Research Symposium Success

CAA’s third annual Research Symposium, as part of the CAA Annual Conference in Canberra, was a great success! This year’s event received 22 abstract submissions of which seven finalists were selected for podium and seven for poster presentation.


Research Symposium 1The awarding of the Giles Medal for Research Excellence to Dr David Cassidy of Canada marked the launch of the Research Symposium. While unable to attend personally, this year Dr Cassidy delivered his Giles Lecture to the conference audience up on the big screen.

Dr Cassidy is Professor of Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, in Canada. Over the subsequent 30 years he has published over 250 articles which are identifiable in the US National Library of Medicine records (PubMed) with over 200 articles published in scientific peer-reviewed journals of the highest international standing. He is internationally recognised for his research concerning whiplash and its associated disorders and is ranked by Expertscape  as one of the top 10 experts in the world for research concerning neck pain.

This year’s Research Symposium received considerable interest from conference delegates, with research presenters taking many questions from an enthusiastic and engaged audience. Research findings were presented  by under-graduate chiropractic students, post-graduate research students and senior researchers. The research topics presented this year included research investigation into multi-disciplinary chiropractic education, chiropractic student beliefs toward chiropractic identity, appropriate patient imaging, treatment of headaches and the multi-modal management of low back pain to name a few.

The planning and delivery of the Research Symposium each year requires a team effort. Firstly, thank you to Guild Insurance for sponsoring the Research Symposium. A big thank you to the invaluable help from our scoring judges this year and the assistance of Kim Tompkin at CAA National for helping to make this year’s Research Symposium a great success.

Research Symposium 2This year the awards for the 2017 CAA Annual Conference Research Symposium were as follows:

  • Prize for Research Excellence (podium): Hazel Jenkins - Appropriateness of imaging for low back pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis    
  • Conference Delegates Prize: Navine Haworth: - Student and new graduate perception of hospital versus traditional institution clinic in clinical educational experience    
  • Prize for Research Excellence (poster) runner-up (dead heat): Matthew Stevens - Advice for Acute Low Back Pain: A comparison of what the RCT literature supports and what guidelines recommend. Dirk Crafford - The usefulness of a management algorithm in developing clinical decision making skills by chiropractic students: a prospective cohort study   
  • Prize for Research Excellence (poster): Mike Swain - Chiropractic identity, role, setting and future: a survey of Australian and New Zealand chiropractic students.

We are already looking forward to next year’s Research Symposium which will be part of the CAA Annual Conference in Hobart.

By Dr Craig Moore