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CAA Annual Report : 2011
1 president’s report Long range forecasting is never for the short sighted, wishful thinkers, wild guessers or the fearful. As everyday citizens we don’t spend our time thinking long term; a year or two is enough. To equip ourselves to think longer requires perspective and this is one of the major strengths of CAA National and worth every cent of the contribution you make through your membership. Allow me to explain why. Over the course of the 20th century, our life expectancy increased by 50%, household density halved while our house size quadrupled, divorce rates went from almost nothing to more than one third of all marriages, medical advances were astonishing and we acquired electricity, clean water, sewage, motor cars, air travel, telephones and the internet. Our population rose over five times relatively easily. To do that this century would mean one hundred million people in 2100. Chiropractors have come from being jailed and condemned for practicing medicine without a licence to being university qualified doctors of chiropractic. Now we should ask the question – what do we want chiropractic in Australia to look like in 2100 and will future generations agree with this direction? It seems that the new buzz word at many of the government forums I attend is ‘safety’. Safe water, safe air, safe housing .... we have all this in Australia now, except for ‘safe’ health care. This is where the CAA chiropractic perspective is revolutionary. The world does not always change slowly or gradually or in a way that we want it to. Your CAA has stepped onto the front foot to fly the flag for safe health care which is needed by the public. We are taking you to the forefront of health care to deliver our first choice message to the greater health community. With that in mind, let us explore what this century could hold for us and our descendants. You see Australia is the 17th largest economy in the world and has the eighth-highest standard of living – not bad for a country that is the 51st largest in population of the world’s 229 countries and sitting on the world’s sixth largest (but sparse) land mass, similar in size to the USA and China. We may be small but we have a big heart and a broad vision. Our country could comfortably carry one tenth of China’s population, suggesting a population of 135 million as safe and sustainable. People could get scared of numbers like this but we are in a new age and a new century and will be required to be loyal to and share with other countries. Our Asia Pacific region is one of the fastest growing with the largest share of the GDP and likely to hold this position for the century to come. More than 75% of our trade in goods and services now takes place in Asia. The ‘quinary sector ’ of health services, hospitality, cultural and recreational services, plus a host of other personal and household services, is predicted to constitute 70% of our GDP and 75% of our workforce. This extreme expansion is occurring in our sector. Prevention and wellness health solutions and care models are the only viable solutions for every government across the globe. CAA is mandated to fill the void in health care direction with chiropractors as strong leaders. Dr Simon Floreani
2012 Annual Report