$2.1 million in funding for chiropractic research

As part of a broader funding initiative to support innovative research into back pain, hearing, vision, dementia and cancer immunotherapy, Minister for Health and Aged Care – The Hon Greg Hunt MP – awarded over $5.3 million dollars in June to support three new projects facilitated by Macquarie University and the outstanding researchers moving the needle of enquiry in these respective fields.

 Chiropractic Australia would like to congratulate all of the researchers from Macquarie University who were successful in receiving grants as part of the Medical Research Future Fund scheme, including two valued members of our Chiropractic Australia Research Foundation Board; Professor Simon French and Dr Katie De Luca.

In partnership with Professor Mark Hancock from the Department of Health Professions, Professor Simon French will lead the project to investigate whether patients with low back pain would benefit from team-based care by integrating physiotherapists or chiropractors into GP clinics. Joined by fellow chief investigator, Dr Katie De Luca, the research team will be evaluating the effects of this integrative approach on patient health, health system outcomes and costs.

The Chiropractic Australia community eagerly awaits the results of this exciting research and looks forward to the valuable insights it will provide for practitioners, patients and decision-makers alike.

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As an evidence-based organisation, representing over 1400 members in the allied health sector nationally, the safety and well-being of all chiropractic professionals – and the patients they provide care for – is our preeminent priority. As such, Chiropractic Australia supports regional public health orders and data-informed suppression strategies in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, including the recent introduction of mandatory vaccinations for primary contact health workers – including chiropractic practitioners – across all of Tasmania and selected local government areas of concern in New South Wales.
As is the case for every long-standing organisation, it is necessary to periodically review, recalibrate and reinvigorate strategic direction; and Chiropractic Australia is no different. Outlined in our 2021/2024 Strategic Plan, we have embraced the need for change and myriad of opportunities before us to ensure the continued legacy of member service and support that has been synonymous with our association for the last 27 years. The exciting operational developments made throughout 2020 and 2021, as well as those forthcoming, ensure the bright future of Chiropractic Australia rests upon a robust organisational footing.
A report released this week by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) Australian Burden of Disease Study 2018: key findings, reveals that Australians overall health is improving. However, the report notes that 5 disease groups caused the most burden with musculoskeletal complaints accounting for 13% of the burden, second only to cancer at 18%. Injuries accounted for 8.4%. These findings support previous international reports that have shown that back pain is the leading cause of disability globally, and chiropractors are well placed to assist with both musculoskeletal problems and other modifiable risk factors.

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