Biography

Pelvis course, Vught, Netherlands with Rene Claassen and Peter van Dalen

Mulligan Concept Lower Quadrant course Seoul, South Korea

Lecturer Graduate Diploma In Manipulative Physiotherapy program, Curtin University with Kim Robinson and Bob Elvey. Can you recognise some of the other faces?  Look for Peter O’Sullivan, and Mulligan Concept teachers to be - Toby Hall, Sarah Counsell and Linda Exelby.

Pelvis course Lund, Sweden with Andreas Blom

Mulligan Concept course Perth, Western Australia

Pelvis course Bahrain with Hussain Nasser 

Presenting at a conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with Professor Wayne Hing and Dr Sue Reid

Mark Oliver is a New Zealand and Australian qualified Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist with particular interest and expertise in pelvic girdle pain (PGP) and orofacial disorders. In 2010, he relocated from a busy multidisciplinary clinic in Perth to the southwest region of Western Australia. 


Mark completed a Diploma in Physiotherapy in 1979 at Auckland Technical Institute (now AUT) and 1983 was awarded a Diploma in Manipulative Therapy by the New Zealand Manipulative Physiotherapists Association (NZMPA). With encouragement from Brian Mulligan, Mark Laslett, and Professor Lance Twomey, Mark moved to Perth for further post-graduate education. He completed a Graduate Diploma in Manipulative Physiotherapy in 1984 and a Master of Applied Science thesis by research in 1990 at Curtin University. The latter was a cadaveric study of the lumbar spine and contributed to a better understanding of the biomechanics of the passive extension-in-lying maneuver described by Robin McKenzie. Parameters examined included load-displacement, extension creep-hysteresis, and sagittal plane centrode behavior. 


Mark was a lecturer in anatomy, pathology, diagnostics & clinical practice on the Graduate Diploma in Manipulative Therapy and Graduate Diploma in Sports Physiotherapy courses at Curtin University. During that time, he was fortunate to be a research assistant for Professor Lance Twomey and Professor James Taylor during their groundbreaking human spinal pathology studies. As President of the WA Back Pain Research Foundation, Mark facilitated its integration into the Physiotherapy Research Foundation and was a member of the advisory committee for the physiotherapy program at Notre Dame University.


Mark is an internationally recognized clinical educator with 40 years of clinical experience and 35 years of teaching experience. He has presented over 350 clinical workshops, been a conference speaker, written or co-written five textbook chapters, and published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Mark presents lectures to doctors, dentists, physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths, and podiatrists and has trained medical practitioners for Sports Medicine Australia. 


Mark is Australasia’s most experienced Mulligan Concept teacher, attending his first course with Brian Mulligan in 1982 and teaching Mulligan Concept courses since 1989. He was the Australasian Regional Manager for the Mulligan Concept Teacher Association (MCTA) for many years. 


Using Mobilisation with Movement (MWM) clinical reasoning principles, Mark has developed an advanced but straightforward evaluation and treatment concept for pelvic girdle pain (PGP) and dysfunction. This approach has been enthusiastically adopted by many clinicians worldwide. 

Research on various components of the approach is underway. With fellow MCTA teacher Jillian McDowell, Mark is completing a textbook on examination and treatment of the pelvis using MWM principles. 


Mark works with dentists, dental specialists, and clinical psychologists to treat orofacial pain. He has developed MWMs for specific temporomandibular disorders (TMD) and has taught these new techniques to physiotherapists in many countries.


Mark has developed a “no failure-no compensation” exercise system to prepare individuals presenting with maladaptive movement patterns for conventional exercise. 


Mark continues to see patients and, as part of his commitment to become an expert clinician, has attended more than 150 professional development courses. 


In 2009, Mark received an Australian Physiotherapy Association (WA) award for “an outstanding contribution to physiotherapy education”.




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