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CAA Annual Report : 2013 Annual Report
2 In response to the crises facing the profession, the CAA National organised a Leadership Summit in Melbourne on 26 May 2013. The Summit brought together representatives of the key professional, academic and regulatory bodies in the profession. Resolutions were made in full knowledge of and respect for the rich and diverse history of the chiropractic profession, together with its founding philosophies. They were also made in the context of the imperative that the profession develops so it remains relevant within Australia’s modern health care system. Unity The Summit adopted the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) Identity Statement, in its entirety, as completely appropriate for defining chiropractic in Australia in the 21st century. The Summit agreed to move towards unity with diversity in the profession. (This will involve the formation of a working party by 31 December 2013 to work towards the unification of COCA, Spinal Research and CAA.) Evidence Based Practice The Summit resolved that chiropractic practice in Australia must be evidence based. Clinical decision- making should integrate the best available evidence with professional or clinical expertise in conjunction with patient values and circumstances. Research Leadership The Summit resolved that they acknowledge and understand there is a need to enhance, advance and support the research culture within the profession. The Summit resolved that, within chiropractic educational institutions, an academic with a minimum qualification of a PhD should lead research. This person would have the potential to facilitate and develop a research culture within the academic institution. This would include obtaining funding, collaboration with other researchers and recruiting PhD students and postdoctoral fellows to maximise quality research productivity and impact. Fundraising The Summit resolved that the profession moves towards raising research funds of $5 million dollars annually. A working party will examine legal and technical issues to facilitate this. CPD The Summit is firm in its opinion that limitation of tax deductibility of self-education expenses to $2,000 per annum significantly underestimates the cost to practitioners of meeting regulatory continuing professional development requirements. The leadership of the chiropractic profession in Australia calls on the Federal government to rescind this decision in the interests of quality and safety for Australian health care consumers. Since The Summit, discussions have taken place between the CAA and COCA to explore the possibility of amalgamation. There remain many barriers to this occurring. At this time it is possible that the best we can expect is a mutual respect for each organisation’s unique contribution to the profession in Australia. The two organisations made a joint submission to the Federal government to rescind its decision on tax deductibility of CPD. The CAA has accepted the high priority of investing in research and developing the capacity for research. The allocation of $1,200,000 to fund a chair of research and $600,000 for the long-term study are substantial investments in research. Discussions have commenced with state branches to establish a program for funding PHD scholarships. CAA National is exploring the possible mechanisms that can be used to raise substantial funds to invest directly in research. The next 12 months will see the CAA National focus on: 1. The launch and implementation of the Lifestyle Health initiative. The first modules will be ready for the 2013 NDF. This major CAA initiative has the potential to significantly improve the health profile of our patients. 2. It is our goal to raise $2,000,000 in the next 12 months to fund research in our universities. Planning for this has commenced. Dr Sharon Eaton, our Policy Director, has already commenced the process of exploring the various options that are available for us to achieve this goal. 3. Moving the headquarters of CAA National from Penrith to the Sydney CBD. Our initial intention was to establish the new office in Melbourne. However after comparing this with moving to
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