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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

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

SOT Student Club Presidents for 2013

Jacquie Strudwick - Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Welcome to our SOT Clubs for 2013.  We look forward to seeing as many students as possible at the SOT Seminar Series this year.  We have an SOTO-A Student Liaison Representative - Tori Wright ,who will be the liaison between the Board of Directors and the SOT student clubs at the universities.  Congratulations to the following students who have been appointed presidents of the individual clubs:

Each of the SOT Clubs have a Facebook page that is also linked to the SOTO-A Facebook page. (Click on the colleges above to go direct to their page!)  If you haven’t already ‘Liked’ our page, this is a great way to keep up to date with the latest SOT news!

We welcome updates from the students and will post them on our Facebook page and newsletter.

NZCC SOT Club News

Jacquie Strudwick - Wednesday, January 16, 2013
On Friday 16th November eight keen NZCC Students, Dr Adrian Stocco, Dr Samantha Culley and Dr Sam Haitsma gathered at the NZCC for the first of many NZCC SOT club gatherings.

On the evening we had a run through of Categories which the students have recently completed. Most importantly for the students we discussed how to integrate their SOT knowledge when they get into practice and how to schedule their patients when using SOT protocol.

The NZCC is strong in producing graduates committed to leadership in the science, philosophy and art of chiropractic who as a result enjoy success in practice, teaching and research.

The students who are part of the NZCC SOT club are a passionate group who envision making SOT an integral part of their practice when they graduate.  (And, not all of them will be jumping the ditch from NZ to OZ!!!)

SOT is developing a greater presence in NZ with two advanced certified DC's and one SOT certified Craniopath. We are encouraging both students to learn SOT and practicing DC's to 'dust off the blocks' and refresh their SOT knowledge.

An initiative of Dr Fiona Haughie and her family is to host the NZCC SOT club students and a select few NZ chiropractors looking to gain SOT certification in 2013 at a 'SOT boot camp' in late January. At this event we will be refreshing their categories knowledge before the NZ CMRT session the following weekend, and allowing time for observation in Fiona's thriving Napier practice along with visiting the Napier farmers market!

SOT in NZ is growing thanks to the support of the student president Jordenne Troy, SOTO-A, Dr Sam Culley and the three NZ SOT Angels; Dr Fiona Haughie, Dr Michelle Dickinson and Dr Sam Haitsma
We look forward to introducing NZ to the SOT members at the annual SOTO-A Mid-Year Retreat in Queenstown, August 2013.

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