MPA Honoured Membership

MPA History

The history of manual or manipulative physiotherapy in Australia dates back to the early years of its worldwide evolution in the 1950s. However, it was not until the mid 1960s when the formal education of manipulative therapists began, under the guidance of Geoffrey Maitland and his colleagues. It was also during this decade, in 1966, that the Manipulative Therapists’ Association of Australia (MTAA),later known as the Manipulative Physiotherapists’ Association of Australia (MPAA) and now known as Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia (MPA) was formed. Created by those physiotherapists with a special interest in the management of neuromusculoskeletal conditions by way of manipulative therapy, admission to the MTAA was permitted only after completion of a clinical examination or the formal course at The University of Adelaide. From the beginning a focus on quality was evident and acknowledged as critical for the development of the profession and our group.


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Honoured Members

Since MPA’s inception 49 years ago, titled members of MPA who have made an outstanding and distinguished contribution to musculoskeletal physiotherapy, and to MPA, have been awarded Honoured Membership (formerly known as Distinguished Membership and previously Life Membership) of MPA, by their fellow members. We are delighted to pay tribute to these MPA Honoured Members.


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