Peter Parker returned home in 2000 after 4 years abroad both interstate and internationally. He grew up in the Eaglemont area helping his father in the Eaglemont Newsagency doing paper-rounds for 15 years. After finishing at Ivanhoe Grammar he enrolled to become an Osteopath in the 5-year full time double degree course at RMIT University.
In 1995 after graduation, he accepted a position for 3 years in private practice in Noosa on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland where he worked in a family orientated practice, coupled with the care of Australian elite triathletes.
In 1998 Peter embarked on his biggest adventure setting up practice in Dublin, Ireland. There he worked for 2 years in which there were many highlights. Time was spent volunteering monthly at The London Osteopathic Centre For Children (OCC) where in any one year over 25,000 children are treated. Peter Parker formed one of many volunteer osteopaths who would work approximately every 2 weeks on children of every age. Even with the most challenging of conditions a short course of treatment often lead to a greatly improved quality of life for both the patient and the tireless parents. He also spent time treating children in Romania at Siret Orphange, a remote home for many children on the Ukraine border. It was the most horrific and at the same time the most inspiring time of his life.
Peter Parker finished off the millennium by working with the medical team for the victorious Australian Rugby Wallabies through the World Cup in 1999 held in the United Kingdom. It was a magnificent experience to work with such a professional group of people and watch as they achieved a once in a lifetime dream. He then went on to serve as the team Osteopath touring in 2000 and 2001 as the Wallabies had their most successful era ever.
Peter Parker has always been heavily involved in the progression of his profession through the peak representative body for osteopaths in Australia “Osteopathy Australia”. Peter was Victorian President in 2001/2002, Federal President 2005/2006, and Past President in 2007. He is committed to seeing Osteopaths gain the best reputation and practising rights within Australia, to make Osteopathy the number one choice in Allied Health Care for Australians.
UpStanding Kids & Bluearth Foundation
In September 2015 Peter has founded a not-for-profit charity, UpStanding Kids. Its mission was to impact the sedentary epidemic within our children. He was then approached by Bluearth Foundation firmly focused on halting the physical inactivity crisis. Peter has been on the board from 2017 and in 2019 became the CEO through to Oct 2021.
The Osteopaths of Blackburn
Heidelberg Osteopathic Clinic (HOC) was set up by Peter Parker in 2000 to offer osteopathic care to the family in a caring and relaxed environment. It grew into one of the major complimentary health providers in Northern Melbourne. With the opening of a new clinic in Blackburn in mid-2013, HOC was rebranded as The Osteopaths of Heidelberg and Blackburn.
In 2021, Heidelberg was closed to relocate to the one clinic in Blackburn.
Peter’s intent has always been to utilise the wonderful gifts of Osteopathic care in a holistic caring environment to impact on the health of his community. His passions lays in empowering humanity to move through life and Osteopathy can provide that motivation to support the healthiest lifestyle possible.
Please feel free to call Peter to assess whether Osteopathy may be able to benefit you, your family or a friend.