From 1982 to 1988 the NZAMSM brought out a number of international Physicians who ran courses and taught Manual Medicine and Manual Therapy. These included:
Over 300 NZ Doctors attended these courses. In 1986 The first “Spine in Action” conference was held in Christchurch and from this conference and with Dr Jiri Dvorak’s input, plans were made to establish formal training programmes for Manual Therapy in NZ, along the lines of the Swiss Association of Manual Therapy training programmes. The NZAMSM Manual Therapy training courses commenced in 1987, 4 courses of 1 week training were established, strongly influenced by the teaching of Dr Philip Greenman, Dr Jiri Dvorak and Dr Karel Lewit.
In 1987 The Accident Compensation Corporation of NZ, a national injury insurance scheme, called a meeting of interested parties to address the certification of practitioners with Manual Medicine skills. A working party recommended that:
Otago University through the Christchurch Clinical School, did take this up, largely through the inspirational leadership and organisation by Dr Barrie Tait, a Christchurch Rheumatolgist and Pain Medicine Specialist whose responsibility was to develop the syllabus. Professor Bill Gillespie (Professor of Orthopaedics) was chairman of the working party overseeing the academic programme. Barrie Tait’s vision, energy and commitment saw the formation of the Otago University Postgraduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine, a 9 module minimum 2 year distance teaching diploma and the first intake of 31 students occurred in 1989. Since then there has been over 180 graduates of the Otago Diploma MSM which has been taught in Australia as well as in NZ.