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From the President Winter 2014

Jacquie Strudwick - Thursday, August 14, 2014
Dear Colleagues,
We hope that you all have been enjoying our winter season for 2014.

Happy Birthday to SOTO-A!

I am very excited to announce that we have reached a milestone, SOTO-Australasia is celebrating 40 years of SOT seminars and education in Australia since its inception in 1974. This is indeed a time to celebrate and relish where we started as an organisation and how far our we have come. It is certainly not without the extraordinary effort of many that have worked tirelessly for a greater purpose to see the development of a legacy continue.

Mid Year Retreat

Set in the beautiful backdrop of Noosa, it was certainly a great place to escape the winter cold, and learn some great techniques from a couple of our founding members.
I could not think of a better way to start celebrations, than to have two of our early pioneers and first SOTO-A president Dr Scott Parker and Dr Keith Bastian, present at our Mid Year Retreat. It was so appropriate to have these 2 extraordinary gentleman come together again to share their knowledge and love of SOT. The seminar did cover some great clinical gems, and some innovative work that was exciting to see.

Annual Convention

This year for our Annual convention, we have the pleasure of having past SORSI president, Chiropractor of the year (SORSI) and Chiropractor to the New York Jets, Dr John Crescione come to visit our shores. His extensive background in martial arts, acupuncture together with his comprehensive knowledge of CMRT, is the right formula for an exciting seminar on the 1-2 November in Hobart. Dr Crescione will be presenting ‘Advanced CMRT, with the focus of concepts that involve TCM, advanced line fibre work and added visceral corrections. Right in the heart of the city, with the Salamanca markets close by, chosen by lonely plants top 5 destinations of the world, will look to be the perfect location for a great seminar.  Definitely one not one to be missed..

Board Direction

This year the board has been working hard to direct our focus to the internal functions of the organisation, by furthering our structure and planning.  One of the key areas that we have been addressing has been the allocation of key roles for each board member. This has allowed us to work more cohesively, giving each board member key responsibilities and roles to serve. Our plan to have seminars organised two to three years in advance is proving to work to our advantage, as we prepare and lock in speakers, venues and dates, saving us time and improving negotiations. Having Jacquie now move into her second year with SOTO-A is certainly making things easier for her, as she gains in more confidence as co-ordinator.

New Zealand

We are also proud to announce that we will be having a presence in New Zealand’s Lyceum on the 19-21st September, as they also celebrate their 20 year anniversary of the NZCC. It is our intention to help build and support SOT in NZ, as our fellow Tasman brothers and sisters. It is always a great pleasure to return to Lyceum and be part of the celebrations. If you attending be sure to visit us at the stands and pick up information about next year’s series and locations.

SORSI

For this year’s SORSI homecoming seminar, scheduled for Houston Texas 22-26th October, I have had the pleasure of being invited to present. This is indeed an honour and a privilege, to be part of this international seminar. I also look forward to representing SOTO-A, as president, at the international meeting.

Seminar Series

As we reach the end of our SOT basic series, I wish to extend a sincere thank you, on behalf of the SOTO-A board, to all our ‘Table Educators ‘ and ‘Assistant Table Educators for their time, energy and commitment to helping the organisation produce a successful seminar series. I wish to acknowledge Drs. Trudi Bellis, Joanne Bickett, Bec Bowring, Shaun Cashman, Maree Chilton, Steve Doig, Michael Dunn, Krystall Ford, Richard Foskett, Marc Frochot, Peter Grant, Samantha Haitsma, Marti Harris, Fiona Haughie, Jana Judd, Sarah Mannes, Tim Mannes, Patrick McCann, Sally Mikhael, Belinda Owen, Linda Power, Georgia Quinn, Jo Sexton, Christian Varney, Luke Varney, Carmel Whelan, Jim Whittle, Stephanie Willis, Tori Wright, Emma Zappia.

You were indeed chosen, and please consider it an honour to be selected amongst the many and a reflection of your hard work in practising SOT with excellence. To our Primary Educators, Drs Sam Culley, Brett Houlden, Troy Miles, Andrew Paul, thank you for your dedication and ability to convey and teach the principles and techniques of SOT to the delegates. We are grateful for your involvement.

Advanced Module

Our advanced module for 2014, will be ‘Intraorals’, presented by Dr Brett Houlden and Dr Troy Miles in Melbourne on 11th October between 12.30 pm – 6.00 pm . If you haven’t registered yet, there may still be some spots left.

2015 Mid Year Retreat

We are also excited to announce that our 2015 Mid Year Retreat will be held in Fiji in July next year Dr Jo Sexton and Dr Sandy Clarke will be taking us through looking at the ‘Tounge Tie & Peads Neuro etc etc, with Specific dates and venue to be released soon.

2015 Seminar Series

Our dates and locations are locked in for next year For those of you who would like to help out during next year’s series, as either a Table Educator (TE) or Assistant Table Educator (ATE), be sure to let Jacquie know be sending her an email at sotoa@bigpond.com to be considered.
Finally, our high caliber of SOT practitioners that we have both here in Australia and New Zealand, is a reflection of dedication by a passionate board, good structured and consistent seminars second to none internationally, a forum to allow growth and expansion of SOT principles, a group of well trained Primary educators, and a supportive team of table and assistant table educators. Not to mention to co-ordinator that keeps the wheels in motion, which at times can prove to be challenging with a group of visionaries. Not so easy.  At the end, then you get to take it to the test, by deciding to sit your ‘Certification exams’.

Why would you??

You would because you owe it to yourself, your patients that come to you for help, and your community that needs what you have to offer. This would not be possible if we wanted to live and easy and comfortable life. Rather we challenge ourselves to grow, both professionally and within a framework that you can trust in, one that will always let you know what outcome has been achieved at any stage. If Chiropractic and SOT is to emerge from this time of change in our profession, then you owe it to yourself to be the best you can be, and strive for excellence.
If you are considering sitting your certification exams, do it!! It will be the best decision that you make, and one that you will look back with gratitude that you took the challenge.

Our certification this year is scheduled for 22 November 2014 in Sydney. If this is something that you want to do, be sure to contact the office.

I wish you all the very best and look forward to seeing you all at our next SOT event.

Yours in SOT,
Dr. Gerald Vargas

News from the President Autumn 2014

Jacquie Strudwick - Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Dear Colleagues,

At SOTO-Australasia, we trust that you’ve started the year running and things are growing positively in your lives and practice. I would also like to welcome and acknowledge our new and existing members, and sincerely thank you for your ongoing support and commitment to our organisation. Without such, we could not continue to deliver a high standard of educational seminars and service to the membership.
I would also like to acknowledge Dr Scott Wustenburg for his service and commitment whilst on the board during 2012-2013. On behalf of SOTO-A, we sincerely appreciate your efforts and wish you the very best.

To our relatively new co-ordinator, Jacquie Strudwick, we thank you for your hard work and perseverance in helping the organisation run smoothly and look forward to your ongoing involvement.
Our well anticipated seminar series for 2014 is well underway, with the help of our valued Primary Educators and assisting educators to deliver and teach Dr DeJarnette’s legacy and knowledge of SOT.

Recent Board Meeting:

At our recent planning meeting in March, we have discussed plans to develop more seminars with allied health professional such as dentists, lactation consultants and the like, to support and share information that will benefit each profession. It is also our aim to foster and encourage the expansion of SOT knowledge and techniques, whilst keeping our foundations strong and steady. By doing so, we allow SOT to move into other realms of development, keeping it fresh, current and innovative. We have also looked more closely at redefining our statement of purpose as an organisation which is part of what steers the direction in which we head. We have also strategically looked at how we can become more effective in how we serve the membership, by introducing in the near future webinars and online modules for furthering SOT information. We will be also updating much of our SOT brochures to be referenced by scientific literature, giving you a solid platform.

Mid Year Retreat:

We are excited to announce our well anticipated seminar, by SOT legends Dr Scott Parker and Dr Keith Bastian. It has been sometime since these two SOT great’s have presented together in such beautiful and luscious surroundings such as Noosa scheduled for 11-12 July, titled “Gems from the legends”. For those of you who are new or unfamiliar to the history of SOT, both these gentlemen have been instrumental to the foundation and development of SOT in Australia, as original students of Major DeJarnette. Dr Scott Parker was our very first SOTO-A president.
They will be presenting “Advanced Categories and Advanced Cranial’s”. This will be undoubtedly one to book well in advance...

Advanced Module:

This year we will be presenting “Intra-oral Cranial’s”, with Dr Brett Holden and Dr Troy Miles in Melbourne, Victoria on the 11th October, as a part of our advanced module. Both presenters are very well versed in the arena of Craniopathy and will outline and demonstrate procedures to address specific cranial dysfunction. In addition, you will learn what indicators, both visual and static, together with specific indicator testing to know where and what cranial bone to adjust. This will include assessment and corrections for the occiput, temporal and frontal bones respectfully
Please see our website www.soto.net.au for registration details or call Jacquie at SOTO – A HQ.

Annual Convention:

DR JOHN CRESCIONE PRESENTS ADVANCED CMRT

It is with great pleasure and excitement that we welcome Dr Crescione onto our shores for the 2014 Annual Convention located in the heart of Hobart, Tasmania 1-2 November.
Voted as 2004 International Chiropractor of the year, former chiropractor to the New York Jets football team and past president and Vice president of SORSI over numerous years; Dr Crescione brings his extensive knowledge of visceral dysfunction and applications for what began as “ Bloodless surgery”.
Dr Crescione will present information on Advanced CMRT procedures, improved palpatory assessment of visceral systems, advanced line 1,2, 3 assessment and applications and much more. His engaging and dynamic personality has made him a well sought out as presenter both in the USA, but also Brazil and Korea. This is one definitely one not to be missed.

Lastly, on behalf of the board we hope you had a very happy and safe Easter, together with your loved ones, family and friends.

Thank you for allowing us to serve you as a part of our organisation.
Yours in SOT.
DR Gerald Vargas

FROM THE PRESIDENT

Jacquie Strudwick - Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Dear SOT Colleagues,

Marc Pick Presents Cranial & Dissection

In response to much feedback from our members we have brought Dr Marc Pick back to share his amazing cranial and dissection knowledge.
It is an essential for anyone who wants a clear understanding of cranial motion and how to be most effective with your cranial adjusting.
A CA program will been presented again with a host of information aimed at all levels of CA experience.

Our Recent Board Meeting

The Board had a planning meeting earlier in the month to plan the next 3-5 years for the organisation. Also discussed and addressed was a marketing strategy to enhance our presence within the profession.  Recent Board activities have been to create pocket cards for the Advanced Modules, more SOT presence within the student body at the Universities, and organise mid year retreat, an advanced module and another extra extremity workshop in December by Jesper Dahl.
We now request that a waiver form be signed by all delegates at any SOT seminar to have consent for workshop and hands-on sessions. This is a standard requirement in organisational procedures.

More Portable Tables at our Seminars!

SOTO-A recently purchased another 34 portable couches to ensure all delegates have effective workshops at the Seminar Series. This was in response to feedback from the attendees that this area could be improved upon. Another area that needed improvement was the Table Educator to delegate ratio. This should be rectified next year though with the introduction of the new requirements for maintaining certification. To me, this results in a win-win situation all round. Delegates get a better experience and SOT education while the educators refresh their knowledge and become mentors for those new to SOT. It is also useful for our certainty in SOT when we are asked why we do what we do. De Jarnette was a brilliant man, but for the inquiring mind, modern theory and neurology is required to justify what we do in SOT. Our current Primary Educators do a fantastic job at explaining SOT at this level.

Jacquie our Coordinator has embraced the position and is eagerly anticipating our Annual Convention. Please ensure that you have updated our new headquarter details in your contacts.

SOTO-A delegates to Assist at SORSI Homecoming

Gerald Vargas, Brett Houlden and myself are heading over to the SORSI Homecoming in October to assist with their teaching of the International Basic Series. Also presenting will be Steve Williams, Marc Pick, Jon Howat, Suzanne Seekins and many more. I am immensely proud of the quality of our educating team and I know the “Australian Standard” is becoming renown. This is the first big step for SORSI to fully embrace the International teaching material and realise the global potential this holds for unity and further growth.

Lastly, good luck to those attempting the certification exams in November. I hope to see you all at the Annual Convention in Sydney.

Yours in Health,
Darren

MID YEAR RETREAT QUEENSTOWN 2013

Jacquie Strudwick - Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Queenstown New Zealand, set a picturesque and majestic backdrop for much anticipated mid year retreat for SOTO-Australasia on 16-17 August. We were very excited and grateful to have a diverse line-up of presenters including myself, Dr Mark Postles, Dr Samantha Haitsma, Dr Andrew Paul and Dr Darren Little
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I had the pleasure of starting the 2 day “doctor sharing seminar” outlining advanced concepts and procedures using CMRT, while discussing the neurology of line 1 and line 2 fibres. Dr Mark Postles presented a great thought provoking discussion on concepts of how structure on a biological level, also reflects on how we practice and communicate Chiropractic.

Day 2 started with Dr Sam Haitsma discussing the effect of modern diet on the development of facial structures, while presenting a great discourse on the benefits of a raw, unprocessed diet for healthy growing children.  Dr Andrew Paul, shared some great technique’s involving tonal upper cervical corrections from Dr Steve Hoffman. The seminar concluded with DR Darren Little outlining some of Dr John Farmer’s work with his Palate - Falx cranial corrections which was well received.

All in all, the weekend was a huge success and enjoyed by all, not to mention the breathtaking views and best that Queenstown had to offer. As a group we enjoyed the company of each other, together with the delegates families, in great dining and skiing not to mention.

We look forward to you joining us next year for what looks to be a regular event on the SOT calendar.

Yours in SOT.

Gerald Vargas.

2013 Mid Year Retreat

Jacquie Strudwick - Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Queenstown Mid Year Retreat

16 & 17 August 2013

Queenstown, New Zealand, is the Southern Hemisphere’s premier four season lake and alpine resort. Surrounded by majestic mountains and nestled on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown’s stunning scenery is inspiring and revitalising.

With such a huge range of activities in Queenstown, no two days will ever be the same.

Register by clicking here to download a registration form, or contact SOTO-A Co-ordinator


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