Shirley Strachan


PhD – Federation University – Subject was Geelong’s legendary osteopath Thomas Ambrose Bowen (1916-1982) whose name was posthumously attributed to what is taught as Bowen technique/therapy. A prior Healing Hands, Unsung Voices anthology was researched published in 2016 as a centennial celebration of Bowen’s birth. The first hand witness in the oral histories formed an important part of the doctoral research (see Healing Hands, Unsung Voices page).

BHSc (Complementary Medicine -Deans Award for Academic Excellence) Charles Sturt University & Diploma of Naturopathy Health Schools Australia.

MMT – Masters Diploma in Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques with Erik Dalton/Freedom from Pain Institute. One of only two Victorians to have completed the full MMT and the only one in Geelong.

Completing the MMT at Costa Rica 2019, left to right, Anne Sanderson, Shirley Strachan, Erik Dalton, Jacqueline Farless and Aiza Ismaila.

Diploma of Specialised Bowen Therapy.

Diploma Swedish Massage and Attainment Remedial Massage Health Schools Australia.


MA (Hons) History – Aberdeen University

Post Grad Dip Maritime Archaeology – Western Australian Institute of Technology now Curtin University.

Professional Membership

Accredited with the Australian Traditional Medicine Society (member since 2000) in Remedial Massage, Naturopathy, Bowen Technique and Touch for Health.

Health Funds

Accredited provider with majority of health funds for Remedial Massage and Naturopathy.


Endorsed provider Remedial Massage.