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CAA Annual Report : 2011
2 Your choice to be a CAA member at this time is paving the way to a bright future, fully engaged and participatory with this changing world dynamic. Futurists explain the change in our industrial relations reflects that in some way the employee model is a failed model and carries the last trace of the master servant relationship. They describe the owner-slave model as redundant and suggest as most societies have moved away from this it is likely we will see workers wanting to consider themselves as a business unto themselves, or owner operators that deal with us contractually. Your CAA is setting you up for this change. More and more of the workforce will work remotely some or all of the time. They suggest that success is in intellectual property and organisational culture. CAA has a unique organisational culture with strong ownership of the spine and the central nervous system. Our intellectual property over the power of the subluxation and its impact on health is well understood and guarded by CAA. If this was not a good enough reason for you to maintain your CAA membership, perhaps use this opportunity to go through this year ’s financial statements and divide the expense items incurred on your behalf by the 2900 members and see how much you pay for things like: • Top quality educational events and seminars to grow you professionally • Web presence and maintenance of websites and the online Membership Directory • Legal fees, representation and defence of the profession • Political and policy representation for members at the highest level and health engagement where it counts in the national health forums • The professional journal – Chiropractic Journal of Australia • Profession based research funded by the CAA • The Australian Chiropractor members’ magazine, email blasts and updates • Public education, monthly public engagement, press representation and The Reputation Group management • University student activities and special projects. The average is around $50 per member for each of these main big ticket items that your CAA dues contribute to and they constitute CAA National activities only. It is a sure sign of the power of team-work and the pulling power of working together toward the common goal of furthering our profession. I am so proud of our profession and it has been one of the great experiences of my life to lead at this time. I sincerely look forward to a time when those with significant insecurities about what chiropractic care is really capable of will have the courage to embrace the leadership opportunity we have close at hand. Nothing ever grows in the shade and I feel so proud that the majority of our boards and our members have stood strong in support of us stepping into our strengths instead of desperately chasing the ticket of being second grade ‘medipractors’. We are in a unique position to be at the forefront of primary care and the natural leaders of prevention and wellness for Australia and much of the world. In order to shine, people employed in the health care sector will want to be involved with a vision for empowering people to experience optimal health and wellbeing and we will ensure it is okay for skilled professional groups to join us at the forefront and improve health outcomes for all Australians. I invite you to join me in moving forward our vision because it needs to be in your sights to know you have the solution to offer your community at a local level. Can we provide the safe health care that the population really needs? I think so! This is not an issue of safe low back pain management, although this will be encompassed in what we do. It is a fundamental shift in health care direction and we are well placed to perform and achieve prevention and wellness outcomes in the unique chiropractic philosophy driven model the world desperately needs.
2012 Annual Report