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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…
After five years of studying chiropractic, it is an exciting time for the class of 2016 as they graduate and transition into practice. CAA National has been delighted to present awards in recognition of student achievement at graduate events across the country.   RMIT University The Graduation Ball was held on 15 December at Leonda by the Yarra in Melbourne. At the ceremony, the CAA National Graduate of the Year Award was presented to Bryden Hok Hei Leung. Letter to RMIT University Class of 2016 from Dr Dein Vindigni > Award Recipients Bryden Hok Hei Leung - CAA National Graduate…
The Chiropractors’ Association of Australia is using Spinal Health Week 2017 (22-28 May) to encourage Australians to seek help for chronic back pain. Chronic pain is a national issue, with 1 in 6 Australians suffering from chronic back problems. That’s an estimated 3.7 million people dealing with the physical and psychological effects of this condition. Unlike general back pain, which is usually resolved within a few weeks, chronic back pain is a long-term condition that lasts for three months or more. It can be hard to identify the cause of chronic back pain, especially in the absence of an injury…
The Community Affairs Reference committee’s inquiry into the complaints mechanism administered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law tabled its report in the Senate on 10 May 2017. A copy of the report can be downloaded here.  A shorter summary of the report prepared by CAA National can be downloaded here. A copy of the CAA National submission (March 2017) by can be downloaded here. Key points The CAA National submission to this inquiry in March 2017 focused on the following issues: The current complaints system should be a single consistent system for dealing with complaints about practitioners; There should be appropriate…
A new systematic review and meta-analysis has found among patients with acute low back pain, spinal manipulative therapy was associated with modest improvements in pain and function and with transient minor musculoskeletal harms. The results were published online, April 11 in JAMA. Low back pain (LBP) is a leading cause of disability, with acute LBP contributing to this burden. Chiropractors and other professions use SMT amongst other modalities to help manage acute LBP.1 The recent systematic review and meta-analysis by Paige et al. investigated the effectiveness of spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) for acute low back pain (aLBP) without sciatica compared…
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