Advocacy Update | Chiropractic Australia


In response to our recent advocacy effort and submission to the Victorian Government, Minister Foley’s office confirmed last week that the list of industries eligible to receive the second-round support package had been broadened to include Chiropractic and Osteopathic Services (Class 8534), which had previously been excluded; despite no longer having access to JobKeeper or other financial support. This was positive and timely outcome for those effected by current lockdown restrictions, and a reassuring reminder to all our members throughout Australia that your concerns are being heard and the needs of our profession are being recognised.

Chiropractic Australia has also been in regular, direct contact with Chief Allied Health Officer – Donna Markham – to provide expert interpretation, guidance and clarity around COVIDSafe restrictions as they unfold and evolve, and to deliver clear guidance as to how this effects you and you practice.

On behalf of all CA Members and the broader profession, Chiropractic Australia is committed to actively and impactfully advocating to the public, Government, regulators, & third-party payers to ensure that your collective voice is heard and your interestes are represented.

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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 to support three new projects undertaken by the outstanding researchers moving the needle of enquiry in these respective fields. We would like to congratulate all of the researchers from Macquarie University who were successful in receiving these grants, including two members of our Chiropractic Australia Research Foundation Board; Professor Simon French & Dr Katie De Luca.
WorkSafe’s WorkWell Program supports workplace leaders to prevent mental injury and promote safe and mentally healthy workplaces, taking an evidence-based approach to positive system-level change. Championing workplace leaders and employers as change makers, Workwell provides access to opportunities for knowledge sharing, funding and resources – known as the ‘Learning Networks’, the ‘Mental Health Improvement Fund’ and the ‘Toolkit’ respectively. We are proud to support the WorkWell initiative and it’s evidence-based approach to creating safe and mentally healthy workplaces in Victoria.
Our 2020 PhD Scholarship participant Simon Vella is a chiropractor, PhD research candidate and casual tutor in the Department of Chiropractic at Macquarie University. Simon completed his Master of Research Program through Macquarie University on lumbopelvic and lower limb biomechanics in 2020. He is currently a PhD candidate focusing on emergency and paramedic healthcare for low back pain through the Institute for Musculoskeletal Health at The University of Sydney. “I became a chiropractor to help people and promote the active care paradigm which promotes progress…”

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