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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…
As children across the country prepare to start the school year, the Australian Chiropractors Association (ACA) is launching their annual Back to School campaign, promoting the correct wearing of backpacks for school-aged children.   Heavy and ill-fitting backpacks may have a detrimental impact to a young child’s developing spine, as incorrectly worn backpacks may lead to strain and discomfort to the spine. Therefore it is important that parents look at the fit and quality of their child’s backpack. Our Back to School campaign is intended to educate the Australian public about the correct way to wear a backpack and what…
Last week the Australian Chiropractors Association (ACA) held their annual Christmas campaign, ‘Giving Back’ Week. Held 10 – 16 December, participating ACA members invited patients and members of the public to donate gifts to families going through tough times.   Over 22 clinics from across Australia registered their participation, delivering the donations received to local charities in time to reach children and families in need this Christmas. Donations were in the form of new, unwrapped toys, non-perishable food items, or monetary donations. Time voucher donations were also accepted, where patients could donate their practical trade, for example two hours of…
The Australian Chiropractors Association (ACA) is pleased to announce a new partnership with SUPACORE, endorsing their patented medical grade range of sports compression products. "The ACA looks forward to the partnership with Supacore to enable our members to assist their patients in achieving health and/or sporting outcomes,” says ACA CEO Dr Matthew Fisher. Based in Melbourne, SUPACORE is increasingly known globally for its patented compression technology and has worked alongside elite athletes and sporting clubs including the English Premier League, AFL, NRL and A League. SUPACORE has developed a range of compression products alongside leading medical professionals and sports medicine…
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