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The ACA strategic plan aims to build capability in all areas of research, education and practice through a systems approach and a structured skills development pathway. The Chiropractic Academy of Research Leadership (CARL) program has this outcome in common and the four initial CARL fellows from Australia are all ACA members. This program is led by three senior academics, Professors Greg Kawchuk, Jan Hartvigsen and Jon Adams, developed an international leadership program modelled after the Oxford International Research Leadership Program. This program identifies, nurtures, and supports emerging young researchers whose research is relevant to chiropractic. The program’s ultimate goal is…
Whether you are a recent graduate or a long-time practitioner, understanding risk management is an important aspect of everyday practice. To ensure chiropractors across Australia are up-to-date with the latest risk management requirements, the ACA are hosting a Risk Management Roadshow in eight cities around Australia and will be presented by expert Chiropractic Peer Reviewer, Dr John Kelly. “It is so important that chiropractors recognise their changing requirements in clinical practice, and we need to see the bar raised across the board in relation to understanding duty of care, which captures the management of the patient from the first phone…
ACA’s re-established Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Rural and Remote Practitioner Network (ARRPN), formerly Indigenous Rural and Remote Practice Network, is working to unite the profession regardless of geographical location or culture. The primary purpose of the ARRPN interest group is to advocate on behalf of the ACA, and the profession, with regards to its role in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and rural and remote health. As a substantial proportion of chiropractors live and work in rural Australia, providing chiropractic care as well as promoting the general health and wellbeing of their communities in private practice, community groups…
The recipient of the 2019 National Study Grant Scheme for the second year in a row, student Brad Morgan is an example of how hard work and determination can help you achieve great things for yourself and your community. The National Study Grant Scheme is available to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people who are studying a chiropractic course at an Australian University. This ACA initiative is in partnership with Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) and is designed to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students studying chiropractic to complete their studies and join the allied health profession. Brad Morgan…
International Women’s Day (IWD), celebrated every year on 8 March, is a day to recognise and celebrate women all over the world. This year’s theme of Balance for Better is about working towards a gender-balanced world and aims to create awareness of gender-balance in government, business, media, sports coverage, and in all aspects of life where equality isn’t present. To celebrate IWD this year the ACA Women In Chiropractic (WIC) committee have dedicated 4 – 10 March to highlight the day and give the opportunity for different regions to host events at different times throughout the week.    For women…
We are delighted to report on the latest advances and success of the ACORN practice-based research network.  The program of research and research capacity building, continues to go from strength to strength and to produce tangible outputs and benefits for the chiropractic research community, ACA and the profession more generally. Of late, ACORN sub-studies have focused not only on practitioner-based data but also patient-based data (e.g. a recent sub-study includes a phase of data collection from patients receiving chiropractic care for headaches and another focuses upon patient experiences of chiropractic care across a range of health conditions). We anticipate and…
The latest research grant awarded by the ACA examining elderly Australians with back pain will soon be asking chiropractors to join an observational study. Led by Dr Katie de Luca, a Post Doctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Chiropractic at Macquarie University, the BACE: Chiropractic - Australia (BACE:C-A) study is a prospective, longitudinal study on back pain in the elderly, which will follow Australians over the age of 55 for 12 months, who see a chiropractor for a new episode of back pain. The study will aim to understand the types of healthcare older people use and the impact…
A recent study into the injuries and risks associated with competitive surfing found that 20% of competitive surfers sustained a lower back injury while in competition.   The study, 'An Australian survey on health and injuries in adult competitive surfing', also found that 81% of those surveyed incurred at least one surfing-related injury in their lifetime, while 58% have experienced a surfing-related injury within the current surfing season. Three chiropractors, Drs Andrew Burgess, Michael Swain and Reidar Lystad conducted the investigation. They studied the injury profile of competitive surfers at the 2014 Australian Surfing Title by examining surfing injuries in…
As part of the Award Review and with ACA's advocacy on behalf of the profession, a final decision has been made regarding proposed changes to the Health Professionals and Support Services (HPSS) Award 2010. For the past three years, ACA has been engaged in advocating on behalf of the profession regarding the Health Professionals and Support Services (HPSS) Award and have been successful. This advocacy culminated in CEO Dr Matthew Fisher presenting to the Full Bench last December.  This announcement has been split up into two sections. A major change that is applicable from first full pay period commencing on or after 9 July…
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