Research Foundation Board

Dr Katie de Luca

Dr Katie de Luca

BAppSci, MChiro, PhD

Dr de Luca is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Macquarie University and received her PhD from the University of Newcastle in 2016. Her research is centred on improving the understanding and delivery of healthcare for musculoskeletal conditions, particularly in older people. Her recent work includes that of Chief Investigator for the Back Complaints in the Elders: Chiropractic Australia study, a $406K industry funded project. With over 30 peer-reviewed publications, Dr de Luca is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics and Chiropractic and Manual Therapies, and has presented more than 50 times at regional, national and international conferences.

Dr Jeffrey Hebert

Dr Jeffrey Hebert

DC, PhD, Professor

Dr Hebert is the CCRF/NBHRF Chair of Musculoskeletal Health Research at the  University of New Brunswick in Canada. Previous appointments include positions as a Senior Lecturer of Rehabilitation Science (Murdoch University) and Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery (University of Utah). He has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (University of Denver) as well as a Doctorate in Chiropractic (Palmer College) and PhD in Exercise Science (University of Utah). His research interests include clinical and epidemiological investigations of musculoskeletal disorders, as well as the role of physical activity in health and wellbeing. He is also an Associate Editor for the journal Chiropractic and Manual Therapies.

Dr Simon French

Dr Simon French

BAppSc, MPH, PhD, Professor

A Professor of Musculoskeletal Disorders at the Department of Chiropractic, Macquarie University, Dr French completed his PhD at Monash University. He undertook his post-doctoral position at the University of Melbourne. From 2013 to 2018 he was based at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada, and held the Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation Professorship in the School of Rehabilitation Therapy. Dr French conducts research in the area of knowledge translation in primary healthcare settings with a focus on the management of low back pain and osteoarthritis. His research aims to improve the quality of healthcare by understanding, informing and improving health practices.

Dr Amelia Pappas

BSc, BAppSc, Mast Clin, Chiro

Dr Pappas is certified in Cox Flexion-Distraction spinal decompression therapy based in Melbourne. Her certification in Cox Therapy has steered her focus towards the management and rehabilitation of disc injuries, pregnancy related back pain, postural strain and joint dysfunction. Flex Spinal places emphasis on a strong rehabilitation program for patients to support accurate self management. Dr Amelia Pappas holds a position on the Chiropractic Australia Research Foundation (CARF) Board and has a strong focus on evidence based practice, delivering high quality care and maintains a keen interest in current musculoskeletal related research.

Dr Matthew Bulman

BHSc (Chiro) MClinChiro

Dr. Bulman is clinical chiropractor and a 2011 graduate of RMIT.  He has worked as an associate, consultant, and principle chiropractor.  He has an interest in  sports chiropractic and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal disorders.  He is currently an employee of Work Healthy Australia, where he provides on-site healthcare for workplaces in Tasmania.  Since 2011, Dr Bulman has contributed to COCA News and CA News with a variety of articles and interviews pertaining to evidence based chiropractic.

Dr Sandra Grace

DipEd, BA, GradCert, MSc, PhD, DC, DO

Dr Grace is Director of Research at the School of Health and Human Sciences at Southern Cross University and a Research Fellow at the Education for Practice Institute, Charles Sturt University. Her roles include enhancing the scholarship and practice of osteopathy through teaching, student supervision, research and publications. She has extensive experience as a practitioner in private practice and as a curriculum developer, teacher and clinical supervisor in higher education; with current research projects including: inter-professional education and practice, primary healthcare service delivery, clinical reasoning and benchmarking for quality in osteopathic assessments.

Dr Cameron McConville

BAppSc, BAScChiro

Dr McConville is an RMIT graduate and is the Director of the Warragul Chiropractic Centre, which he established in 1997. His chiropractic services are based on the latest evidence in spinal care. He utilises a range of techniques including traditional spinal manipulation, soft tissue therapies, spinal decompression, Cox therapy and exercise rehabilitation. 

Dr Jessica Bravo DC

Director and principal clinician of an allied health clinic in Gardenvale VIC

Dr Bravo was born and raised in Ontario, Canada, and attended McMaster University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Growing up, her early interest in athletics exposed her to the positive benefits of chiropractic care and the importance of developing a well-balanced lifestyle. Dr Bravo continued her education in Toronto at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, receiving a Doctor of Chiropractic.

Graduating on the Dean’s List with clinic honours, Dr Bravo prides herself in providing high quality care to her patients through an evidence-based approach.

In 2017, Dr Bravo founded The Wellness Plan, an evidence-based chiropractic clinic in Gardenvale, Victoria, where her chiropractic interests include sports, rehabilitation, nutrition, and the importance of both mind and body wellness. In 2018 she joined the board of Chiropractic Australia and is currently assisting as Secretary.

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Dr Bravo was born and raised in Ontario, Canada, and attended McMaster University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Growing up, her early interest in athletics exposed her to the positive benefits of chiropractic care and the importance of developing a well-balanced lifestyle. Dr Bravo continued her education in Toronto at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, receiving a Doctor of Chiropractic.

Dr Bravo was born and raised in Ontario, Canada, and attended McMaster University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Growing up, her early interest in athletics exposed her to the positive benefits of chiropractic care and the importance of developing a well-balanced lifestyle. Dr Bravo continued her education in Toronto at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, receiving a Doctor of Chiropractic.

Graduating on the Dean’s List with clinic honours, Dr Bravo prides herself in providing high quality care to her patients through an evidence-based approach.

In 2017, Dr Bravo founded The Wellness Plan, an evidence-based chiropractic clinic in Gardenvale, Victoria, where her chiropractic interests include sports, rehabilitation, nutrition, and the importance of both mind and body wellness. In 2018 she joined the board of Chiropractic Australia and is currently assisting as Secretary.

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Dr Dale Comrie

Principle of the Heidelberg Chiropractic Clinic

Dr Comrie graduated from RMIT University in 1994. He spent 3 months after graduation at the Royal Saskatoon Hospital, Saskatchewan, Canada observing David Cassidy, Pierre Cote, and medical specialists at the hospital. In 1995 he commenced work as an associate at the Heidelberg Chiropractic Clinic and took over as principal in 2000. His practice focuses on general chiropractic practice and incorporating evidence-based practice with low tech rehabilitation.

Dr Comrie is a founding Board member and current Vice President of Chiropractic Australia and formerly held positions as secretary and president of the Chiropractic & Osteopathic College of Australasia after joining the Board in 1997. In 2018 he was awarded Life Membership for his contribution to both organisations.

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Dr Comrie graduated from RMIT University in 1994. He spent 3 months after graduation at the Royal Saskatoon Hospital, Saskatchewan, Canada observing David Cassidy, Pierre Cote, and medical specialists at the hospital. In 1995 he commenced work as an associate at the Heidelberg Chiropractic Clinic and took over as principal in 2000. His practice focuses on general chiropractic practice and incorporating evidence-based practice with low tech rehabilitation.

Dr Comrie graduated from RMIT University in 1994. He spent 3 months after graduation at the Royal Saskatoon Hospital, Saskatchewan, Canada observing David Cassidy, Pierre Cote, and medical specialists at the hospital. In 1995 he commenced work as an associate at the Heidelberg Chiropractic Clinic and took over as principal in 2000. His practice focuses on general chiropractic practice and incorporating evidence-based practice with low tech rehabilitation.

Dr Comrie is a founding Board member and current Vice President of Chiropractic Australia and formerly held positions as secretary and president of the Chiropractic & Osteopathic College of Australasia after joining the Board in 1997. In 2018 he was awarded Life Membership for his contribution to both organisations.

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Dr John Kaloger

DC, DipAcup, DO

Dr Kaloger is a registered Osteopath, Chiropractor and Acupuncturist. His practice involves managing musculoskeletal conditions through a multimodal approach using osteopathic, chiropractic and acupuncture techniques.

Dr Kaloger has an interest in treating soft tissue injuries and pain managementand has developed a special interest in treating and managing sports injuries in order to provide patients with knowledge on self-management programs. His focus on evidence-based research in the area of physical therapy enables patients’ to be educated in terms of options regarding their pain management and facilitates choice in the direction of their ongoing therapy to accommodate their individual needs.

Dr Kaloger has been an executive member of Chiropractic Australia (formerly COCA) for 26 years as well as treasurer for the last 20 years and was awarded life membership in 2013. In the last five years he has held the position of President of Chiropractic Australia Professional Development and is currently active in his pursuit of further research.

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Dr Kaloger is a registered Osteopath, Chiropractor and Acupuncturist. His practice involves managing musculoskeletal conditions through a multimodal approach using osteopathic, chiropractic and acupuncture techniques.

Dr Kaloger is a registered Osteopath, Chiropractor and Acupuncturist. His practice involves managing musculoskeletal conditions through a multimodal approach using osteopathic, chiropractic and acupuncture techniques.

Dr Kaloger has an interest in treating soft tissue injuries and pain managementand has developed a special interest in treating and managing sports injuries in order to provide patients with knowledge on self-management programs. His focus on evidence-based research in the area of physical therapy enables patients’ to be educated in terms of options regarding their pain management and facilitates choice in the direction of their ongoing therapy to accommodate their individual needs.

Dr Kaloger has been an executive member of Chiropractic Australia (formerly COCA) for 26 years as well as treasurer for the last 20 years and was awarded life membership in 2013. In the last five years he has held the position of President of Chiropractic Australia Professional Development and is currently active in his pursuit of further research.

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Dr Michael Swain

BChiroSc, MChiro, ICSSD, MPhil, PhD, FRCC

Dr Swain is a chiropractor, health researcher, and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chiropractic at Macquarie University. In 2011, he completed his Master of Philosophy at Macquarie University in sport injury epidemiology and in 2019 he completed his PhD at the Institute for Musculoskeletal Health, University of Sydney, in adolescent pain and injury.

Dr Swain has published 34 papers and received awards for his work at national and international symposia. He is a Governor of the Sydney College of Chiropractic, an honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Chiropractors (UK), and Senior Fellow of the Chiropractic Academy for Research Leadership (CARL).

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Dr Swain is a chiropractor, health researcher, and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chiropractic at Macquarie University. In 2011, he completed his Master of Philosophy at Macquarie University in sport injury epidemiology and in 2019 he completed his PhD at the Institute for Musculoskeletal Health, University of Sydney, in adolescent pain and injury.

Dr Swain is a chiropractor, health researcher, and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chiropractic at Macquarie University. In 2011, he completed his Master of Philosophy at Macquarie University in sport injury epidemiology and in 2019 he completed his PhD at the Institute for Musculoskeletal Health, University of Sydney, in adolescent pain and injury.

Dr Swain has published 34 papers and received awards for his work at national and international symposia. He is a Governor of the Sydney College of Chiropractic, an honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Chiropractors (UK), and Senior Fellow of the Chiropractic Academy for Research Leadership (CARL).

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Dr Andrew Vitiello

BSc(Anat), MChiro, PhD, FRCC

Dr Vitiello is a chiropractor and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences at Central Queensland University (CQU). In 2010 he completed his PhD at Macquarie University investigating the effects of school backpack design on muscular fatigue and perceived exertion in school children. His backpack design was also an Australian Design Awards finalist. Dr Vitiello is currently on the low risk ethics board and a member of the College of Health Sciences course committee at CQU as well as a primary supervisor for two PhD candidates and four Master of Research (MRes) candidates at CQU. In 2009 he was admitted as a Fellow to the Royal College of Chiropractors.

Dr Vitiello is a chiropractor and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences at Central Queensland University (CQU). In 2010 he completed his PhD at Macquarie University investigating the effects of school backpack design on muscular fatigue and perceived exertion in school children. His backpack design was also an Australian Design Awards finalist. Dr Vitiello is currently on the low risk ethics board and a member of the College of Health Sciences course committee at CQU as well as a primary supervisor for two PhD candidates and four Master of Research (MRes) candidates at CQU. In 2009 he was admitted as a Fellow to the Royal College of Chiropractors.

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Dr Vitiello is a chiropractor and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences at Central Queensland University (CQU). In 2010 he completed his PhD at Macquarie University investigating the effects of school backpack design on muscular fatigue and perceived exertion in school children. His backpack design was also an Australian Design Awards finalist. Dr Vitiello is currently on the low risk ethics board and a member of the College of Health Sciences course committee at CQU as well as a primary supervisor for two PhD candidates and four Master of Research (MRes) candidates at CQU. In 2009 he was admitted as a Fellow to the Royal College of Chiropractors.

Dr Vitiello is a chiropractor and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences at Central Queensland University (CQU). In 2010 he completed his PhD at Macquarie University investigating the effects of school backpack design on muscular fatigue and perceived exertion in school children. His backpack design was also an Australian Design Awards finalist. Dr Vitiello is currently on the low risk ethics board and a member of the College of Health Sciences course committee at CQU as well as a primary supervisor for two PhD candidates and four Master of Research (MRes) candidates at CQU. In 2009 he was admitted as a Fellow to the Royal College of Chiropractors.

Dr Vitiello is a chiropractor and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences at Central Queensland University (CQU). In 2010 he completed his PhD at Macquarie University investigating the effects of school backpack design on muscular fatigue and perceived exertion in school children. His backpack design was also an Australian Design Awards finalist. Dr Vitiello is currently on the low risk ethics board and a member of the College of Health Sciences course committee at CQU as well as a primary supervisor for two PhD candidates and four Master of Research (MRes) candidates at CQU. In 2009 he was admitted as a Fellow to the Royal College of Chiropractors.

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Dr Stanley Inness

BAppSc(Chiro), BHons(Psych), MPsych, PhD

Dr Innes graduated as a chiropractor from RMIT in 1983. He practiced for more than 30 years in private clinical practice in outer Melbourne, Victoria, and during that time completed his training as a clinical psychologist in 2002.

Dr Innes was appointed as a Lecturer at Murdoch University (Western Australia) in 2014. He teaches subjects in rehabilitation, ethics, professional practice and mental health care in chiropractic practice. His research areas have included chiropractic student well-being, accreditation and the competent practice of chiropractic that were part of his PhD that was completed in 2009.

Several recent publications have looked at facilitators and barriers to chiropractic professional membership. Since his time at Murdoch University he has had 24 publications resulting in a h-index of 9 and a Field-weighted citation index of 1.5.

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Dr Innes graduated as a chiropractor from RMIT in 1983. He practiced for more than 30 years in private clinical practice in outer Melbourne, Victoria, and during that time completed his training as a clinical psychologist in 2002.

Dr Innes graduated as a chiropractor from RMIT in 1983. He practiced for more than 30 years in private clinical practice in outer Melbourne, Victoria, and during that time completed his training as a clinical psychologist in 2002.

Dr Innes was appointed as a Lecturer at Murdoch University (Western Australia) in 2014. He teaches subjects in rehabilitation, ethics, professional practice and mental health care in chiropractic practice. His research areas have included chiropractic student well-being, accreditation and the competent practice of chiropractic that were part of his PhD that was completed in 2009.

Several recent publications have looked at facilitators and barriers to chiropractic professional membership. Since his time at Murdoch University he has had 24 publications resulting in a h-index of 9 and a Field-weighted citation index of 1.5.

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