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CONTRIBUTIONS

Owen has had many years of experience in planning, organising and creativity.

Illuminating the Earth Charter, Florida, USA

In 2015 & 2016, Owen assisted Sue Blyth in progressing a vision for Illuminating the EarthCharter through the Florida Coalition for Peace and Justice. Meetings with school, religion, theatre, university, and science networks, and an EarthCharter Game Workshop around the development of a children's game on sustainability has lead to creating access to a variety of contributors to the promotion of the Earth Charter and climate change edcuation.

A Life at the Cutting Edge

Owen's 34 years career in physiotherapy includes:

  • Working across all fields of physiotherapy and with many varieties of disabled peoples. He currently provides private services in Atherton and Malanda, Qld, Australia, including an aged care residential.
  • A published paper, "Anthill and Other injuries" (AJRH,1994) which contributed to a review of Australian rural health "Health Service Frameworks for Small Rural and Remote Communities" (1996);
  • 15 years working on various committees and boards involved in the advancement of rural health services in Australia. Work with these organisations included strategic planning and meeting with members of parliament and government including Commonwealth health ministers.
  • Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (founding member 1995, national conference convenor 2001, secretary 2001-2003, President 2003-2005);
  • Council of the National Rural Health Alliance (2003-2009) including conference convenor 2009.
  • Completing a post graduate diploma in Rural and Remote health (JCU 1998)
  • Supported the presentation of community dance to the 13th & 14th National Rural Health Conference in Darwin and Cairns respectively

Owen also has many years on local planning committees of the Baha'i Faith. He facilitated a local youth Baha'i education program and assisted the development of an annual regional Baha'i youth leadership camp, Agents of Change, 2001- 2007 with Dr Farvadin Daliri OAM

Over the past decade, Owen has been involved in organising community arts events including:

  • Street educational events;
  • Children's festivals for the Tableland Folk Festival (2010-2015) and the Cairns Festival (2012-2014);
  • Conflict resolution through theatre workshop (Out of the Box Theatre)

Owen has merged his physiotherapy work with the arts through:

  • The development of Big Board Games (human sized) with the University of the Third Age (2011); for the Cairns Tanks Children Festival (2014); and for Carinya Aged Care Residence as part of a falls prevention project (2016);
  • Training in contemporary dance and contemporary dance facilitation through a range of dancer mentors and coaches: Jess Rose Jones, Miriam Torzilla, Rebecca Yodell, Sue Hayes, Zaimon and Lizzie Vilmanis, Sarah Leversee (Art as Action, Denver). He has facilitated contemporary dance based classes for adults of all ages and abilities over 2012-2015. His work has lead to the development of the rEvolve program in 2016. The rEvolve program is the development of a training program for community dance theatre facilitators. It has led to the performances of "The Forging of Men" (2016), and the establishment of Beautiful Chaos that has performed at the National Rural Health Conference Welcome Ceremony (2017), and "The Dream of Fishes" at the Baha'i Bicentennial Celebrations (2017)

Owen has also completed training with Landmark Worldwide including The Wisdom Course. He has attended the Global Transformations Conference of the Wisdom Area in 2014, 2016 and 2017. He successfully submitted a field report to the conference journal of 2017.