President’s Message – September 2021

The exciting operational developments made throughout 2020 and 2021, as well as those forthcoming, are unpinned by the updating of our constitution and governance structure – in line with best-practice benchmarks – to ensure the bright future of Chiropractic Australia rests upon a robust organisational footing.

As is the case for every long-standing organisation with an enduring commitment to resilience and relevance, 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. Reflecting the strategic pillars that form the foundation of our renewed organisational direction, this year has – already – seen the successful implementation of several initiatives that have redefined how we connect, engage, advance and sustain all constituents of our national membership and broader profession.

With particular reference to the latter pillar, we have undertaken a series of significant steps in recent months to modernise the portfolio structure, systems, infrastructure and business practices behind Chiropractic Australia. A key step in this process to safeguard the ongoing sustainability of Chiropractic Australia – and the professional stewardship we exist to deliver – is the updating of the constitution; and the board therefore seeks the endorsement and adoption of a major rewrite of this vitally important document and future-focussed review of the current governance structure.

A series of Q&A sessions with both myself and Chief Executive Officer – Matthew Monaghan – are scheduled during the month of September to provide members with an opportunity to seek clarity on any of the proposed changes. An electronic version of the Q & A document will also be made available via the Chiropractic Australia website, and I encourage all members to join us for one of these sessions and share your valued input.

Finally, I would also like invite all members to register for and attend the upcoming Chiropractic Australia Annual General Meeting, to be held on 30 September 2021, and be a part of this great opportunity to contribute to the future direction of Chiropractic Australia and to glean further operational insights from the board and leadership team.

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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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