The Chiropractic Board of Australia
The National Board is appointed under the National Law to carry out its functions and implement the objectives of the National Law for the chiropractic profession One of the primary objectives of the National Law is to project the public.
The National Board is responsible for:
- setting the standards practitioners must meet to be registered
- registering chiropractors
- investigating and managing notifications (concerns or complaints) about the performance, conduct or health of chiropractors
- developing standards, codes and guidelines, and
- approving (or not approving) courses that have been accredited by the accreditation authority.
The National Board is a part of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (the National Scheme) and is supported by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). The National Scheme has patient safety at its heart.
The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
AHPRA administers the National Scheme and provides operational and administrative support to the National Board in their core role of protecting the public. Registrants should contact AHPRA for registration and renewal enquiries.
The Council of Chiropractic Education Australasia Inc (CCEA)
CCEA is the independent accreditation authority for the chiropractic profession appointed by the Ministerial Council. The Ministerial Council is comprised of all state and territory health Ministers and the Commonwealth Minister for Health.
One of the objectives of the National Law is to facilitate the provision of high quality education and training of health practitioners. The accreditation of courses is the primary way of achieving this, through a robust process. The National Law defines the respective roles of the Board and its appointed accreditation authority, the CCEA, in the accreditation of programs of study. Under the National Scheme, the course accreditation function is at arm’s length from the National Board.
The CCEA is responsible for:
- developing and recommending accreditation standards for National Board approval
- assessing programs of study and education providers to determine whether accreditation standards are being met, and
- assessing overseas trained chiropractors.
When CCEA accredits a chiropractic program it provides a report to the Board for its consideration. Upon consideration of that report the Board may then approve that program. If the program is approved its graduates of the course have an approved qualification and are then eligible to apply for registration as a chiropractor.
The CCEA is a member of the Councils on Chiropractic Education International.