Chiropractic Australia

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→ Submission to the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care on the draft Low Back Pain Clinical Care Standard.

Submission to the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care on the draft Low Back Pain Clinical Care Standard.

Submission to the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care on the draft Low Back Pain Clinical Care Standard.


In June 2019 Chiropractic Australia made a submission to the Safer Care Victoria review panel regarding chiropractic spinal manipulation on children under the age of 12 years.

This is the full submission: Safer Care Victoria Submission Key points included:

  • In the care of children, chiropractors use many different therapeutic approaches; not just manipulation.
  • While spinal manipulation may be employed, other therapies are used more often.
  • Chiropractors in Australia provide thousands of paediatric consultations each day.
  • The safety record of chiropractic treatment for children and infants is exceptionally strong.
  • In the last 50 years internationally, only 15 paediatric cases of serious injury after manipulation have been reported; 7 of those following chiropractic. This over a background of many millions of treatments rendered.
  • The best, most recent evidence shows that chiropractic treatment can be useful in the treatment of some non-musculoskeletal conditions including infantile colic and headache.
  • The usual indication for chiropractic care remains primary musculoskeletal problems although chiropractic can be useful as supportive care for children with secondary MSK problems, such as those associated with asthma.
  • The restriction of a therapy on the basis of age is not scientifically valid or defensible.
  • If the Commission seeks to limit the use of manipulation it must do so for all the health professions who use joint manipulation, not just chiropractic.
  • Chiropractic paediatric care should be developed into an endorsed area of practice, with recognised advanced training options.
  • Research funds should be made available for investigations into the benefits of manual therapy for infants and children.
  • Promotional testimonial videos of treatment should be banned.
  • Tougher penalties should be in place for health professionals who breach AHPRA guidelines and the Code of Conduct in the area of paediatrics.

 

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