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Discover how chiropractors can help improve your quality of life. As part of Spinal Health Week 2018 (21-27 May), the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia (CAA) is encouraging Australians to make small lifestyle changes to improve their spinal health and overall wellbeing. Musculoskeletal conditions are very common, affecting 30% (6.9 million) of all Australians including 3.7 million people with back problems. In some cases, these are difficult to avoid (such as an accident or injury) however, everyday habits can be a big determining factor in how well our spines handle stress. During Spinal Health Week 2018, CAA is asking all Australians…
Last month Australian chiropractic researchers Matthew Fernandez, Katie de Luca, Mike Swain and Craig Moore joined up with the international team of the Chiropractic Academy of Research Leadership (CARL) fellows for the 2nd annual residential held this year at the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine in Canada and hosted by Professor Greg Kawchuk. This engaging 4-day program included face-to-face workshops aimed to move forward current CARL research projects and develop future CARL research project collaborations for the coming year. This year's program also involved presentations, training and discussion on leadership and research more generally. These sessions included inspiring…
The Chiropractors’ Association of Australia (CAA) welcomes the release of new research published in Chiropractic and Manual Therapies by The University of Melbourne Medical School this week regarding complaints about chiropractors, physiotherapists and osteopaths. It is pleasing to note from this research that the vast majority of chiropractors (over 90%) were not subject to a formal complaint or notification to health regulators during the six-year study period. Of concern however is the finding that, within the chiropractic profession, 36% of complaints were generated by a small number of practitioners (1.3%). This finding is consistent with previous research about medical practitioners…
Thousands of athletes from around the world are in the final stages of preparation for the upcoming Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Did you know that many athletes and sporting professionals incorporate chiropractic care into their overall wellness regimen? With the Australian love of sport, chiropractors regularly come across sporting-related ailments and provide care to patients who participate in sport.  The Chiropractors’ Association of Australia (CAA) has long been committed to sport, having sponsored several elite athletes in the past, such as Olympic gold-medal winner Matthew Mitcham and champion swimmer Ellen Fullerton.  Sports Chiropractic Australia (SCA) is CAA's clinical interest…
The Lancet has published a series of articles on low back pain, addressing the issues around the disorder and a call for worldwide recognition of the disability associated with the disorder, and also the removal of harmful practices. Led by Professor Rachelle Buchbinder from Monash University in Melbourne, this series comes from an international group of authors including Associate Professor Alice Kongsted and Professors Jan Hartvigsen and Chris Maher. Jan Hartvigsen was a keynote speaker at the CAA Annual Conference in Canberra last October. The CAA Podcast featured Jan in the lead up to the conference. To listen to this…
CAA is pleased to announce that Anika Young (Macquarie University) and Dan Hone (RMIT University) are the inaugural recipients of our MRes scholarships. It is often overlooked that CAA (National) has a long history in funding research and tertiary education. This is in keeping with our strategic intent on research, evidence and building capability in the profession so more Australians embrace the care provided by chiropractors. In the period from 2009/10 to 2017/18, the funding provided has totalled approximately $1.84M or approximately $184,000 each year. This has included parity funding to universities over this time and has included initiatives at…
The celebration of International Women's Day around the world is varied and motivated by different causes and movements. Celebrated each year on 8 March, the worldwide theme this year is 'Press for Progress'. This is a theme that for many organisations around the world means press for parity of income, press for removal of discrimination, and removal of oppression. When I read the stories about these situations I always come back to my role as a chiropractor and as a Woman in Chiropractic (WIC) and feel overwhelmingly blessed and filled with gratitude. So what does this day mean for women…
Chiropractors welcome new recommendations by Choosing Wisely Australia The Chiropractors’ Association of Australia (CAA) welcomes new recommendations by the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA), as published on 14 February 2018 by Choosing Wisely Australia. These recommendations address the growing concerns over the prescription of pain medicines and spinal fusion surgery for lower back pain.Recent studies have demonstrated that an overwhelming amount of research reveals most pain medicines had little to no effect compared to placebos in treating lower back pain. GPs are now unlikely to recommend pain medicines in response to…
It’s that time of the year again and as back to school preparations are taking place Australian chiropractors are encouraging parents to be mindful of their child’s spinal heath this new school year. The back to school period is a great time for parents to check the fitting of their child’s backpack and by making a few simple changes may help prevent poor posture and long-term spinal health issues.  Dr Andrew Lawrence, President of the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia (CAA), says some of the signs of poor posture to look out for from an incorrectly worn backpack may include: forward head…