Dean O'Rourke - ATUNE Health Centres - Consultant Breathing Therapist
B. Ed. Health & Phys Ed. (Hons), FBPI.
- Breathing Therapy (includes Buteyko and Biofeedback analysis and training applied to a wide range of chronic respiratory and other health conditions)
- Postural habit assessment and behaviour modification
- Orofacial exercise therapy for pre - orthodontic and orthodontic cases as well as other chronic orofacial muscular conditions
- Sleep behaviour modification
- Strategies for ageing well
Dean O’Rourke is one of the longest serving practitioners at Atune joining in 2008, he is a member of the Atune Leadership Team and played a pivotal role in the development of our Integrated Respiratory and Sleep Centre. Dean completed an honours degree in Health and Physical Education in 1994. Since that time he has gained qualifications as a Breathing Therapist through the Buteyko Institute of Breathing and Health completing further training in advanced biofeedback technology and photographic postural assessment. He is a Fellow of Buteyko Professionals International and is a member of the International Society for the Advancement of Respiratory and Psychophysiology (ISARP). Dean has also completed training in Orofacial Exercise Therapy through the Coulson Institute in the USA.
Dean is dedicated to improved individual and community health outcomes. He has over 20 years’ experience as a health educator and his skills in this area were recognised with an Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Newcastle in 2008. Dean has regular speaking engagements at a variety of health events including expos and medical and allied health seminars/conferences. He has received media attention multiple occasions regarding health and fitness issues.
Dean has the knowledge, skill and dedication to assist individuals to achieve health goals and maintain optimal health status. He has developed a series of brief and easy to understand seminars that cover key factors pertaining to health and fitness, and is available for speaking engagements to any group, club or organisation.
Dean has a special interest in natural strategies for the treatment of chronic breathing conditions, sleep disordered breathing and associated illnesses. These include: asthma, insomnia, snoring, sleep apnoea, respiratory allergies, chronic blocked nose, fatigue, breathlessness, repeated respiratory infections, COPD, emphysema, anxiety, panic attacks, chronic coughs, chronic pain management including Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and suitable pre-orthodontic and orthodontic cases. Dean also receives referrals for patients with Parkinson’s Disease.
Dean receives referrals from GP’s, medical specialists, dentists and many allied health practitioners. However, referral is not necessary.
Dean has many years of successful clinical experience. The combined modalities of Breathing Therapy, Orofacial Exercise Therapy, postural habit correction and Healthy Lifestyle training gives Dean a unique knowledge and skills set. This enables for effective targeted intervention for a wide range of common chronic health conditions in our community today.
Dean can also be located at the Hunter Specialist Medical Centre (Hunter Pain Clinic), Broadmeadow and Blue Water Dental, Tuggerah.