Advocacy

Submissions

As part of our commitment to members we develop and distribute submissions that represent their interests.

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TAC Regarding Vocational Rehabilitation Providers in Victoria

We welcome the opportunity to provide a submission to the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) in Victoria regarding the inclusion of chiropractors as recognised providers of vocational rehabilitation services to TAC clients. 

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Revised Regulatory Principles for National Scheme

We support the proposed revisions to the regulatory principles for the National Scheme. We agree that the two policy directions the CoAG Health Council issued have been met. They ensure the principles reflect the aim of protecting the public while assuring patient safety and quality of health services. The revisions balance the broader community’s expectations against professional peer and peak body expectations.
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Urgent Assistance a Vital Lifeline for Victorian Chiropractors

Many Victorian chiropractors in the private sector have restricted their practice to essential services, by choice and by government directive. CA calls on the Victorian Government to enable access to financial relief for healthcare businesses forced to restrict service delivery during the circuit-breaker lockdown. Read CA’s Chairman of the Board, Adjunct Professor Rodney Bonello’s full media release here.
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Revised English Language Skills Registration Standards

We support the proposed revisions to the regulatory principles for the National Scheme. We agree that the two policy directions the CoAG Health Council issued have been met. They ensure the principles reflect the aim of protecting the public while assuring patient safety and quality of health services. The revisions balance the broader community’s expectations against professional peer and peak body expectations.
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Commission on Safety & Quality in Health Care

CA strongly supports the Commission’s initiative in developing the Low Back Pain Clinical Care Standard. We have identified potential opportunities to improve access and management of patients with low back pain by broadening the range of practitioners to more effectively employ the underused expertise of allied health practitioners. We believe the change would improve clinical outcomes for patients.
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Ahpra Shared Code of Conduct review

Chiropractic Australia recognises that certain aspects of practice are specific to various professions, and particular idiosyncrasies apply to the chiropractic profession. We agree that a guideline or similar material can appropriately supplement many aspects of the shared Code of Conduct. We believe that separating out this information into more profession-specific content, only where applicable, will make the information more accessible and easier to find rather than having it buried as an appendix in the shared Code of Conduct.

Policy Statements

As part of our commitment to members we develop and distribute submissions that represent their interests.

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Anti-Harassment

We are committed to creating environments free from discrimination and sexual harassment, where all individuals are treated with dignity, courtesy and respect. Discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, age, ethnicity, culture, faith, disability, physical appearance, or technological skill is not tolerated by CA. View our policy and Code of Conduct here.

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Chiropractic Education

CA believes it is essential that chiropractic training is evidence based and is underpinned by research. Content must be scientifically current and should reinforce the value of clinical experience. Patient-centred care should be the focus of its practical training. We believe education must be delivered by higher learning institutions within the university system. Read our full policy here.

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Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

We advocate ethical and safe, quality chiropractic practice and believe continuing professional development (CPD) is essential to achieving this. We provide education programs to members that are based on the principles of evidence-based health care, using the best available scientific understanding to maximise positive health care outcomes and to minimise risk. Read more about our CPD programs here.

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Diagnostic Radiology/Radiography in Chiropractic Practice

CA’s position is that radiology may be a valuable diagnostic tool. Its use can serve several purposes in conjunction with a comprehensive history and physical examination findings. This policy provides clarity on which clinical scenarios CA recommends the use of diagnostic radiology and those we do not.  View our policy on the use of conventional diagnostic radiology here.

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Evidence Based Practice

CA holds the position that clinical services should adhere to the principles of evidence-based practice, both in diagnostic clinical decision making and in the provision of therapeutic care. This involves the integration of the individual chiropractor’s expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research and the expectations, desires and needs of the patient.

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Inter-Professional Practice

CA supports the contributions that chiropractors make to patient-centred, evidence-based care. Chiropractors work with a variety of health professionals in making their contributions to optimise patient well-being. We endorse research findings that show that the best patient outcomes can be derived from a multidisciplinary approach. Read our full Inter-Professional Practice policy here.

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Paediatric care

While the treatment of adults remains the majority of chiropractic practice, care of infants and children is common. When caring for children the treatment goals must not be in conflict with the best available clinical evidence. CA recommends a collaborative approach in the delivery of care is recommended as part of a patient centred approach. Download the full policy here.

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Addendum to Paediatric Care Policy - Manual Therapy Care For Infants

Chiropractors have used manual therapy as part of their care for unsettled and distressed infants and have conducted much of the research that informs society’s understanding of safety and efficacy of manual therapy in infants. CA cautions the evidence base is sparse at this time and health providers must proceed with a critical mind. Read our policy on manual therapy for infants here.

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Vaccination & Immunisation

CA endorses Government policy on immunisation as a  safe and effective way of to protect against harmful diseases.  Our position is that both vaccination and immunisation are outside the scope of chiropractic practice and therefore patients seeking advice on specific aspects these health topics should be referred to an appropriately trained health professional. Read the full policy here.

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Vertebral Subluxation Complex

The vertebral subluxation complex (VSC) is a conceptual model that has resulted in much debate and some chiropractors use it to inform their clinical decision making. In order to assess the clinical utility of the term, additional research is required. CA is in agreement with the General Chiropractic Council policy statement and supports their position on the term VSC, detailed here.

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The Provision of “Wellness” Care

Chiropractic “wellness” care, often referred to as “maintenance care”, has been accepted by many chiropractors as an integral part of practice and the two terms have often been used interchangeably. CA’s position is that they have two distinct meanings with wellness care being a patient-centred process emphasising health promotion and disease prevention. Read the full policy here.

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Privacy

Your personal information is important to us and CA recognises the importance of your privacy.  We will only collect personal information by lawful and fair means. This Privacy Policy describes what information CA collects, how it uses that information and what your rights are regarding any information that you supply to us. Read our full privacy policy here or contact us for further information.

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