Our Response to Mandatory Vaccinations

Our Response to Mandatory Vaccinations

Our Response to Mandatory Vaccinations

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.

Chiropractic Australia endorses the Australian Government’s policy and position on vaccinations as a simple, safe and effective way of protecting people against preventable and infectious diseases.

With regards to the COVID-19 pandemic, this support is underpinned by the substantial and growing body of evidence that demonstrates the efficacy of the currently available vaccines – Pfizer and AstraZeneca – in reducing disease spread, chance of complications and covid-related burden on hospitals, medical workers and the broader healthcare system.

Under normal circumstances, Chiropractic Australia respects the voluntary nature of vaccination as a medical intervention and the individual right to informed choice, however – in the exceptional case of a global health crisis – registered chiropractors have a special responsibility to themselves, their patients, and the public at large, in the prevention and control of COVID-19 as primary contact care providers.

Given the scope, severity and scale of COVID-19 outbreaks across Australia, and provision of attendant emergency powers to respective states and territories, we support the regional public health orders and data-informed suppression strategy in addressing the pandemic; including the introduction of mandatory vaccinations for chiropractic practitioners across Tasmania and some local government areas of concern in New South Wales (excepting those clinicians who work exclusively in private practice).

We acknowledge that this is a complex issue and recognise the significance of these mandates for many of our members working in public-entity controlled settings, including hospitals and aged care facilities. However, after careful collective consideration, the Chiropractic Australia board stands in steadfast support of these necessary measures – and the evidence that underpins them – in protecting those most vulnerable and the broader community from COVID-19.
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As a featured guest at the 2021 Chiropractic Australia Summit Online, Dr Andrew Vitiello delivered a timely and insightful presentation about overcoming internal and external roadblocks that can arise throughout the CPD process. Dr Vitiello shared a number of key insights into how to avoid overwhelm and uncertainty on the learning journey, as well as how to apply a metacognitive approach to shifting our perspective to see CPD as an exciting and transformative opportunity to grow; rather than merely a necessary obligation to fulfill our requirements as registered healthcare professionals.
After graduating from RMIT University in 1994, Dale spent three months at the Royal Saskatoon Hospital, Saskatchewan, Canada before returning to Australia in 1995, Dale commenced work as an associate at the Heidelberg Chiropractic Clinic and took over as principal in 2000. Dale’s practice focuses on general chiropractic practice and incorporating evidence-based practice with low tech rehabilitation. Through his position on the Chiropractic Australia board, Dale has been integral in the development of compliance issues for chiropractors and their clinics across Victoria.
With registration renewal process opening shortly for chiropractors, Chiropractic Board of Australia Chair – Dr Wayne Minter AM – has provided a summary of key topics and guidance regarding the annual requirements; from covid-safe CPD opportunites, to first-aid training, financial hardship and compliance with advertising regulations. At renewal, you will be asked important questions about how you are meeting the Board’s registration standards including criminal history, professional indemnity insurance, recency of practice and continuing professional development.

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