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CAA Annual Report : 2010
2 regulation, distressed by the health system collapsing and public safety crises under the medical management of the last century. The collar is tight for every health provider and yet we have a strong case for leadership. With your subscriptions, we engaged legal counsel to provide advice and made this available to the Chiropractic Board of Australia (CBA) to consider when writing their guidelines. The CBA noted this legal advice in producing their advertising guidelines and we will continue to advocate for justice and fairness. With your subscriptions, we have engaged an experienced political lobbyist and much ground has been gained already from his expertise. We are following a well thought out strategy (guided by our lobbyist) as we move into and beyond the 2010 election period and the shaky beginnings of a hung parliament. We are in the process of facilitating a chiropractic citizens' group at arm's-length to the CAA as a strong voice for chiropractic to effect policy change at both state and federal government level to support better health outcomes for Australians. Every day in every way we are advocating for you towards making a difference. Sowing the seed for growth after the Global Financial Crisis kicked in and working the federal government reform process in the coming year ahead. CAA National is the peak body representing the chiropractic profession in Australia and therefore it is appropriate that members choose it as their professional association. I invite you to join in visioning for our first class ride into 2020 health care. We will continue to align with key stakeholders involved in health reform, health workforce planning, third party-payers, regulatory bodies, research organisations and organisations whose activities impact on chiropractors and the delivery of chiropractic care. What we as chiropractors have got to be careful of is feeding any goose! It is a concern for me personally and my CAA National director colleagues, that we have some 'geese' approaching government suggesting chiropractors require compulsory vaccination and imposing strict penalties for many aspects of practice. CAA National is positioning chiropractors to be credible players in the third pillar of health ... allied health. As the treasurer of the national peak body Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA), I am can assure you chiropractors have a stronger voice in navigating health reform in Australia. CAA National will march forward this year with the best legal and lobbying advice for you on all the tough issues with industrial relations award changes and national registration. Your CAA representatives will know most of the State and Territory health ministers and shadow ministers on a first name basis. We will personally have met the Federal Health Minister and advisers to consult them on issues relevant to you in practice. Your CAA now has the best direct access to political decision makers than we have ever had in our history of 20 years ... this will continue to position you as a healthcare leader at the forefront of healthcare delivery in this country. Join us and encourage your non-member friends to do the same to help us guide our profession to make a bigger difference to all Australians.