association of massage therapists


Ian Harris

Keynote Address: Surgery, the ultimate placebo

Ian Harris is Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at UNSW Sydney with a clinical practice based at Liverpool Hospital and an academic practice based at the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research and the Institute for Musculoskeletal Health at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and the University of Sydney. His clinical interests are in orthopaedic trauma and his research interests are centred on surgical effectiveness and include randomised trials, systematic reviews and methodological studies covering all aspects of surgery, particularly fracture surgery, joint replacement surgery and spine surgery. He has presented and published widely, including in the BMJ, the Lancet, JAMA and the New England Journal of Medicine and is author of the book Surgery, the Ultimate Placebo.

Mary O'Keeffe

Plenary Address: The importance of the words we use: implications for the treatment of MSK conditions

Mary O’Keeffe is a physiotherapist and European Union Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellow at Musculoskeletal Health Sydney, The University of Sydney. Mary was awarded her PhD in 2017 in the University of Limerick. Her PhD research examined whether tailoring multidimensional rehabilitation to the individual chronic low back pain patient enhances effectiveness. Mary is very passionate about public engagement and communicating evidence-based information about low back pain through radio, newspapers and social media. Examples include “All you ever need to know about back pain” (RTE News Ireland), “10 myths about back pain and how to cope when it strikes”, “15 things you didn’t know about back pain”, “How to move on from back pain” and “How your sleep patterns could be contributing to your back pain” (Irish Independent newspaper). Mary has published 33 papers relating to low back pain and other musculoskeletal pain conditions.

Tim Clark

Plenary Address: The Pleasure-Purpose Principle (or how I learned to stop worrying and enjoy my massage)

Breakout Workshop: Knowing Thyself: The Role of Self-awareness in Massage Therapy

Tim Clark has a diverse background, including education and the arts, which informs his holistic work as a massage therapist and psychotherapist at Time & Space Therapies in Melbourne. He completed the Diploma of Remedial Massage last year, and the Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy at the Cairnmillar Institute earlier in 2018. His Master’s thesis uses psychotherapeutic theory to examine the relationship between a massage therapist and her client.

Jenny Richardson

Plenary Address: Massage Research: Are we asking the right questions?

Jenny is the owner of Canberra Myotherapy and has over 12 years' experience in treating clients with pain and injuries. She is passionate about understanding how the body works and using this to help clients with ongoing pain. Unfortunately (for her bank balance), she is a perpetual learner so, as well as 10 million continuing education courses, she is currently undertaking a research project in massage therapy as part of a Bachelor of Science (Honours) with Charles Sturt University.

Robert Libbey

Pre-Conference Workshop: Working with Posture: A Biopsychosocial Perspective

Breakout Workshop: Ligamentous Articular Strain Techniques for the Shoulder

Robert Libbey graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 1994. As a faculty member at West Coast College of Massage Therapy, Robert served as a Senior Clinical Supervisor and instructed in the Orthopedic and Neurological Examination departments.

Robert has been studying, practicing and enhancing Ligamentous Articular Strain Techniques (LAST) for over 20 years. He incorporates evidence-informed research pertaining to fascia, joint mechanics, arthroneurology, the neurophysiological model of referred pain and the biopsychosocial model for patient management into these courses.

Josephine Keys

Pre-Conference Workshop: Key concepts in getting to the nub of your client’s back pain

Breakout Workshop: A unique look at the pelvis in health and its dis-ease

Josephine Key is a neuromusculoskeletal physiotherapist with over 45 years in clinical practice. The evolution of her model of care is the result of evaluating and integrating the available movement, fascial and neuroscience; the ample evidence gleaned from clinical practice; and the exploration and evaluation of various movement disciplines. Josephine is increasingly exploring the felt sense of movement and the ability to exploit neuroplastic change – “retraining our brain” to organise healthier movement patterns and better biomechanics.

Josephine has had a number of academic papers published in the international peer reviewed journal, Bodywork and Movement Therapy. She has presented at international congresses and conducts workshops both nationally and internationally for physiotherapists, interdisciplinary manual therapists, and movement teachers. She is the author of BACK PAIN: A movement problem. A clinical approach incorporating relevant research and practice. Published by Elsevier in 2010. She has recently completed “Freedom to move: movement therapy for spinal pain and injuries” which will be published by Handspring in September 2018.

Mirna Tarabay

Breakout Workshop: Trauma informed care

Mirna Tarabay is a psychotherapist and counsellor whose work experience with survivors of trauma spans over a decade. She has worked in a range of capacities primarily with survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Mirna has a practice in Sydney where the focus of her clinical work is with adult survivors of child abuse. She is also an educator and provides training to student counsellors at one of the leading counsellor educator institutions in Sydney. She also conducts training programs in a range of subject areas for government and community-based organisations.

Derek Zorzit

Breakout Workshop: Building for success

Derek Zorzit has run a thriving rehabilitation and massage therapy business in Canberra since 1993. During this time, he has also worked with Olympic athletes and elite sports teams, including the Brumbies and the Wallabies. He was AMT Massage Therapist of the year in 2011 and is currently serving as Vice-Chairperson of AMT.