Patricia is an experienced AHPRA-registered practitioner (ie government registered professional primary health care provider). She has a Diploma in Health Science, a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Masters Degree in Osteopathy. She highly values skilled soft-tissue therapy, and properly preparing patients for each stage of their treatment. She regularly exceeds her compulsory 25 hour continuing professional development requirement with high-quality education from various sources. This means that her patients receive recent, well-informed modern health-care treatment and advice.
Having been a complex and chronic pain patient, Patricia has empathy, understanding, experience and success in helping patients with chronic and complex pain problems, including pelvic pain. Her treatment approach could be characterized as thorough, tailored, practical, informative, nuanced and multi-faceted. Patricia incorporates all her varied training and education, from Osteopathic and non-osteopathic training in health care that she has done since 1989.
From 2013-2016 she was a company director of the peak professional body representing 90% of osteopaths in Australia. She served as the National President of The Australian Osteopathic Association from 2014-2016. In March 2014 she presided over its name change to Osteopathy Australia and the initiation of ORION (Osteopathic Research & Innovation Network with ARCCIM – a high-quality research initiative for osteopathy, with the aim of eventually attracting category one research grants, and Ph.D. streams. In 2012 she was President of the State Advisory Council to the AOA, supporting and convening high-quality education opportunities. She has also served as: a professional representative for the tribunal for the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal; on the NSQHS – National Quality and Health Service Standards under the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care ACSQHC; and on Southern Cross University’s Osteopathic Programme Advisory Committee.
Patricia has always had an attraction to health-care and how the human body works since childhood. It seemed natural to her friends and family when she decided to become an osteopath, as she had always been drawn to helping people with injuries, headaches, sore backs and muscles, and first aid-needs.
In 1989 Patricia’s rewarding experience in outdoor leadership roles for teens led her to a outdoor-paramedic-like role with an elite team. In 1992, she was trained further, by a neurosurgeon and an orthopaedic rehabilitation specialist, for first-aid in extreme settings. She was hit by a car as a pedestrian in 1993, and her path to healing from the complex pain issues that arose from that experience led her to become an osteopath.
She has worked in multi-modal professional health centers, including clinics in Sydney’s Hyde Park Club, in Bondi Junction, Bella Vista and Sydney West Sports Medicine in Sydney’s west, and in a homeland in Arnhem Land as a volunteer for Hope for Health. In addition to the many everyday Aussies, and people from multicultural backgrounds that she has treated, Patricia’s skills, dedication and discrete manner have also brought her patients which have included international and national representative elite athletes, and very high-profile individuals. She addresses every patient with the same care and concern, and she respects the trust that each patient has in her when they seek treatment.
Patricia has lectured in anatomy and physiology, and physical examination 1 and 2 courses at the Australasian College of Natural Therapies (ACNT), and in 2006 wrote its distance-education course in Biomechanics and Kinesiology. She has taught field first aid to soldiers, and provided emergency care in a variety of extreme environments. She has supervised 5th year Australian Masters of Osteopathy students at an orthopaedic surgery hospital in India, and successfully treated elite international athletes, and elite artists of various fields, to help them do their work.
Patricia’s style of treating is quite varied, according to the needs of the patient. She is proficient in techniques ranging from gentle and indirect modes of treatment aimed at sensitive and slow-moving tissues, but also adept at active and direct techniques such as (but not limited to) spinal manipulation, sacroiliac joint manipulation, and peripheral joint manipulation, deep soft-tissue work, and exercise prescription.
Patricia has strong family roots in the Sunshine Coast region, since her family first drove bullocky through, settled in the region in 1874, and built the original roads. She feels like she has ‘come home’. She has always been involved in community-minded ventures, and is a current member of the Noosa chapter of the human-rights organization Zonta.
Current Professional Memberships
- Osteopathy Australia (formerly Australian Osteopathic Association) International Headache Society
- Sports Medicine Australia
- Neuro Orthopaedic Institute
- International Association for the Study of Pain
Current community memberships
- Zonta – Noosa
Recent clinically-related study by osteopath Dr Patricia Thomas in continuing professional development:
- Assessment and Exercise for an Ageing Population 6 hours
- Pelvic and Perineal Pain Management – WHRIA 6.5 hours
- Orthosports Seminar, University of NSW 8 hours
- Exercise prescription for the older patient
- Choosing for hip replacement
- Syndesmotic injury
- The evolution of shoulder instability surgery
- ALL and MPFL reconstruction – knee
- Base of thumb arthritis
- Tarsometatarsal joint injury and arthritis
- Posterolateral corner injury
- Resolving Chronic Pain with Osteopathy 14 hours
- Essentials of Effective Scoliosis Management 12.5 hours