Study Group Guidelines
Please note: All groups operate independently from the McKenzie Institute Australia.
The suggestions below have been provided by study group leaders and Faculty to assist those interested in joining or starting local groups.
- Join the online International MDT LinkedIn Forum and get involved in the discussions about case studies, clinical observations, and more. You will gain some great ideas for your local study group.
- Identify a leader or small group of people, ideally at least one of whom is Credentialed / Diplomate in MDT, who will share key tasks to: coordinate the group, be a point of contact for interested attendees, communicate with the McKenzie Institute Australia to keep the Study Groups Directory current, organize the agenda and run the meetings.
- Determine a date, time and location for the initial meeting. If planning a face to face group, a central location for the defined area is best. If planning an online group, work out which videoconferencing software will suit your group best:
- eg Zoom, Google Meet, Webex
- NB: some free software imposes limits on the length of calls or on the number of participants
- Complete the ‘Study Group Enrolment Form’ online at https://www.mckenzieinstituteaustralia.org/resources/mia-study-groups/study-group-enrolment/ so that your study group will be listed on the McKenzie Institute Australia website.
- Prepare your own letter or flyer announcing the meeting and consider sending it to clinics in your area if you want to increase interest in the McKenzie Method.
- If you are a member of MIA, we will send out an email blast on your behalf to clinicians in our database, letting them know about your study group. You will need to provide us with the pertinent details to be included in the email, such as: date, time, location, number of attendees, contact details of organiser.
- Hold the meeting. The agenda should include:
- Getting acquainted - determine the level of skill, knowledge and interest of the participants through informal discussion.
- Consider setting a regular meeting time - a regular day, time and location or altering locations for the meetings, so participants can plan ahead.
- Consider creating a group mailing / contact list so participants can easily keep in touch with each other.
- Financial considerations – consider if group members need to pay a nominal fee to cover catering or printing (for face to face groups).
- Send any changes regarding group details to the McKenzie Institute Australia, to update the website directory.
- Format of future meetings: determine what the group would like to accomplish each time it meets. Some suggestions are workshops on areas of difficulty with patients, case studies, guest speakers, literature review and discussion of McKenzie Journal articles. Determine the topics for upcoming meetings and book them in!
- Don’t forget to regularly notify the McKenzie Institute Australia of all upcoming Study Group meetings, so we can promote them to clinicians in our data base!