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Dr Kylie Fitzgerald

BAppSci (LaTrobe), BSci (Clinical Sciences), MHltSci (Osteopathy), GCertTertEdu (VicMelb), Registered Osteopath – Australian Health Practitioners, Registered Osteopath (AHPRA)

Course Leader – HBSO: Bachelor of Science (Osteopathy), Lecturer

Kylie is a full time academic member of the Osteopathic Medicine teaching team. Kylie graduated from the osteopathic medicine course at Victoria University in 2002 and started her career at VU as a sessional lecturer in 2002, before being appointed as a full time lecturer in August 2005.

She is passionate about osteopathic education and has a strong interest in clinical osteopathic research and providing stimulating learning environments and opportunities for osteopathic students. Kylie has a current interest in and has recently published and presented conference papers on implementing simulated learning and pain science education in osteopathic education.

Kylie is currently undertaking the Graduate Certificate of Pain Management (Faculty of Medicine) at the prestigious University of Sydney. Embedding pain education at all levels within the osteopathy courses is an area of current focus for the osteopathy teaching team.

Kylie led internationalisation in the osteopathy in Australia with the first international clinical exchange program for osteopathic students in July 2015. Senior osteopathy students from VU are able to undertake a four week clinical exchange program with senior students from the prestigious British School of Osteopathy in London. Students undertake a four week clinical placement where they treat patients under supervision and are mentored by senior clinicians.

Key publications

Refereed journal articles

Fitzgerald, K., Denning, T., & Vaughan, B. (2017). Simulated learning activities as part replacement of clinical placements in osteopathy: A case study. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 26, 44-48.

Vaughan, B., Mulcahy, J., Coffey, A., Addinsall, L., Ryan, S., & Fitzgerald, K. (2017). A Mokken analysis of the literacy in musculoskeletal problems questionnaire. Health and quality of life outcomes, 15(1), 245.

Fitzgerald, K. & Vaughan, B. (2016). A snap-shot of attrition from the osteopathy profession in Australia. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine.

Vaughan, B., Mulcahy, J. & Fitzgerald, K. (2016). Health literacy screening of patients attending a student-led osteopathy clinic: A pilot investigation. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 24, 41-44.

Waters, M., Barkley, J., Evans, L., Fitzgerald, K., Hendry, F. & Potter, S. (2013). Self-directed learning in osteopathic education: Identifying and enhancing independent student learning. Journal of pedagogic development, 3(3).

Conference presentations

Fitzgerald, K. (2017) ‘Pain knowledge, attitudes and beliefs in osteopathy: students undertaking a 12-week course in clinical pain neurosciences’, ‘A qualitative analysis of student experiences from an international osteopathic clinical exchange placement’ and ‘A qualitative evaluation using simulated patient video resources as a replacement for clinical hours’, ‘An evaluation of the effect on graded clinical competencies of part replacement with simulated learning activities’ and ‘Utilising simulated learning in osteopathic education’ (workshops), University College of Osteopathy Education Conference, London, UK.

Fitzgerald, K. (2017) ‘Osteopathic management of women's health issues: young adulthood to peri-menopause (18-50 years)’ (keynote), ‘Osteopathic management of dysmenorrhoea’ and 'Osteopathic management of female lower urinary tract symptoms (luts)’ (workshops), Emirates Osteopathis Conference, Dubai UAE.

Fitzgerald, K. (2015), 'Evidence informed introduction to visceral osteopathic treatment and visceral treatment approach to the upper GIT', 'Evidence informed visceral treatment approach to the lower GIT' and 'Evidence informed visceral treatment approach for dysmenorrhoea' (workshops), 1st Asia-Pacific Conference of Osteopathic Medicine, Seoul, South Korea.

Research grants

Technology Enhanced Learning Grant team member (project leader Tracy Morrison), 'Enhancing osteopathic clinical education by developing simulated patient (SP) video resources', 2015-2016.

Teaching responsibilities

  • HBSO – Clinical Skills 1 & 2
  • HBOP – Osteopathic Science 3, 4, 5, 6 & Anatomy 6 (Radiology)
  • HMOP – Visceral technique


  • Course Leader: Bachelor of Science (Osteopathy), Bachelor of Science (Clinical Sciences) Osteopathic Medicine
  • Unit coordinator: Osteopathic Science 5 & 6, understanding pain

Professional memberships

  • Registered Osteopath – Australian Health Practitioners Regulation  Agency (AHPRA)
  • Member - International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)
  • Member – Australia and New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE)

Industry experience

Working part time in osteopathic practice since 2002 in urban and rural Victoria and London UK.

Areas of expertise

  • Clinical reasoning skills
  • Course accreditation
  • Evidence informed osteopathic techniques
  • Internationalisation of student learning
  • Medical laboratory tests and investigations
  • Musculoskeletal radiology

Contact details

+61 3 9919 1043