Chiropractic Australia is dedicated to stewarding and safeguarding the sustainability of our sector through effective governance, innovation and ethical practice.


Chiropractic Australia is dedicated to stewarding and safeguarding the sustainability of our sector through effective governance, innovation and ethical practice.

Driven by a focus on digitalisation and adaptability, the past 12 months has been a time of transformation for Chiropractic Australia in working to modernise our internal processes, governance structure, representative position and service offering to better meet the growing needs of our members into 2022 and beyond.

Whilst paying homage to our rich history, and COCA’s well-established foundation in clinical research, Chiropractic Australia is collectively embracing the need for change in becoming a peak body that truly encompasses best-practice across all areas of operation.

Anti-Discrimination &

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.


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.

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.

Diagnostic Radiology / Radiography

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.

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.


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.


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.

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.

Vaccination and

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.

Vertebral Subluxation

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.


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.


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.

Chiropractic Australia was established as a separate member organisation by chiropractors for chiropractors and is governed by an Executive Board. The Board which will be elected by members of Chiropractic Australia, will meet not less than six times per year including an Annual General Meeting. Membership is subject to the Terms & Conditions of Membership which should be read in conjunction with the CA Constitution. Chiropractic Australia was established as a separate member organisation by chiropractors for chiropractors and is governed by an Executive Board. 

Rodney Bonello

Dale Comrie
Vice President

John Kaloger

Jessica Bravo

Stan Innes

Michael Swain

Andrew Vitiello

Katie De Luca

Jeffrey Herbert

Sandra Grace

Simon French

Matthew Bulman

  • Anti-Discrimination & Anti Harassment
  • Chiropractic Education
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Diagnostic Radiology / Radiography
  • Evidence Based Practice (EBP)
  • Inter-professional Practice
  • Paediatric Care with Addendum on Manual Therapy for Infants
  • Privacy
  • Vaccination and Immunisation
  • Vertebral Subluxation Complex
  • Wellness Care

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.

Commission on Safety & Quality in Health Care - low back pain clinical care standard

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.

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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