by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
CAA Annual Report : 2012 Annual Report
4 The CAA continued to represent the profession during the year on regulatory matters. I attended several meetings at AHPRA of the Professions Reference Group and also engaged extensively with Dr Paul Fisher (Executive Officer of CBA); Dr Tony Croke (CAA National Director) was appointed to the CBA Practitioners’ Consultative Group and Drs Mark Uren and Taylor Vagg (CAA National Directors) were appointed members of the CBA Joint CPD Committee representing CAA in its capacity as a CBA Appointed Body to Assess Formal Learning Activities for CPD. Dr Tony Croke, as the CAA National Board’s representative on registration and accreditation issues, prepared the following submissions on the profession’s behalf to AHPRA and the CBA: CBA Public Consultation Paper on Definition of Practice; CBA Consultation Paper on Revised Draft Registration Standards for Limited Registration for Teaching and Research and Limited Registration in the Public Interest; CBA Code of Conduct for Chiropractors; AHPRA Code of Conduct Review Paper; Proposed Mandatory Standards – Limited Registration in the Public Interest and Limited Registration for Teaching and Research; AHPRA Definition of Practice; AHPRA Service Charter; AHPRA Interim Data Access and Research Policy. At the time of writing this report there are a further six submissions in the wings. I attended meetings with the Australian Department of Human Services (Medicare) to discuss compliance issues and their information and education services and the future audits of allied health professions. Drs Bryce Conrad and Michael Badham (Chair of the Council of Representatives) attended various seminars relating to Medicare Locals and GP Super Clinics. Other stakeholder meetings I attended were with: health funds, BUPA and HCF, to discuss issues relating to practitioner audits, rebates, scope of practice, Therapy Review Forms; Spinal Research Foundation to explore collaborative ventures for working together and for the development of more chiropractic research; Australian Physiotherapy Association on mutual professional activities; Meridian Lawyers, and in particular, Peter Frazer, on an application to vary the Modern Health Award and industrial relations matters; and Guild Insurance on insurance and innovative risk management. The CAA continues to assist our Asian neighbours by supporting the Asia Pacific Chiropractic Doctors’ Federation and globally through the World Federation of Chiropractic. We have continued maintaining our relationship with those companies who have endorsed products and at the same time working towards increasing our non-subscription income. Currently there are 10 new products in the pipeline being assessed by our Product Evaluation Committee Chair, Dr Joe Ierano. CAA continued to work closely with Guild Insurance and Meridian Lawyers on risk management and legal issues chiropractors have been facing relating to health fund audits, Medicare Audits and CBA Advertising Guidelines. The Guild/CAA Risk Management committee met on three occasions during the year to assess current claims and to develop strategies for educating chiropractors to reduce risk. Their product, Risk Equip, is a useful web-tool for chiropractors to assess their own risk both clinically and within their practices. On the Public Education/Relations front there have been some positives and some negatives. We have continued to work with Ogilvy PR on projects. Spinal Health Week was a great success. State spokespeople did such an incredible job conveying the ‘Sit Right’ messages and we received excellent national, state and local media coverage. Some of the highlights were: • The Project – news story • Sunrise – live interview with Dr Jacey Pryjma • Channel Ten News – interview with Dr Aidan McGuigan • Triple M – interview with Dr Jacey Pryjma • 3AW – interview with Dr Simon Floreani • ABC radio – interview with Dr Billy Chow Despite it being an incredibly busy news week, articles also appeared in: • The Herald Sun • The Courier Mail • The Canberra Times • Many regional and suburban papers throughout the country The audio news release featuring grabs from Dr Billy Chow was picked up by more than 180 radio stations nationally which helped ease the demand this year on state spokespeople to conduct radio interviews.
2013 Annual Report