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CAA Annual Report : 2010
1 president’s report One of the important roles of CAA National is its major contribution to broadening public perception about chiropractic and increasing the utilisation of chiropractors. While you may have become more familiar this year with CAA National through our work on issues with government under the change from state and territory registration and regulation to national, much of our endeavour focuses on setting the goals for the profession for the next decade. While you may have thought your membership fees specifically paid for an annual National Chiropractic Care Week initiative and the ‘stunning’ Guild Insurance policy to cover you for professional indemnity, Dr Andrew Vincent’s interview for the CAA Queensland magazine, expressed another perspective when he said .... Instead of doing a crossword, or pausing at the ninth, grab a pen and paper and calculate how much it would cost you if your patient fees were not covered by health care funds, motor vehicle accident insurance, WorkCover, vet affairs. The loss of income due to patients travelling somewhere else would age you .... Welcome to some of the benefits you are getting from the CAA. That alone should keep you warm at night. Why am I still a member of the CAA? Because I believe in looking after the goose that lays the golden egg. CAA grooms our leaders to represent you with Medicare, health funds, the Australian Research Council (ARC), government ministers, government advisors and policy makers, to name a few, while our members are busy providing the exceptional service to the community in the trenches/practices across the country. By the time you read this report and after ten years of hard slog by the CAA, every chiropractor in the country will be permitted under legislation to use the title doctor, with a qualification ‘chiropractor’. Each week we have built relationships with media and the public to better brand what it is you do as safe, effective and a fabulous contribution to the health of Australians. CAA National supports chiropractic education, the accreditation of chiropractic programs in Australia, and is a major contributor to research into chiropractic. This financial year CAA National has funded $200,000 in research alone and has accumulated a Research Fund of $375,800. You can feel confident that your CAA is the main voice for the chiropractic profession focussed on research alongside the Australian Spinal Research Foundation. Your CAA golden goose understands member frustrations, and we are frustrated too as we step onto the bigger playing field of government towards making a difference Dr Simon Floreani