Consulting practice
Primary consultation or second opinion and review?


  • Diagnosis and management of pain as efficiently and quickly as possible
  • Review or implement digital x-ray (CR), MRI, sonographic imaging, other clinical tests (ie: conduction studies, lab results, reports)
  • Critical (re-)evaluation of your treatment, progress and prognosis (second opinion)
  • Provide the understanding and insight to better manage problems and/or pain independently
  • Manual treatment techniques and manipulative care only where or when indicated, appropriately, evidentially and highly selectively
  • Engage with other medical and healthcare professionals, as well as with various institutions (ACC, Insurance) to assist you
  • Cease pointless, expensive, over-servicing treatment and/or exercises


IMPORTANT ADVISORY - LEVEL 1 Practice

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Introducing Dr Christopher McGrath, consultant at Country Practice


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 (Australia), he is well published in research and professional journals, see Publications and related activities and may be found on ResearchGate. At the end of 2020, Dr Christopher received an Excellence in Teaching award from the School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago for his contribution in the Department of Anatomy to the team teaching of clinical and functional anatomy into the physiotherapy postgraduate programme.

Active in part-time university lecturing at the University of Otago for the last 15 years, 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 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.

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

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 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).

Christopher has been a glider pilot and private pilot with multiple ratings including aerobatics. He is a keen sportsman and has experienced more injuries and surgeries at the hands of sport than one can shake a stick at. He is also keen pianist and focused skeet shooter.