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 research are often unsung heroes so it’s great to see them getting recognition from the profession”. She also found great value in the financial assistance, noting that it “has made life easier as it meant that I could continue to study without worrying so much about how I would support my family.”
Julie Kendall is also a CAA PhD scholarship recipient, working on her paper titled ‘Neck pain, concerns of falling and physical performance in community dwelling citizens over 75: A cross-sectional study’. She noted that “research takes up a lot of time…You need to be able to really focus on studying, and that means that we can only work in private practice part-time, or even not at all…Having scholarships means I don’t need to stress about working full-time, and I can concentrate on PhD full-time.”
CAA PhD scholarships provide a great opportunity to contribute to chiropractic research, with the support of the peak body presenting chiropractors in Australia. With the close of the PhD Scholarship applications on 1 September 2017, we have introduced another opportunity for aspiring researchers. The Masters of Research (MRes) scholarship supports students currently enrolled (or in the process of enrolling) in a PhD or MRes program at an Australian university. This funding is linked to the Research Training Program (RTP).
In addition to scholarships, CAA National is proud to introduce the National Study Grant Scheme which is available to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people who are studying a chiropractic course at an Australian University. This CAA National initiative is designed to encourage and assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in chiropractic to complete their studies and join the health workforce.
Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP, wrote to congratulate CAA on this initiative. “I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the CAA on this initiative and acknowledge these efforts in assisting to tackle the disparate health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, through encouraging greater health workforce participation,” he said.