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CAA Annual Report : 2014 Annual Report
2 EDUCATION AND RESEARCH A research brief prepared by Drs Sharyn Eaton and Bryce Conrad and approved by the board has been distributed to all universities along with the noti cation that CAA National is to fund 10 PhD scholarships. ey have been given the opportunity to submit proposals and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. e funds for this have been drawn from our reserves, which have been put aside speci cally to fund research. Over the last 18 months we have been constantly criticised for our poor research record and respect for the academic community. A review of Chiropractic Education in Australia conducted by Prof Jim Reynoldson on behalf of the CCEA and CBA concluded that it was essential that the professional associations raise a levy to support speci c targeted research. He emphasised that critical seed funding for research is the responsibility of the profession. Once a record of successful research has been established, sources of government funding will be more accessible. e rst stage of the Acorn project -- the world's rst national, practice-based longitudinal study into chiropractic -- has commenced. Prof Jon Adams is currently in the process of meeting with all state branches to explain the study and recruit chiropractors to be participants. 2014 saw the commencement of the CQU Chiropractic Program in Brisbane. e CAA National provided $250,000 to help establish the CQU presence in Brisbane. e funding was used to set up a hi-tech teaching facility. e funds were well utilised as this is an impressive facility. e rst year intake has over 40 students and represents a signi cant milestone for chiropractic in Queensland and Australia. e expansion of the CQU program was important in consolidating the training of chiropractors within the Australian university system. CQU's support for the chiropractic program is rst rate. TRANSITION TO PRACTICE SEMINARS CAA state branches have actively and successfully supported nal year/graduating students for many years with transition to practice workshops. As part of the new agreement with Guild, CAA was o ered access to Guild's substantial events and marketing resources with a view to adding value to existing o erings. CAA National will make full use of this great o er by collaborating with the states, Guild Insurance and other partners to present workshops for NSW, Victorian and Western Australian students. e workshops will be free full day, o campus workshops for fth year students only, with one workshop in each state. Non-member students are also welcome to attend. Workshop topics will include: • Early Career Chiropractors -- What worked or didn't work for me! • Buy a Clinic or Work as an Associate? • Practice Management and Mentoring -- Panel Discussion. • Business Finance -- Where do you get it? • AHPRA -- Code of Conduct and Me. • Chiropractors' HR Service -- Employer or Employee? • Guild Insurance • CAA and the value of membership. Giveaways and other incentives will be o ered to encourage participation. Along with the support being o ered by Guild, CAA National has worked closely with SoCAA representatives and fth year students to schedule these events. WORLD FEDERATION OF CHIROPRACTIC WFC COUNCIL MEETING PUERTO RICO I attended the WFC Council meeting in April/May 2014 as one of the regional representatives of the Paci c Region. e issues of signi cance were: • e appointment of a new Secretary General. David Chapman-Smith is to step down at the Athens Congress in 2015. • Dr Dennis Richards has completed his term as WFC President. He represented us with distinction. His replacement is Dr Greg Murphy from Canada. • e problems being created by individuals and organisations teaching chiropractic techniques to non-chiropractors. is is a major problem in parts of Asia. • e rapid expansion of chiropractic and chiropractic schools in South America and Europe. • Concern was expressed that the WFC had alienated a sizable section of the chiropractic profession by promoting chiropractors as 'spine pain specialists' rather than 'spine care specialists'. ere was general agreement that this was not consistent with the WFC identity statement. EUROPEAN CHIROPRACTORS' UNION ECU CONVENTION DUBLIN I was invited to this Convention in May 2014 to discuss the recent attacks on the profession and how we dealt with them. I addressed the ECU Executive, the Council and the General Assembly. ere was general admiration for how we had worked our way through this di cult time. It was good for me to go through the process of preparing for this series of presentations as it gave me a new appreciation of how well we handled the situation.
2013 Annual Report