About Us

Our mission

To further the principles of osteopathy in the cranial field through the promotion of the principles of Dr W.G.Sutherland.


Our vision

To disseminate knowledge and increase the proficiency of practitioners using osteopathy in the cranial field through the provision of high quality, best practice post graduate training.


Our history

The Sutherland Cranial Teaching Foundation of Australia and New Zealand (SCTF of ANZ) is a not for profit company limited by guarantee formed more than 20 years ago by a dedicated group of osteopaths. These practitioners studied extensively in England and the United States and were inspired to bring Osteopathy in the Cranial Field (OCF) to their colleagues in Australia and New Zealand.


Since the first course in Melbourne in 1991, the group has expanded to include more than 40 osteopaths who share a commitment to the advancement of education and teaching in osteopathy. This has enabled the teaching schedule to expand from the initial 40-hour Fundamentals of Osteopathy in the Cranial Field program to the extended program of courses now offered.


Initially affiliated with the SCTF in the USA, the SCTF of ANZ has since become an independent organisation.  The organisation continues to maintain a strong association with teaching groups in the USA, the UK and Europe.  Members of the teaching faculty regularly travel to teach in international programs and the President of the Board of the SCTF of ANZ meets annually with the Board of the SCTF in the USA.


A Board of Directors, drawn from the faculty of highly experienced osteopaths, currently administers the SCTF of ANZ. The founding members maintain their involvement with the SCTF of ANZ continuing to teach, assist with course development and provide ongoing advice.