wholistic, scientific and evidence-based approach to identifying and treating health issues, drawing on the inherent strengths and self-healing mechanisms of the body. In particular it focuses on this application in the treatment of mothers and newborns, infants and children to age 18 years. It aims to address illness and dysfunction at the cause, from the beginning of life, thereby eliminating years of suffering and deterioration that occur in later life.

What are the course entry requirements?

Applicants for this course must be Osteopaths or senior Osteopathic students. Payment or a deposit has to be arranged before each module. Pricing of the modules depends on whether the course is held locally or interstate. Under the current circumstances, where vaccine passports are required, I will not be teaching overseas.
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