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CAA Annual Report : 2014 Annual Report
3 Arlan Fuhr of Activator Methods and Kent Greenawalt of Foot Levelers have o ered to run a series of seminars in Australia and donate all the funds generated to the CAA. e funds can be used as we see t. We discussed at some length how they might be used to generate research and they are both very keen to help. ey expressed the opinion that the CAA National did an amazing job of defending the profession last year and that this would be their way of rewarding us for a job well done. WFC CONFERENCE ATHENS 2015 e 13th Biennial Conference of the WFC will be held in Athens on 14 to 16 May 2015. is promises to be an exciting event and I encourage you to consider attending. e outstanding program matches the amazing location; Greece is one of the world's great tourist destinations. Topics will include: • Neurological Dimensions of Spinal Health Care with Ted Carrick and Heidi Haavik • e Neurological Basis of a Subluxation Model with Dan Murphy • Managing Special Populations In Your Practice -- Working With Infants, Adolescents, the Pregnant and Seniors. ere will also be numerous presentations of original research, discussions on working more closely with other health care providers and the need for a global identity for chiropractic, with Gerry Clum chairing this debate. e WFC Assembly meeting will focus on the importance of language for the chiropractic profession. Whatever your area of interest, the program will o er you an opportunity to participate and learn. RISK MANAGEMENT AND THE CHIROPRACTOR Guild Risk Management Premium As announced at last year's NDF, Guild is introducing a considerably discounted risk management Professional Indemnity Insurance premium in 2014. Key points include: • Guild has developed an education tool based around key messages agreed to at the last CAA National board meeting. Members will need to view and complete this PowerPoint presentation before they are entitled to receive their premium discount. • As part of the Risk Management strategy, a presentation will be held at the NDF2014 in Adelaide that will form the basis of an online CPD module to be funded by Guild. • A program of live presentations around the country has been proposed. • Guild will provide quarterly reports on the risk pro le of the profession that will be published in e Australian Chiropractor to keep members updated on trends. ere will be a regular section in e Australian Chiropractor titled " ink Risk", as well as regular "Did You Know ..." email blasts. Chiropractic Board of Australia Meetings roughout the year several meetings were held by the Chiropractic Board of Australia to discuss chiropractic claims and reports data, CPD and the current status of chiropractic education in Australia. According to the CBA, poor communication and record keeping are possibly the greatest contributing factors in complaints against chiropractors. Key points included: • e chiropractor needs to ensure that the patient understands what type of treatment has (and hasn't) been provided. It is important to document all treatments and the patient's response in clinical records. • Patients need to clearly understand what to expect in the hours or days after treatment. Are their symptoms going to get better, worse or stay the same? • Informed Consent -- CBA were of the opinion that chiropractors are poor at providing patients with adequate information for them to make decisions about their treatment. Not taking the time to carefully explain what the treatment options and associated risks are is a common factor in claims against chiropractors. • Poor record keeping by chiropractors was still of major concern and hindered the management of complaints. e need for good clinical records cannot be ignored. Good clinical records allow you or somebody else to clarify the facts behind your decision making. It is important that you record patient comments about their care. e CBA guidelines clearly outline what is expected of chiropractors in regards to record keeping. All chiropractors should take the time to view them to be reminded of their responsibilities. • Two other areas of practice of concern to the CBA subject to increasing levels of complaints are advertising and the use of social media. e CBA website clearly articulates the responsibilities of chiropractors in regards to advertising. ere has been a signi cant increase in the level of complaints to AHPRA and the CBA about breaches by chiropractors of the advertising guidelines. All chiropractors should read the guidelines and check their websites and other communications to make sure they comply with the guidelines.
2013 Annual Report