Membership fees for Chiropractic Australia are as follows:
- Full member – $645.00 + once only $115.00 joining fee
- Overseas full member – $645.00 + once only $115.00 joining fee
- Affiliate member (part time)* – $329.00 + once only $40.00 joining fee
- First year graduate member – $295
- Academic member – Free
- Student member – Free
- Affiliate membership applies to those working 20 hours or less per week
- Strong political and media representation
- Vocational advocacy and support
- Inter-professional advocacy
- Confidence in knowing you are a member of an organisation that will represent you and the chiropractic profession to make Australian chiropractors recognised as non-surgical spine and musculoskeletal experts
- Extremely competitive high quality Professional Indemnity and Public Liability Insurance through AON
- International affiliation with the Royal College of Chiropractors in the UK and access to the world renowned CPiRLS adverse event reporting system
- Discounts on Red Cross First Aid Training
- Nissan Fleet discounts
- Car Hire discounts
- Business support services
- Free clinical audit
No. Chiropractic Australia is a separate organisation established as a separate not-for-profit company. Chiropractic Australia will operate differently. It will be more practice focused and support special interest groups and play a strong role in advocating chiropractic to government and the media. These are activities in which COCA has not been active.
Chiropractic Australia has its own Board and will operate independently of COCA. We will call on COCA to provide continuing education services and as a source of research sponsorship.
We have plans for advocating on behalf of Australia’s chiropractors to Federal and State ministers, especially in the areas of health and education to establish chiropractic as a recognised and accepted stakeholder in Australia’s healthcare system.
Chiropractic Australia will also lobby and advocate for stronger inter-professional relationships with other registered health professions. We will interact frequently with the media, being pro-active with positive content, rather than only reacting to negative press.
There are many differences. Our policies are a good example as they define what we are all about and show our support for quality care in areas such as paediatrics, maintenance care and wellness.
Our membership fees show that we are offering excellent value for money. We can keep our fees low because our Directors are volunteers and the focus is on running a lean, effective advocacy operation. There will be no director stipends, no extravagant board dinners, no business class airfares. We value honesty, integrity, ethics, accountability, and remaining true to our vision.
Our focus is on protecting and advancing the interests of all Australian Chiropractors and to operate purely for the benefit of our members.
We have the support of some of Australia’s most prominent chiropractors. Their testimonials are on our website.
This is about a fresh start. This is our opportunity to put the failures and frustrations of the past behind us and to unite to effectively advocate for our profession to government, the media and the public.
We are not saying don’t join CAA; we are simply saying Chiropractic Australia is for all of us and it is time for a new body to bring all chiropractors together and to take us forward.
Chiropractic Australia will embrace the broad spectrum of excellent work that chiropractors across the country provide every day to hundreds of thousands of patients. COCA has been criticised for being too academic, for only supporting a limited scope of practice. The CAA has been criticised for defending all manner of techniques and business practices – even dubious ones. We will speak out against dubious practices and techniques where there is clear evidence that there are more effective and safer alternatives. That means we will advocate strongly for what is probably over 95% of chiropractic procedures.