Practice aims


  • To diagnose and manage your pain and distress professionally, compassionately, supportively and as rapidly as possible through expert, evidence-informed practice
  • To apply critical evaluation of your treatment and progress, and to provide you with a prognosis
  • To provide you with the knowledge, the understanding and the insight to better manage problems for yourself
  • To utilise a breadth of osteopathic manual techniques and manipulative care where indicated, appropriately, evidentially and selectively
  • To assure you of professional engagement with other medical and healthcare professionals, as well as with various institutions (ACC, Insurance) together with the implementation of any necessary imaging or investigation


IMPORTANT ADVISORY - LEVEL 2 Practice

When making an appointment you will be asked if you have any cold or 'flu like symptoms, have returned from overseas in the last 14 days or are a close or casual contact of a person with a confirmed or probable case of novel corona virus (COVID-19). You will be asked this again on attendance and your answer will be recorded when attending for your appointment.

If any of the above apply, do please remain at home until you have been medically cleared and have recovered.

Patients will be asked to wash their hands upon arrival. Facilities for this are provided.

We will be using PPE in practice (masks). Appointment scheduling has been adjusted to ensure there is sufficient time between appointments so that patients do not encounter one another as they leave or arrive for an appointment. We thank you for adhering to your appointment time.

Please be reassured that clinic surfaces will be appropriately sanitised between patients.


To MAKE AN APPOINTMENT please use the Contact Us link on this site

or phone us on 03 489 5693 or 02102226378

Introducing Dr Christopher McGrath, founder of Country Practice

Dr McGrath arrived in Dunedin in 1991 and founded Dunedin Osteopathic Clinic. After twenty years of practice in central Dunedin, Christopher moved out to East Taieri to continue office practice in the more relaxed rural settings of the Taieri, and West Otago Health in Tapanui.

As a long serving member of the ACC Expert Panel that developed the New Zealand acute low back pain management guidelines, Christopher brings a deep understanding of rational best practice in the musculoskeletal domain. With greater than 30 years of osteopathic clinical practice in NZ, UK and Australia, blended with research experience in anatomy, biomechanics and an all important focus on evidence-based practice, he is unique among NZ and Australian osteopaths in holding doctoral (PhD) and master (MSc) degrees (Anatomy) from the Otago University School of Medical Sciences in addition to postgraduate diplomas in Occupational Health Practice (Otago) and in Biomechanics (Bioengineering Unit, Strathclyde University, Glasgow).

Active in part time university lecturing and formerly holding an Honorary Visiting Fellowship in Osteopathic Medicine at Victoria University, Melbourne, Christopher acts as a Sentinel Reader for the Health Information Research Unit, Clinical Relevance Online Rating System of McMaster University in Canada, an established global centre of evidence-based medicine. He is also a long standing member of the editorial advisory board for the International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine (Int J Osteopath Med) and has been editorially involved with the Australasian Medical Journal, The Journal of Health Design, and The International Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (England), member of the New Zealand Pain Society, the Australian and New Zealand Association of Clinical Anatomists and the first osteopathic member of Friends of Science in Medicine, he is well published in research and professional journals, see Publications and related activities and may be found on ResearchGate.