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Autumn 2016 Newsletter and Post-Meeting Report

President's Letter

Dear Colleagues,

I feel very honored and proud to be writing my first newsletter as Chair of the Osteopathic International Alliance. I have been involved with the OIA for a number of years and have been a regular contributor, even prior to any official role, and I truly believe in the OIA.
I thoroughly enjoyed our Conference and Annual General Meeting in Anaheim, and it was so good to hear from so many. One of many highlights was the presentation from Jacson Nesi on his experiences working as an osteopath at the Rio Olympics. It was a great way to close the conference, but it also made me proud to feel the OIA had made a difference. The Olympic Special Interest Groups at our conference helped create a space for sharing best practices that helped Brazil to get osteopathy included at the Rio games. Documents created by the OIA also helped with the Brazilian osteopaths having the ability to have no restriction on techniques they could perform, including HVLA. We have high hopes for similar achievements in 2020 at the Tokyo games.
You will see in this newsletter that a lot happened in Anaheim. I would like to thank the OIA team, led at the conference by Chasati Allen, who worked so hard to make the event a success. Chasati has now left the OIA secretariat, and we wish her well. We also welcome two new members to the OIA family, staff members Amy Byerwalter and Sophia Newman. I have been working regularly with them since the conference, and they are a great addition to the team.
One message we got at Anaheim was that members thought our communication had been a little lacking recently. This has been due to the changes in secretariat support we received from the AOA when Josh Kerr, Linda Mascheri, and Verna Bronersky left. It has taken the AOA some time to recruit the right people for the roles we needed. This created a gap which was hard to fill until people were in post. As mentioned above, these people are now on board, so I hope we will do better in the future. Please do get in contact if you feel you need more information on matters.
We have a lot to do and a lot to think about some of which is covered in our update on strategic planning. I cannot move on though without thanking the previous Chair, Dr. Jane Carreiro, who led the OIA so strongly. I feel slight nerves taking over from such a legend. Thank you, Jane. We owe you a huge debt.
I hope that the organization will continue to thrive under my leadership. I look forward to serving you and the profession to the best of my ability and hope that as the OIA we can continue to make a difference.
Your Chair,
Charles Hunt, DO (UK)
2016 Conference & AGM Wrap-Up
The OIA is proud to have had another pleasant and productive annual gathering this September, in Anaheim, California, in conjunction with the OMED conference. The OIA meeting included Jacson Nesi’s remarks on the 2016 Rio Olympics, a brief report on the OIA’s ongoing successful relationship with the World Health Organization, and a number of business decisions.
Official business included welcoming new staff members, approving dues changes (please see below), and ratifying new members. To the existing 82 organizational members from 32 countries, we added one new associate member organization (the Russian Osteopathic Association, a merger of ROR and UNRO) and four partner member organizations (Registro degli Osteopati d’Italia, Korean Osteopathic Institute, Japan Osteopathic Professional Association and Madrid School of Osteopathy).
Finally, we planned for a survey to all members in late 2016, announced the dates of International Osteopathic Health Week (16-22 April 2017), and planned the 2017 OIA conference, which will be in Auckland, New Zealand on 9-10 September, 2017. Mark your calendars! Additional conference news is included below.
Click here to see minutes & presentations from our Anaheim meeting.
A Warm Welcome to the new Board
The OIA is proud to welcome a new board. Along with a new president, the board now includes Dr. William Burke (Chair-Elect), Dr. John Gimpel (Treasurer), Ms. Ana Paula Ferreira, Mr. Stephen Hartshorn, Mr. Antony Nicolas, Dr. Karen Nichols, Dr. Jane Carreiro (Past Chair). The board also welcomes Dr. Frank Mueller, who is joining for the first time. View their biographies here.
Dr. Alain Wurtz completed his first term as a board member, but due to personal reasons felt unable to stand for a second term. We thank him for his service.
Dues Changes
At the general meeting in September, members approved a change in dues for the first time since 2010. The purpose of this modest increase is to ensure OIA’s stability and ability to serve its members and achieve the goals outlined in the new strategic plan. The changes will take effect following the Annual General Meeting in spring 2017. Full members will now pay $500 + $4/member (capped at $25,000); Associate members will pay $900; and Partner members will pay $650. To pay dues, you can visit the OIA website or contact our Secretariat.
New Bylaws & Strategic Planning
In addition to the reflections above, we’d like to draw your attention to our decision on amendments to our bylaws. You can see a brief description of what has changed, the updated bylaws, and the previous version on the new Bylaws page of the OIA website.
Similarly, the OIA much of spent 2016 considering an update to its strategic plan. This was timely as the previous overview (2014-2016) has been completed. The new strategic plan represents an update to the mission, vision, and foci of the OIA, and is on our website here.
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