Section: Overview
Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching
Career

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Effectiveness of manual therapy for pain
  • Neurobiological mechanisms of osteopathic manipulative therapy
  • Use of manipulative techniques by the osteopathic profession
  • Evidence-based practice in osteopathy
  • Electrophysiological measures

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About Gary Fryer

Dr Gary Fryer is an Associate Professor and Course Chair in Osteopathic Medicine at Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia.

Gary completed his osteopathic training in 1991 and practiced osteopathy in Melbourne, Brisbane, and currently in rural Victoria.

He has been extensively involved in osteopathic education and research, having taught osteopathic principles, technique, and research methods at Victoria University since 1997.

Gary's research interests have been diverse and include the reliability of palpation, the use of osteopathic techniques by the international profession, the biomechanical effects of spinal manipulation, and the neurophysiological mechanisms of manipulative treatment. He has been an advocate of an evidence-informed approach to teaching and practicing osteopathy.

After completing his PhD in 2007, Gary moved to Kirksville, Missouri, for a two-year period where he conducted research with the A.T. Still Research Institute and taught osteopathic manipulative medicine at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.

He has authored over 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals, many book chapters, and has been an invited speaker at osteopathic conferences in Australia, the United States, United Kingdom, Europe and Brazil.

Qualifications

  • PhD, Victoria University, Australia, 2007
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathy), Phillip Institute of Technology, Australia, 1990
  • Diploma of Naturopathy, New South Wales College of Natural Therapies, Australia, 1985

Key publications

Year Citation
2019 Leach, M. J., Sundberg, T., Fryer, G., Austin, P., Thomson, O. P., & Adams, J. (190717). An investigation of Australian osteopaths' attitudes, skills and utilisation of evidence-based practice: A national cross-sectional survey. BMC Health Services Research, 19(1),

doi: 10.1186/s12913-019-4329-1

2019 Hodges, P. W., Cholewicki, J., Popovich, J. M., Lee, A. S., Aminpour, P., Gray, S. A., Cibulka, M. T., Cusi, M., Degenhardt, B. F., & Fryer, G. (190101). Building a Collaborative Model of Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction and Pelvic Girdle Pain to Understand the Diverse Perspectives of Experts. PM and R,

doi: 10.1002/pmrj.12199

2018 Sundberg, T., Leach, M. J., Thomson, O. P., Austin, P., Fryer, G., & Adams, J. (181208). Attitudes, skills and use of evidence-based practice among UK osteopaths: A national cross-sectional survey. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 19(1),

doi: 10.1186/s12891-018-2354-6

2017 Fryer, G. (171201). Integrating osteopathic approaches based on biopsychosocial therapeutic mechanisms. Part 2: Clinical approach. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 26 (36-43).

doi: 10.1016/j.ijosm.2017.05.001

2017 Franke, H., Franke, J. D., Belz, S., & Fryer, G. (171001). Osteopathic manipulative treatment for low back and pelvic girdle pain during and after pregnancy: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 21(4), (752-762).

doi: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2017.05.014

2017 Fryer, G. (170901). Integrating osteopathic approaches based on biopsychosocial therapeutic mechanisms. Part 1: The mechanisms. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 25 (30-41).

doi: 10.1016/j.ijosm.2017.05.002

2017 Fryer, G., Bird, M., Robbins, B., & Johnson, J. C. (170701). Acute electromyographic responses of deep thoracic paraspinal muscles to spinal manual therapy interventions. An experimental, randomized cross-over study. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 21(3), (495-502).

doi: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2017.04.011

2017 Franke, H., Franke, J. D., & Fryer, G. (170201). Osteopathic treatment of chronic nonspecific neck pain. Osteopathische Medizin, 18(1), (4-10).

doi: 10.1016/S1615-9071(17)30009-6

2016 Fryer, G. (161201). Somatic dysfunction: An osteopathic conundrum. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 22 (52-63).

doi: 10.1016/j.ijosm.2016.02.002

2016 Vaughan, B., Moran, R., Tehan, P., Fryer, G., Holmes, M., Vogel, S., & Taylor, A. (160901). Manual therapy and cervical artery dysfunction: Identification of potential risk factors in clinical encounters. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 21 (40-50).

doi: 10.1016/j.ijosm.2016.01.007

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

Capabilities for Experienced Osteopathic Practice, and variation of agreement 18/9/2015.
From: Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
Investigators: Aspr Patrick Mclaughlin, Mr Brett Vaughan
For period: 2012-2015
$37,320

Supervision of research students at VU

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Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 Masters by Research Principal supervisor
2 PhD Associate supervisor
1 PhD Principal supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
Masters by Research (1) Principal supervisor
PhD (2) Associate supervisor
PhD (1) Principal supervisor

Teaching activities & experience

Teaching responsibilities:
 
Clinical Skills (Osteopathy)
Evidence-based practice for Osteopathy
Osteopathic Science
Research Project 1
 
Coordination:
 
Course Chair - HBSO Bachelor of Science (Osteopathy)
Course Chair - HMHO Master of Health Science (Osteopathy)

Key academic roles

Dates Role Department / Organisation
Jan 2011 - Sep 2019
Associate Professor
Victoria University
Jan 2009 - Jan 2011
Senior Lecturer in Osteopathy
Victoria University
Jan 2007 - Jan 2009
Research Associate Professor
A. T. Still Research Institute
Jan 2007 - Jan 2009
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, MO, USA
Jan 2005 - Jan 2007
Senior Lecturer in Osteopathy
Victoria University
Jan 1997 - Jan 2005
Lecturer in Osteopathy
Victoria University
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Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Jan 2011 -
Sep 2019
Associate Professor
Victoria University
Jan 2009 -
Jan 2011
Senior Lecturer in Osteopathy
Victoria University
Jan 2007 -
Jan 2009
Research Associate Professor
A. T. Still Research Institute
Jan 2007 -
Jan 2009
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, MO, USA
Jan 2005 -
Jan 2007
Senior Lecturer in Osteopathy
Victoria University
Jan 1997 -
Jan 2005
Lecturer in Osteopathy
Victoria University
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Key industry, community & government roles

Dates Role Department/Organisation
Jan 2017 - Sep 2019
Editorial Committee Member
International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine
Jan 2005 - Sep 2019
International Advisory Board Member
Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Jan 2017 - Sep 2019
Editorial Committee Member
International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine
Jan 2005 - Sep 2019
International Advisory Board Member
Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies

Awards

Year Award
2010

Teaching Excellence Award - Osteopathy Team - Faculty of Health, Engineering & Science, Victoria University

2010

Best Research Poster Award - International Conference for the Advancement of Osteopathic Research (ICAOR), 8th International ICOM, Milan, Italy

2006

Best Established Researcher Award - 6th International Conference for the Advancement of Osteopathic Research, London, UK

2005

AOA Research Award - Australian Osteopathic Association

2004

Best Established Researcher Award - International Conference for the Advancement of Osteopathic Research (ICAOR), 5th International LECOM, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

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Invited keynote speeches

Year Title/Description
2017

New models for osteopathic education

UCO Education Conference, University College of Osteopathy, London, UK

2017

Evidence-informed osteopathic treatment of neck pain and headaches

Asia-Pacific Conference of Osteopathic Medicine, Seoul, South Korea

2017

Osteopathic approaches across the lifespan: Muscle Energy Technique - Traditional approach and variations

Emirates Osteopathic Conference, Dubai, U.A.E.

2016

Integrating osteopathic techniques based on biopsychosocial mechanisms

International Symposium on Advances in Osteopathic Research, Verband der Osteopathen Deutschland (VOD) Kongress, Bad Nauheim, Germany

2015

Somatic dysfunction – can neurological models explain the palpable clinical findings?

Forum on Manual Medicine (conference), Stockholm, Sweden

2015

Integrating osteopathic techniques based on physiological and psychosocial mechanisms

Osteopaths New Zealand Conference, Wellington, N.Z.

2015

Somatic dysfunction: Can neurological models explain the palpable clinical findings. Manual therapy, electromyography, and motor neuron excitability

Forum on Manual Medicine Conference, Stockholm, Sweden

2014

Spinal manipulation & the evidence – crunching the numbers on effectiveness & therapeutic mechanisms

10th International Conference on Advances in Osteopathic Research (ICAOR), Sao Paulo, Brazil

2013

Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment and Motor Neuron Excitability

Seventh International Symposium on Advances in Osteopathic Research, International Congress of Osteopathic Medicine. Bamberg, Germany

2012

Research and clinical teaching in osteopathic programmes: a question of balance?

Teaching Research Open Forum 2012, Osteopathic European Academic Network (OsEAN), Paris, France

2010

The role of physiological measurement in osteopathic research

International Conference for the Advancement of Osteopathic Research (ICAOR), 8th International ICOM, Milan, Italy

2008

The Art & Science of 21st Century Osteopathy

Akademie fur Osteopathie Kongress 2008, Schlangenbad, Germany

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Professional memberships

  • Professional member, Osteopathy Australia