The CAA and its state associations advocate on behalf of:
- Chiropractic care, the chiropractic profession, and the patients chiropractors help.
- The Australian population, to ensure they have cost effective, equitable, high quality and safe healthcare
This is done through a variety of strategies including lobbying politicians, working with peak health and consumer organisations to drive health reform and negotiations with health funds.
The CAA’s advocacy strategy involves:
- Establishing the legitimacy of the chiropractic profession in health policy circles
- Becoming a part of, and a voice within the reform of the health system
- Shifting the focus of the healthcare system from acute care in hospitals to effective primary care
- Advocating and lobbying for two pathways of primary care – the GP disease model and the allied health wellness model
- Arguing that chiropractic care is the core of the wellness pathway – specifically through the future up skilling of practitioners through the adoption of value added chiropractic services
The CAA has worked actively with health bodies, such as Allied Health Professions Australia, to be a part of efforts to enhance the collaboration between health care professionals in primary care.
The CAA was a collaborator in the Chronic Disease Management initiative coordinated by AHPA and funded by the Australian Better Health Initiative.
Political Strategy & Direction
Through political and strategic initiatives, the CAA has accomplished the acceptance and legitimacy of chiropractic care in health policy circles and has achieved significant success in flying the flag for the profession, including:
- Inclusion into the Department of Veterans Affairs health system
- Eligibility by Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) for the Rural Allied Health Graduate Scholarship Scheme
- Inclusion alongside other allied health practitioners in the Medicare Plus initiative
- Upskilling chiropractors for 21st century healthcare through the development of Chiropractic Plus - the first and, to this day, only chiropractic education program advocating primary wellness care
- Increasing the awareness of chiropractic both at ministerial and departmental levels of government
- Taking a key seat at the table during the introduction of a national registration and accreditation through the Council of Australian Government (COAG)
- Increased relationships with key government stakeholders, through discussions with bodies such as the Department of Health and Ageing regarding the Prohibited Practices Legislation relating to Diagnostic Imaging, and RACGP Radiologists
- Developing standards for accreditation of chiropractic practices through involvement with the Safety and Quality Commission’s draft legislation
- Attending numerous conferences of world health professions, health policy development, health workforce reform, researchers, and seminars outlining Federal Government health initiatives
- Providing submissions to key governmental departments such as the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission and Productivity Commission
As a result, many doors have been opened for the CAA and the chiropractic profession - these doors can now be walked through to assist in the shaping of Australia’s future healthcare model.