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Dr Christopher McGrath

academic clinician - consulting osteopath

Overseas Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine in England, Member of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Clinical Anatomists, and Member of the New Zealand Pain Society, the first osteopathic member of Friends of Science in Medicine (Australia), Dr McGrath is well published in research and professional journals, see publications and may be found on ResearchGate.

As of June 2021, his research items attracted 9000 reads on the academic platform, ResearchGate. His anatomical research, published osteopathic commentary and a range of other scientific and editorial articles have been published and cited around the World, from Spain to Japan, Canada to Eastern Europe, from the UK to Scandinavia, in a wide range of journals and book chapters: medical, rheumatological, surgical, neurosurgical, anaesthetic, physical therapy, orthopaedic surgery, forensic and humanitarian nursing, medical science, osteopathic medicine, neuroscience, and medical science.

A long serving member of the New Zealand ACC Expert Panel that developed the New Zealand Acute Low Back Pain Management Guidelines, Dr McGrath brings a deep understanding of rational best practice in the musculoskeletal domain. With osteopathic clinical practice in NZ, UK and Australia, blended with research experience in anatomy, biomechanics and an all important focus on musculoskeletal evidence-based practice, Dr McGrath is currently an NZ registered health practitioner (osteopath) unique among NZ and Australian osteopaths in having doctoral (PhD) and master (MSc) degrees (Anatomy) from the Otago University School of Medical Sciences in addition to postgraduate diplomas in Occupational Health Practice (Otago) and in Biomechanics (Bioengineering Unit, Strathclyde University, Glasgow).

Active in part-time university lecturing, Dr McGrath has lectured and contributed to the clinical and functional anatomy teaching at the University of Otago postgraduate physiotherapy programme for the last 15 years. At the end of 2020 he and his anatomy colleague received an excellence in teaching award from the School of Physiotherapy. Dr McGrath also acts as a Sentinel Reader for the Health Information Research Unit, Clinical Relevance Online Rating System of McMaster University in Canada, an established global centre of evidence-based medicine. Formally, he held an Honorary Visiting Fellowship in Osteopathic Medicine at Victoria University, Melbourne, and has been a longstanding member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine (Int J Osteopath Med), and editorially involved with the Australasian Medical Journal, The Journal of Health Design, and The International Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine.