The Osteopathic Children’s Foundation Charitable Trust(“OCF”) has been set up by a passionate group of people who want more children to have access to osteopathy in New Zealand. Cost is one of the key impediments to children having access to osteopathy and OCF’s great ambition is to overcome this obstacle. Our key focus is:
To provide free (low fee or koha based) osteopathic services for children
To fund research, teaching, fellowship support and other educational activities for the purpose of promoting and improving(free) osteopathic and other ancillary or complimentary health services for children
To purchase equipment and other services or products for hospitals and other healthcare organisations charged with the delivery of free osteopathic health services for children
Why are we doing this? Because osteopathy helps children in so many ways. The idea that children are young and flexible and don’t have musculoskeletal imbalances in their body is a myth. In virtually every condition there is a mechanical component which contributes, either as a cause or a consequence, to physical and physiological problems. Osteopathy is the science of identifying these factors and assisting the body in adjusting to them. It is not an alternative to medical treatment, it can be complementary to the mainstream healthcare approach. Osteopathy is holistic, gentle and safe.
Where are we up to?
Our current plan is to mobilise a group of experienced practitioners and run a monthly koha clinic for the community based in Hamilton. We aim to serve lower socio-economic groups through this health centre.