Research collaboration, information sharing, learning and networking

Dear Colleague,
You are invited to the sixth annual COCA Research Day to be held on 13th October, 2017 at the Sheraton Hotel, 8.30am registration for a 09:00am start at the Sheraton Hotel, 27 Little Collins Street, Melbourne Victoria 3000.  To register, please download here2017 Research Day Registration

The aim of this Research Day is to provide a forum for research collaboration in the chiropractic and osteopathic community, to share current information about your own and to provide an opportunity to learn about the research of others. This year we have secured Professor Rachelle Buchbinder, Professor Jan Hartvigsen and newly appointed Professor Simon French as our keynote speakers.

Rachelle Buchbinder
Professor Rachelle Buchbinder is a rheumatologist/clinical epidemiologist who combines clinical practice with research relating to arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions. She has a longstanding commitment to knowledge synthesis and uptake of evidence to guide clinical decision-making and improve patient outcomes. Her current program of work concerns reducing inappropriate or low value care.

Jan Hartvigsen
Jan Hartvigsen is Professor and Research Leader at the Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics at the University of Southern Denmark. He has published extensively in a range of scientific journals and has given invited lectures at meetings all over the world. He places particular emphasis on bringing academics with diverse backgrounds together in productive collaborations.

Simon French
Simon French is the newly appointed Professor of Musculoskeletal Disorders at Macquarie University. He will be transitioning from his current position, that of Associate Professor, where he holds the Canadian Chiropractic Research Professorship in Rehabilitation Therapy at Queen’s University in Canada. He conducts research in the area of knowledge translation in primary healthcare settings with a focus on improving the quality of the management of musculoskeletal conditions. He also undertakes randomised controlled trials and systematic reviews of interventions relevant to primary care settings. He is Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the journal Chiropractic & Manual Therapies.

Workshop 1.
Topic: Alternate study designs to randomised trials for evaluating intervention effectiveness.
Moderator: Simon French

Workshop 2.
Topic: “Leg length discrepancy, Hip degeneration, and Low back pain”
Moderator: Michael F. Azari  

Michael Azari is a Senior Research Fellow, School of Health & Biomedical Sciences, RMIT University, Chiropractor and clinical chiropractic researcher as well as a cellular & molecular neurobiologist. Author of: 31 peer-review scientific papers including 14 related to chiropractic; and a book chapter on spinal cord injury. 2006 to 2009 – NHMRC Health Professional Research Training Fellow. Collaborates in clinical research nationally and internationally and teaches clinical subjects at RMIT.

You will need to choose your workshop when registering for the Research Day as you will be sent two articles on the topic to read prior to the day. The workshop moderators will pose a question and your group will discuss this in smaller groups and return to present some suggested answers.

The Research Day coincides with the first day (i.e. Friday) of the joint Chiropractic Australia / COCA Annual Conference at the same venue so the afternoon will be devoted to Podium (and Poster) Research Presentations. Support for the Research Day is provided by COCA Research Ltd. The morning of Research Day is open to all chiropractors or osteopaths interested in research. Note that we are limited by room size so register soon.

Those wanting to obtain Formal Learning Activity hours will be required to sign in and complete an open book test on basic elements of the topics offered. A record of your attendance and corresponding CPD hours will be available on request from the COCA office (ph: 1300 13 99 50).


8.30 – 9.00amRegistration and poster display.
9:00 – 9:05amOpening remarks by research day convenor Associate Professor Bruce Walker AM
9.05 – 9.35amProfessor Rachelle Buchbinder: “The future of research funding for musculoskeletal disorders in Australia”. Includes 10 minutes of questions
9.35am – 10.05amProfessor Jan Hartvigsen: “What research will progress the chiropractic profession and patient care the fastest?” Includes 10 minutes of questions
10.05am- 10.30amAssociate Professor Simon French: “The Canadian Research professorships. How they work.” Includes 10 minutes questions.
10.30am-11.00amMorning Tea / Networking / Posters
11.00 – 12:00 noonWorkshop concurrent sessions and moderators:

1. Simon French
2. Michael Azari

12:00 – 1:00pmLunch and Networking / Posters
1:00 – 3:00 pmResearch presentations (12 @ 8 minutes each (plus question time)
3:00 – 3.30 pmAfternoon Tea / Networking / Posters
3.30 – 4:30 pmResearch presentations (6 @ 8 minutes each (plus question time)
4:30 – 5:00 pmWorkshops wrap up by moderators / closing remarks / review of podium presentations


Note: Prizes for research presentations will be awarded at the Conference on the weekend.