Chiropractic Australia

director's profiles

President

Professor Rod Bonello

BSc (Syd), DO, DC (SCC), MHA (UNSW), FRCC

Professor Bonello currently holds an adjunct position in the College of Science, Health, Engineering and Education, Murdoch University. Formerly the Head of Department and founder of Chiropractic studies at Macquarie University, he graduated from Sydney University in 1979 with a Bachelor degree majoring in Anatomy, the Sydney College of Chiropractic in 1981 with the Doctor of Chiropractic diploma, and then the University of New South Wales in 1988 with a Masters degree in Health Administration. He holds two fellowships, one with the Royal College of Chiropractors (UK) and the other with the international College of Chiropractors (USA).

Professor Bonello’s research interest is in injury management, having published 70 papers. He has held several senior posts including Honorary Secretary of the Australian Spinal Research Foundation for 14 years. In addition, he has served on a number of Government advisory bodies on clinical education, professional accreditation, on registration boards and health care complaints tribunals. He is highly sought after as a medicolegal consultant on medical negligence and other matters. He is founding President of Chiropractic Australia.

 

VIce President

Dr Dale Comrie

BAppSc(Chiro)

Dr Comrie graduated from RMIT University in 1994. He spent 3 months after graduation at the Royal Saskatoon Hospital, Saskatchewan, Canada observing David Cassidy, Pierre Cote, and medical specialists at the hospital. In 1995 he commenced work as an associate at the Heidelberg Chiropractic Clinic and took over as principal in 2000.  His practice focuses on general chiropractic practice and incorporating evidence-based practice with low tech rehabilitation.

Dr Comrie is a founding Board member and current Vice President of Chiropractic Australia and formerly held positions as secretary and president of the Chiropractic & Osteopathic College of Australasia after joining the Board in 1997. In 2018 he was awarded Life Membership for his contribution to both organisations.

 

Treasurer

Dr John Kaloger

DC, DipAcup, DO

Dr Kaloger is a registered Osteopath, Chiropractor and Acupuncturist. His practice involves managing musculoskeletal conditions through a multimodal approach using osteopathic, chiropractic and acupuncture techniques.

Dr Kaloger has an interest in treating soft tissue injuries and pain management and has developed a special interest in treating and managing sports injuries in order to provide patients with knowledge on self-management programs. His focus on evidence-based research in the area of physical therapy enables patients’ to be educated in terms of options regarding their pain management and facilitates choice in the direction of their ongoing therapy to accommodate their individual needs.

Dr Kaloger has been an executive member of Chiropractic Australia (formerly COCA) for 26 years as well as treasurer for the last 20 years and was awarded life membership in 2013. In the last five years he has held the position of President of Chiropractic Australia Professional Development and is currently active in his pursuit of further research.

Board Member

Dr Jessica Bravo

DC, BSc Kin (Hons)

Dr Bravo was born and raised in Ontario,Canada, and attended McMaster University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Growing up, her early interest in athletics exposed her to the positive benefits of chiropractic care and the importance of developing a well-balanced lifestyle. Dr Bravo continued her education in Toronto at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, receiving a Doctor of Chiropractic. Graduating on the Dean’s List with clinic honours, Dr Bravo prides herself in providing high quality care to her patients through an evidence-based approach.

In 2017, Dr Bravo founded The Wellness Plan, an evidence-based chiropractic clinic in Gardenvale, Victoria, where her chiropractic interests include sports, rehabilitation, nutrition, and the importance of both mind and body wellness. In 2018 she joined the board of Chiropractic Australia and is currently assisting as Secretary.

Board Member

Dr Stanley Innes

BAppSc(Chiro), BHons(Psych), MPsych, PhD

Dr Innes graduated as a chiropractor from RMIT in 1983. He practiced for more than 30 years in private clinical practice in outer Melbourne, Victoria, and during that time completed his training as a clinical psychologist in 2002.

Dr Innes was appointed as a Lecturer at Murdoch University (Western Australia) in 2014. He teaches subjects in rehabilitation, ethics, professional practice and mental health care in chiropractic practice. His research areas have included chiropractic student well-being, accreditation and the competent practice of chiropractic that were part of his PhD that was  completed in 2009.

Several recent publications have looked at facilitators and barriers to chiropractic professional membership. Since his time at Murdoch University he has had 24 publications resulting in a h-index of 9 and a Field-weighted citation index of 1.5.

 

Board Member

Dr Amanda Kimpton

BAppSC(Chiro), GradCert(TTL), PhD (Edinburgh)

Dr Kimpton is currently Program Coordinator for the Chiropractic Discipline, School of Health and Biomedical Sciences, RMIT University. In 2002 she completed her PhD at The Medical School, University of Edinburgh in peripheral nerve injury and repair. Her experience includes clinical practice, academia and industry. In 2015 she was the recipient of a teaching award for Innovation in Curricula, Learning and Teaching.

Dr Kimpton has served on several boards including regulatory and accreditation for both state and national jurisdictions. She has been a member of RMIT University Academic Board and the Human Ethics Advisory Network committee. She is primary supervisor for three PhD students whose research topics include nursing and education.

 

Board Member

Dr Michael Swain

BChiroSc, MChiro, ICSSD, MPhil, PhD, FRCC

Dr Swain is a chiropractor, health researcher, and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chiropractic at Macquarie University. In 2011, he completed his Master of Philosophy at Macquarie University in sport injury epidemiology and in 2019 he completed his PhD at the Institute for Musculoskeletal Health, University of Sydney, in adolescent pain and injury.

Dr Swain has published 34 papers and received awards for his work at national and international symposia. He is a Governor of the Sydney College of Chiropractic, an honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Chiropractors (UK), and Senior Fellow of the Chiropractic Academy for Research Leadership (CARL).

Board Member

Dr Andrew Vitiello

BSc(Anat), MChiro, PhD, FRCC

Dr Vitiello is a chiropractor and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences at Central Queensland University (CQU). In 2010 he completed his PhD at Macquarie University investigating the effects of school backpack design on muscular fatigue and perceived exertion in school children. His backpack design was also an Australian Design Awards finalist.

Dr Vitiello is currently on the low risk ethics board and a member of the College of Health Sciences course committee at CQU as well as a primary supervisor for two PhD candidates and four Master of Research (MRes) candidates at CQU.  In 2009 he was admitted as a Fellow to the Royal College of Chiropractors.

 

 

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