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Chiropractic Journal of Australia : CJA September 2013
Chiropractic Journal of Australia Volume 43 Number 3 September 2013 103 INTRODUCTION One of the main reasons for the Sydney College of Chiropractic's amalgamation with Macquarie University in 1990 was to engage the chiropractic profession in appropriate research.1 The Department of Chiropractic at Macquarie University serves the profession and the community by promoting research of chiropractic practice and other areas of biomedical science. An important step in implementing evidence-based care into clinical practice is knowledge of recent advances in the discipline and correct interpretation of evidence.2 Research seminars keep clinicians abreast of research fndings that advance patient care, and enable participants to interact with worked examples of practical problems to develop a deeper understanding of how recent research relates to daily clinical practice. Taking this into consideration as well as the desire to engage with the wider community, a Chiropractic Research Seminar – Weekend Edition (hereafter the seminar) was organised at Macquarie University and took place on the 25th of May 2013. The objective of the seminar was to enhance research culture, to facilitate dissemination of knowledge and to encourage research collaboration within the Australian chiropractic community. A Chiropractic Scholar Visits from Denmark: A Report on the Chiropractic Research Seminar MICHEL S. SWAIN, ALICE KONGSTED, ARON DOWNIE and MARK J. HANCOCK 1,2Michael S Swain MChiroprac, ICSSD, MPhil 3,4Alice Kongsted MSc (Clin Biomech), PhD 1,2Aron Downie MChiroprac, MPhil 5Mark J Hancock BAppSc(Phty), MAppSc, PhD 1Department of Chiropractic, Faculty of Science, Macquarie University 2Musculoskeletal Division, The George Institute for Global Health, Sydney, Australia 3Nordic Institute of Chiropractic and Clinical Biomechanics, Odense, Denmark 4Institute of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark 5Faculty of Human Sciences, Macquarie University Confict of interest notifcation: The authors declare no conficts of inter- est with this work Received: 6 July 2013, accepted with revisions: 15 July 2013 Abstract: This paper reports on the proceedings of the Chiropractic Research Seminar -- Weekend Edition which formed part of a scholarly visit that explored potential research collaborations between Macquarie University and The Nordic Institute of Chiropractic and Clinical Biomechanics (NIKKB) / The Institute of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics at the University of Southern Denmark. All the seminar representatives from the Chiropractors' Association of Australia and the Chiropractic and Osteopathic College of Australasia presented their initiatives to further chiropractic research capacity in Australia. A visiting fellow from Denmark presented an overview of the Danish chiropractic research model and a collaborative forum discussed ways to further chiropractic research in Australia. Observations and refections from the seminar are presented. INDEX TERMS (MeSH): RESEARCH REPORT; CHIROPRACTIC; AUSTRALIA; DENMARK. Chiropr J Aust 2013;43: 103-6. The seminar formed part of a scholarly visit that explored potential research collaborations between Macquarie University and The Nordic Institute of Chiropractic and Clinical Biomechanics (NIKKB) / The Institute of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics at the University of Southern Denmark. Danish chiropractor and senior research fellow, Alice Kongsted, PhD, was appointed as a visiting fellow for the purpose of exploring research opportunities, which was the frst visit of its type to be facilitated by the Department of Chiropractic at Macquarie University. PROCEEDINGS The seminar was opened by Rosemary Giuriato, Head of the Department of Chiropractic. It was divided into two sessions. The frst session was opened and chaired by Roger Engel, PhD, who spoke of the Department of Chiropractic’s current and future research activities. This session consisted of presentations by: (1) Andrew McNamara, CEO of the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia (CAA), who presented "The challenges of embedding an evidence based research culture in a clinically driven small profession;" (2) Peter Tuchin, PhD, President of the Chiropractic and Osteopathic College of Australasia (COCA), who reported on "Supporting chiropractic research in Australia - the COCA model,” and; (3) Alice Kongsted, PhD, who presented “An introduction to the Danish Chiropractic Research Model." Session two was opened and chaired by Mark Hancock, PhD, Senior Lecturer and physiotherapist from the Department of Health Professions at Macquarie University. It consisted of four research presentations followed by an interactive discussion forum. The four research presentations were: (1) Roger Engel, PhD, “Medium term effects of including manual therapy in a pulmonary rehabilitation program for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – a randomised controlled pilot trial;” (2) Michael Swain, MPhil, on “Pain in adolescents;” (3) Aron Downie, MPhil, on “Red fags to screen for malignancy and fracture in patients with low- back pain: A systematic review,” and; (4) Alice Kongsted, PhD, on “Prognostic implications of back-related leg pain
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