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Chiropractic Journal of Australia : December 2011
156 Chiropractic Journal of Australia Volume 41 Number 4 December 2011 extremely rigorous, with attending two full series required, and a thorough practical and theory examining process using a face to face assessment. Dr Richards points out that many chiropractors learn technique procedures for the frst time after graduation and often on weekend seminars. With regard to SOT education, the three weekend Series offered along with the comprehensive manuals, would more than satisfy the requirements of an elective non- diversifed undergraduate course. So how do we assess and maintain the competencies of non- diversifed practicing chiropractors? At present, one feasible solution would be to encourage certifcation in those techniques used. This could be by only allowing practitioners to nominate on the CAA website and directory, only those techniques they have certifcation for. Not only does this encourage older practitioners to revisit their techniques used and update their skills and knowledge, but it will strengthen each technique's quality control and competency level. More than 50% of the participants at the SOT courses are undergraduates and it would stand to reason that if proper competency assessment were sought and approved by the university and/or registration body then this could satisfy an elective component to their technique education. This assessment would be of greater competency than that required for formalizing the CPD points but need not be as comprehensive as the Certifcation process. This competency level would then ensure that the graduating student meets the Institution's criteria and it would allow practitioners to advertise that they practise a particular technique safely and competently. An alternate consideration would be that some techniques are more appropriately taught to chiropractors with some maturity in practice and clinical experience. These techniques may beneft from introduction lectures in the “masters” stream at the universities but full training be left as postgraduate. In this scenario, certification should be appropriately acknowledged by the Universities and the CBA through the CAA as competent and be shown to be a level above the non-certifed practitioners in the public’s eye and endorsed by the Association. I applaud Dr Richards for bringing this relevant topic to the profession for discussion. I hope that this may advance the status certifcation in a technique brings and for the sake of our future generations of chiropractic graduates that Australian universities and the regulating assessing bodies are able and willing to come into line with the direction of the rest of the world's chiropractic institutions. Darren Little BSc, MChiro Private Practice Sydney SOTO-Australasia President LETTERS WIN! WIN! WIN! When professionally conducted, Community Spinal Health Checks represent: a Win for the Community a Win for Chiropractic a Win for the Australian Spinal Research Foundation It is generally accepted that only 12% of the Australasian population have ever visited a Chiropractor. This unique statistic highlights the staggering potential to increase the awareness and usage of chiropractic care as an important contributor to health and wellness in the community. Community Spinal Health Checks provide an ideal opportunity to introduce members of the general public to the benefits of Chiropractic in a safe, professional and non pressured environment. A greater awareness of chiropractic care and its benefits is created with the public, which leads to greater direct participation with the chiropractic industry. Recipients of Community Spinal Health Checks are invited to consider a voluntary donation of $20 to the Australian Spinal Research Foundation. Given that only 12% of the Australasian population has experienced chiropractic care, the opportunity to increase the number of patients visiting individual chiropractic practices within a specific locality is immediately apparent. The Australian Spinal Research Foundation has prepared a kit for conducting Community Spinal Health Checks and is seeking registrations from those practices genuinely interested in conducting health checks in the community to support Chiropractic, spinal research and their practice. Simply call the Foundation on 07 3808 4098 to sign up and have any questions answered. The Foundation is totally committed to ensuing Community Spinal Health Checks are conducted in a professional manner and within the Code of Conduct and guidelines of the various Registration Boards. The Foundation will immediately disassociate itself from any Community Spinal Health Check not conducted within these guidelines.
CJA March 2012