Chris is a lecturer in Osteopathy in the College of Health & Biomedicine.

Chris graduated from the British School of Osteopathy in 1988 and shortly after returned to Australia to develop a parallel career in practice and teaching. Running a large multidisciplinary private practice in Melbourne's eastern suburbs, his interest in teaching led to involvement at Philip Institute in 1990. He was a clinical supervisor who established RMIT's new city clinic - a role that led to lecturing and leading the program at RMIT.

In his 25 years of practice Chris has worked in diverse areas including paediatrics, workers compensation, and with refugees and participants in community sporting events. He has lectured to the profession on various topics and taught a graduate diploma in New Zealand. Chris was also a member of a team winning an award for quality teaching in 2000 (RMIT). He was a state and federal president of the Australian Osteopathic Association.

He became interested in research whilst undertaking a Masters in Professional Education and Training (MPET) with a focus on flexible, online and distance learning. A desire to undertake a PhD lead Chris to taking a role at VU in 2012 as a lecturer and completing the application for PhD this year.

Teaching responsibilities

Osteopathic technique, practice management.


Osteopathic Science 7 & 8.

Postgraduate research students and fellows


Associate supervisor 2 coursework masters groups (2012).

Current supervision

Principal supervisor 5 masters coursework students (2013).

Areas of expertise

  • Clinical education
  • General practice
  • Interprofessional education
  • Osteopathic clinical practice
  • Osteopathic paediatrics
  • Visceral technique
Chris Macfarlane

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