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Chiropractic Journal of Australia : CJA December 2012
Chiropractic Journal of Australia Volume 42 Number 4 December 2012 121 It could not have been a whiter White Australia if it had been washed three times in Persil. Male dominated with proper British English accents, yet miles from anywhere in one of Australia's more isolated communities of the 1960s. The journalist fronting the black and white movie clip in 1965 explored with locals the coming of television to this remote town. One interviewee, speaking from his bed at the Lyell District Hospital and doubtless now long gone, as is the hospital, lamented being a newcomer. He arrived some 40 years earlier and had lived and worked in that community for the greater part of his life. Yet all of the characters, from the manager of the Commonwealth Bank to the Inspector of Police, represented a society no longer familiar to Australians. The Greeks had yet to arrive to open the town’s frst take away fsh and chip shop. The Italian families had yet to arrive and open the region’s frst store selling fresh fruit and vegetables. The closest thing to a Chinese meal was an Anglo-Saxon lady's chow mien from what passed as a cafe. The State's only chiropractors were in the two cities, each a day's drive away on dangerously narrow gravel roads. The foregoing sets the bigger scene, remembered only by our profession's shrinking group of elder statesmen, in which chiropractic gained its signifcant foothold in this country. Strong associations, the frst empowering legislation, an embryonic network of training colleges, and an un-contained desire to see the profession fully legitimised. All within a society that was so proper in its structure, and, dare it be said, so White Australian in its thinking. Today, nearly half a Century later, Australia is multi- coloured and all the better for it, as is chiropractic. Yet we forget at our peril the 1960s and all that made it a most interesting decade. It is one thing to today be fghting about retaining this right or that, but let us never forget those who fought so hard to earn that right in the frst place. Let us ever be vigilant and proud of our four university-based education programs; in the 1960s there were none, anywhere in the world. Let us also be appreciative that we have a peak body, the Chiropractors' Association of Australia, which does its best to advance the interests of the greater majority; in the 1960s there were two small groups working independently. Time-warp A time-warp can be cathartic. When it goes back to black and white flm-based documentaries from one’s formative years it becomes like peeking behind your grandmother's curtains, especially when the movie contains a couple of minutes of interview with, in this case, this writer's own long-gone father. A man who knew so much about so many things but little to nothing about chiropractic. Somewhat like the community about to get television for the frst time but still without a chiropractor. A lot like the British Australia from the turn of the 20th Century. And all with a stiff upper lip. It gives us a different perspective on the history paper documenting 1912 in this issue by the Editor, Dr Peters. A time warp can also trigger an epiphany. This writer as a chiropractic academic in the 1960s? Apart from still being in short pants, it was not the time. But the things learned then become the things lived now. Which begs the question, what are we learning now that will be lived in 2060? Given the likelihood this writer will not be living in 2060, what are 'things learned then' (1960s) that are 'lived today' (2012)? Perhaps the most obvious is that which shakes us up. What we frst notice as change is forever only the initial ripple. The black and white television of the 1960s became colour television, then fat panels, through broadcast, then cable, and now the internet. The interviewer and the interviewees could not, in their wildest dreams, see this far ahead. To this writer the construct of the subluxation, being central to the practice of educated chiropractors, is somewhere around where black and white television was in the 1960s. This means we must look ahead and prepare ourselves to move into colour and then upgrade to a fat panel. In other words, we are in the Century of the subluxation and this confers upon us all the imperative to learn more about this thing so we can live it better. Woe betide those who think chiropractic has peaked, even after nearly 120 years or so. Phillip Ebrall BAppSc(Chiropractic), Grad Cert Tert Learning & Teaching, PhD, FICC, FACC Professor of Chiropractic, Central Queensland University Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Medicine, International Medical University Assistant Editor
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