Dr Rosalba Courtney, PhD

Osteopathy and Integrative Breathing Therapy

  • Qualifications: ND, DO, PhD (Breathing Therapy)
  • Available: Saturdays
  • Special interests: Respiratory health, Children's Health and Sleep Apnea
"I’m committed to integrative, an approach to health which combines the latest science with clinical experience. I decided to be part of the team at Next Practice Genbiome because of the team approach and the patient centered and caring nature of this practice."

Rosalba is an osteopath with over 40 years of experience in clinical practice and highly experienced in all types of osteopathic treatments. She is also skilled in breathing therapies, mind-body medicine and orofacial myofunctional therapy - often combining these treatments in her patient care.

Rosalba treats both adults and children with a broad range of conditions related to nasal and upper airway difficulties, mouth breathing, dysfunctional breathing, asthma and COPD, stress, anxiety, autonomic nervous system dysregulation, sleep disordered breathing and muscular-skeletal, craniofacial, TMJ and spinal pain.

She treats patients individually and runs several small group programs at GenBiome including;

  • Healthy Breathing Healthy Child
  • Functional Breathing Retraining
  • Breath, Mind, Body Stress Reduction

She has a PhD from RMIT University on the subject of dysfunctional breathing and has published widely in the scientific literature on breathing assessment and on breathing therapy for the treatment of children, asthma, sleep apnea and difficult to treat conditions related to breathing dysfunction.

Rosalba is a member of various professional bodies including the Osteopathic Research Alliance (ORA), Osteopathy Australia (OA), Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS) and the International Society for the Advancement of Respiratory Psychophysiology (ISARP).

Rosalba holds a research position at Southern Cross University. She regularly lectures in Australia and internationally.

Breathing and Mind-Body practices for self-care: join us at 3pm each Tuesday and Thursday (Sydney time) when Rosalba presents this 60 min practical session as part of Genbiome’s ongoing online support classes.


Breathing is a portal to changing the nervous system in ways that increase our physiological resilience. Psychological stress disrupts immune regulation and makes us more prone catch colds and flues and also make recovery slower. Breathing techniques promote balanced function of the nervous system and also help us build a robust immune system. Specific breathing exercises that improve our ability to breathe nasally help us to resist infection, protect our lungs and improve the ability of our lungs to recover from illness.

Rosalba is teaching some online classes where you will learn breathing and mind-body techniques to improve your breathing, stress resilience and immunity. These classes are limited to 12 people and will be an opportunity to learn and practice breathing and mind-body techniques in a supportive environment.

Our 2020 Integrative Breathing Therapy Adult & Children's Workshops with Dr Rosalba Courtney are scheduled below:

  • FUNCTIONAL BREATHING RETRAINING - 5 weekly sessions starting Tue 17 Mar - 6:30 to 8:00pm
  • HEALTHY BREATHING, HEALTHY CHILD - 5 weekly sessions starting Tue 5 May - 5:30 to 6:30pm

We recommend you have an initial assessment before attending these programs. Find out more about the workshops or book your place online: https://nextpracticehealth.com/articles/integrative-breathing-therapy

Rosalba Courtney



Breathe your way to Calm Workshop - May 2024*

Saturday 25th May 2024, 2-5pm, at GenBiome read more

Breathe your way to Calm Workshop - May 2024

Saturday 25th May 2024, 2-5pm, at GenBiome read more

Breathe your way to Calm Workshop*

Saturday 24th February 2024, 2-5pm, at GenBiome read more

Breathe your way to Calm Workshop

Saturday 24th February 2024, 2-5pm, at GenBiome read more

Functional Nasal Breathing Rehabilitation Workshop

NEW DATE - Saturday 14th October 2023, 2-5pm, at GenBiome Last June workshop was sold out fast - secure your... read more

Healthy Breathing, Healthy Child

An Integrative Breathing Therapy program for children read more

Healing with the Breath: Functional Breathing Retraining program

This program will be offered throughout the year. Next course starting Tue 31 Jan 6pm, and pre-assessment sessions open in... read more

Latest research showing effectiveness of Functional Nasal Rehabilitation

Our renowned breathing expert Dr Rosalba Courtney's latest research paper has just been published by the International Journal of Orofacial... read more



Life is in the Breath

We've got a great podcast for you to listen to, featuring our very own Osteopath and breathing therapist; Rosalba Courtney. read more