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CAA is pleased to announce that Canadian Dr David Cassidy is to be awarded the Giles Medal in 2017. The Giles Medal for Research Excellence has been established by the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia (CAA) in recognition of excellence in healthcare research. This highest and most prestigious award for scientific research is named after the first chiropractor to be awarded a PhD in Australia, Dr Lynton Giles. Dr Giles subsequently went on to make an exceptional contribution to our understanding of the spine in healthcare through his basic science and clinical research. The Giles Medal is endorsed by the World…
Your Back in Action People from around the world come together on 16 October to celebrate World Spine Day, raising awareness about spinal disorders. An initiative of the International Bone and Join Decade, World Spine Day aims to bring attention to the serious impact of spinal disability and empower people to take charge of their spinal health. Millions of people worldwide are dealing with spinal disorders, such as chronic back pain. 1 in 6 Australians suffer from back problems, often leading to poorer quality of life, psychological distress and disability. Our sedentary and inactive lifestyle is a major contributing factor…
CAA National offers a number of scholarships and provides funding for research projects, as part of our commitment to building the evidence base and supporting those who wish to make a lasting contribution to the chiropractic profession through research. Previous recipients of scholarship funding have expressed the benefits of the financial assistance and the support of the Association behind them. CAA PhD scholarship recipient, Samantha Harman, is working on her thesis titled ‘The brain’s body map (internal body schema) – the role of muscle spindles’. She believes that “CAA funded PhD scholarships are good for the profession. Chiropractors involved in…
As part of CAA National’s continued efforts to curate valuable benefits and services for members, we are pleased to introduce CAA Rewards+. In addition to the existing member benefits and services, CAA Rewards+ offers an extensive range of lifestyle rewards for members. Our commitment to you extends further than assisting you in practice. This reward scheme, along with our other member benefits and services, now offer added convenience for both your professional and personal life. This new program covers a wide spectrum of offers and discounts, delivering greater value for members. You can take advantage of savings all year round,…
Julie Kendall is a CAA PhD scholarship recipient, studying at RMIT University in Melbourne. Her paper ‘Neck Pain, Concerns of Falling and Physical Performance in Community Dwelling Citizens Over 75: A Cross-Sectional Study’ was published last year by the Scandinavian Journal of Public Health. We caught up with Julie to gain insights into the PhD process and how it contributes to building the evidence base.   Q: What does it mean to get a PhD?A PhD is the highest level of academic scholarship. It involves years of dedicated work to research an important topic. It is one of the toughest…
Fairfax Media has reported today on new research which found that opioids are no better than ibuprofen or paracetamol at reducing lower back pain over a 12-month period, yet these opioids came with the threat of dependence and addiction, which has been blamed for an increase in accidental overdoses. The research involved a long-term trial by the Minneapolis Veterans Health Care System and studied 240 veterans taking opioids for chronic back and knee pain compared with those treated by non-opioids. Fairfax reports that the results have been presented at a major medical conference in the US, but have not yet…
Range of Research Outputs and Research Capacity Building Achieved to Date The ACORN project continues to make excellent progress over recent months. The energy and commitment of the 2,005 chiropractors who completed the baseline survey and the 1,680 chiropractors who have joined the ACORN practice-based research network (PBRN) has provided a solid platform for a range of publications, sub-study initiatives and extensive research capacity building in Australian chiropractic and beyond.     To date, the ACORN PBRN has generated a total of 12 peer-reviewed manuscripts. Of these, three papers have been published (Chiropractic and Manual Therapies, Journal of Manipulative and Physiological…
In April this year, 13 competitively chosen chiropractic researchers from around the world were chosen to take part in the first annual one week residential research program, held this year at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense, Denmark. The Chiropractic Academy of Research Leadership (CARL) program was established by senior researchers Professor Jon Adams (University of Technology Sydney), Greg Kawchuk (University of Alberta, Canada) and Jan Hartvigsen (University of Southern Denmark) in partnership with the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) and the European Centre for Chiropractic Research Excellence (ECCRE). The CARL program leaders spent a busy week mentoring a…
The 2017 revision of the clinical practice guidelines for hip pain and mobility deficits related to hip osteoarthritis were recently published in the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy with important recommendations for manual therapy. The 2017 guideline recommendations include criteria to classify adults over the age of 50 years with hip pain and mobility effects, criteria for differential diagnosis and patient referral as well as advice on the use validated outcome measures including for hip pain, falls risk, body function impairment, activity limitation and treatment outcomes for hip osteoarthritis. Importantly, clinicians are recommended to provide patient education combined…
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