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Chiropractic Journal of Australia : CJA December 2012
Chiropractic Journal of Australia Volume 42 Number 4 December 2012 139 One of the key characteristics of modern chiropractic education is the solid foundation students receive in the basic sciences. This is particularly vital for anatomy - a core pre- clinical discipline within all health professions that utilise manipulative therapy. The high quality of current anatomy education in chiropractic is undeniable and, indeed, at least at some institutions, corroborated by research.1 However, one of the keys to success in any educational program is in its ability to constantly improve and evolve. Anatomy education has endured numerous changes in the last few decades2 and it is essential that the positive aspects of these changes can be absorbed into chiropractic programs in a well-coordinated manner. Goran Štrkalj, PhD Associate Professor Robyn Beirman, MB.BS (Hons), MHPEd Senior Lecturer Aron Downie, BSc, MChiro, MPhil Lecturer Rosemary Giuirato, BSc, MChiro Lecturer Reidar P. Lystad, MChiro, PhD candidate Curtis Rigney, DC Lecturer Stephney Whillier, PhD Lecturer All of Department of Chiropractic Macquarie University NSW 2109 NSW Examining the Present, Preparing for the Future: A Report on the Symposium on Anatomy Education in Chiropractic Programs, held at Macquarie University on 20 July 2012 Goran Štrkalj, Robyn Beirman, Aron Downie, Rosemary Giuirato, Reidar P. Lystad, Curtis Rigney and Stephney Whillier ABSTRACT: This paper reports on the proceedings of the Anatomy Education in Chiropractic Programs Symposium, held at Macquarie University on 20 July 2012. At the symposium, the frst of its kind, representa- tives from four Australian and New Zealand chiropractic schools presented and discussed their respective institutions' anatomy programs. All schools, it would appear, have very strong and well-conceived anatomy programs. Several research papers on anatomy education were also presented. In a panel discussion which concluded this symposium, it was highlighted that there was a need for better collaboration between schools and for the development of a community of practice. Ways of achieving this were discussed. INDEX TERMS: (MeSH): ANATOMY; EDUCATION; CHIRO- PRACTIC, EDUCATION; CHIROPRACTIC, CURRICULUM. (Other): "COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE". Chiropr J Aust 2012;42: 139-40. Bearing this in mind, a one-day symposium focusing on anatomy education in chiropractic programs was organised at Macquarie University and took place on 20 July 2012. The symposium was organised by members of the recently established Health Sciences Education Research Group (authors of this report) based in the Department of Chiropractic at Macquarie University. It was assumed that the frst step toward further improvements in anatomy teaching might be an examination of and discussion on the current anatomy programs and regulatory documents, which should involve representatives from all chiropractic departments, as well as the key chiropractic stakeholders from the chiropractic profession in the Australasian region. Thus, representatives from all fve chiropractic schools in Australasia where invited to participate and present their programs and representatives from the key professional organisations were invited to participate. The symposium was opened by Professor Stephen Thurgate, Dean of the Faculty of Science at Macquarie University and Dr Bryce Conrad, Member of the Executive Committee of the Chiropractors'Association of Australia. Associate Professor Goran Štrkalj, Department of Chiropractic, Macquarie University then introduced the goals and format of the symposium which was to be run over three sessions. The frst session commenced with a presentation from Dr Nalini Pather of the School of Medical Sciences, University of New South Wales. Dr Pather addressed the key issues related to anatomy teaching in general and in Australasia in particular. She paid special attention to recent developments in anatomy teaching, the challenges of introducing new technologies and emphasised the need to develop a “community of practice” among anatomy educators. Following Dr Pather’s presentation, representatives from four chiropractic schools,
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