The Chiropractic Board of Australia continued to
build on initiatives from the previous year to meet our
strategic objectives. After considering several analyses,
the Board announced a reduced registration fee while
ensuring that finances were sustainable.
The Board continued to work with Ahpra to provide
information to the profession. Together with the other
14 National Boards and Ahpra, the Board published
a joint vaccination position
statement to help practitioners
and students understand what’s
expected of them in giving,
receiving, advising on and sharing
information about COVID-19
In response to the initial national COVID-19 emergency,
the Board eased the requirements for continuing
professional development and recency of practice for
the 2020 renewal year.
The Board received regular updates from its
stakeholders and regulatory partners, including
professional associations, the Chiropractic Council
of NSW and the Council on Chiropractic Education
Australasia, about the impact of the pandemic on the
profession, approved programs and students.
Together with National Boards and Ahpra, the Board
jointly revised the Guidelines for advertising a regulated
health service and the Advertising and compliance
enforcement strategy for the National Scheme. The
guidelines were finalised after an extensive review,
including public consultation, to ensure they effectively
and clearly explain the requirements for advertising a
regulated health service.
The Board began public consultation on a revised Code
of conduct, jointly with 11 National Boards and Ahpra.
The Code of conduct sets out the expected professional
behaviour and conduct for chiropractors and promotes
safe care to help protect the public. Chiropractors
were part of multi-profession focus groups to provide
feedback on the Code of conduct.
The Board, jointly with National Boards and Ahpra,
carried out a public consultation on revised Regulatory
principles for the National Scheme and released
a position statement: No place for sexism, sexual
harassment or violence in healthcare.
The Board held two virtual information forums during
May for chiropractors in Queensland, South Australia
and the Northern Territory. To support the information
forums, the Board released a video to provide
information about what is expected of chiropractors,
with a focus on continuing professional development,
advertising and use of social media. The virtual forums
gave chiropractors an opportunity to engage with the
Board after the face-to-face forums were cancelled due
to COVID-19 restrictions.
our program of
throughout the year to
welcome them to the
profession and help
them understand the
expectations and requirements. Students of chiropractic
programs now receive the Board’s newsletter, which is
issued to practitioners three times per year.
The Board was pleased to be asked to participate in the
Responsible advertising by regulated health services
episode of Ahpra’s Taking care podcast to highlight the
importance of responsible advertising and the risks and
opportunities in advertising a regulated health service.
The Board supports the National Scheme’s Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander health and cultural strategy
2020–2025 and is pleased that members have had the
opportunity to start the Moong-moong-gak cultural
safety training program.
Dr Wayne Minter AM