Australian Association of Musculoskeletal Medicine AAMM


Musculoskeletal medicine has origins that date back to the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and
Indians. The first description of treatment for spinal deformity by traction occurs in an ancient Indian text dating from between 3,500 and 1,800BC and Hippocrates also recorded treatment such as traction tables for back conditions.

However the development of musculoskeletal medicine in Australia can be traced to the UK in the 1940s where Dr James Cyriax was a major author in the field of orthopaedic medicine. His teachings had a profound influence on the medical profession in English-speaking countries including Australia.

In 1960 The Australian Association of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine was formed and later in 1971 a sub-group of members formed the Australian Association of Manipulative Medicine (AAMM) . Dr Frank May, the first President, convened the first meeting with a Rheumatologist, Dr Brian Corrigan, as Vice President. Dr Gordon Byth was secretary and Dr John Livingston was the first Treasurer. There were 14 foundation members. The Association gathered doctors from different medical disciplines who were interested in manipulative treatment of musculoskeletal problems.

The first sizable conference was held in 1974 with Dr Bourdillon speaking and was opened by the then Federal Health Minister. The theme of the conference was Meeting the Challenge – Is There a Scientific Basis for Manipulation.


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