President’s Message

The last 12 months have been challenging for all of us, and – more than ever – Chiropractic Australia recognises the importance of adaptability in the face of uncertainty. As we now take a proactive and positive approach in response to the present environment and the growing needs of our members; we are eager to begin the process of building a brighter and more resilient future for the Chiropractic sector.

As an organisation, we have taken this opportunity to focus on the enhancing the suite of support services that we offer members, as well committing additional resources to expanding our membership offering, advocacy efforts and research capacity. The most significant of these new developments is our new and improved Chiropractic Australia website, and I know I speak for the both the Board and the Staff Team in proudly welcoming you to our new digital home.

Our vision for the new website was to create an interactive platform for members to be able to easily access important information, facilitate greater communication with the Chiropractic Australia support team and utilise a range of powerful features to simplify and streamline CPD for Chiropractors. Having reflected on the recent launch, and the positive feedback from our valued members, I am confident is saying that our goals for the new website have been well and truly achieved; and we look forward to rolling out a number of additional features over the coming months.

Aside from the reimagined Journal Club and soon-to-be-released CPD Tracker as part of the brand-new Member Portal, I would also like to reiterate the value of the regularly updated GEN-C online learning platform – delivered in partnership with Royal College of Chiropractors (RCC) and the European Chiropractors Unions (ECU) – and the significant discount pricing offered to Chiropractic Australia Members. In the latest module released, Dr Jamiu Busari, Associate Professor of Medical Education at Maastricht University, Consultant Paediatrician and Dean HOH Academy, Haratio Oduber Hospital, Aruba, shares with his expert insights on the need for more interprofessional collaboration, cooperation and communication.

In addition to GEN-C, we are also excited to have recently announced an expanded program of professional development opportunities for our members and the broader profession – held both in-person and online – including our Upcoming National Seminar Series. With the first of this series kicking off in Sydney on the 28th of August, these state-based events will feature presentations from subject-matter experts and leaders in the areas of health-service communication and risk management, together will local speakers from each respective state. The theme of this year’s National Seminar Series to be held Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth is CONNECT, COMMUNICATE, ASSESS; centred around the importance of the practitioner/patient relationship – and fundamental skills required to support this – in the delivery effective health outcomes.

Last but not least, I would like to take the opportunity to extend a personal invitation to all Chiropractic Australia Member to the Inaugural Annual Oration & President’s Address to be held on 30th June 2021 at 8:00pm AEST. In this free member-only event, I will be delivering an Opening Address providing key updates regarding CA’s 2021-2024 strategic direction, Dr Stanley Innes will be sharing his expertise & insights in an Oration titled ‘The Power of the Spinal Adjustment, Unproven Gold or Critical Thinking’, and Dr Jessica Bravo will be presenting Covid-19; The Disrupter – as she explores the impact on practice and what the next 12-18 months will look like.

I hope you will be able to join us for one – or many – of our upcoming events and seize the opportunity to engage with fellow members, peers, and the broader Chiropractic community.

Until we next connect, stay safe.

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