Who are chiropractors
Chiropractors in Australia complete at least five years of study at university level, including extensive clinical training.
The chiropractic curriculum in Australian universities includes studies in anatomy, pathology, biomechanics, radiology, chiropractic principles, diagnosis and adjustment techniques.
As primary care practitioners, chiropractors can develop and carry out a comprehensive treatment/management plan. They can recommend therapeutic exercise and other non-invasive therapies. Some may also provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counselling.
Healthcare teams, made up of a group of professionals, can improve the quality of patient care and safety while reducing overall costs and workload on individual providers.
Chiropractors work complementarily with other healthcare providers, including (but not limited to) medical doctors, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, social workers, psychologists, nurses, dentists and dieticians etc. Partnering with other healthcare professionals can build a strong network of resources that will benefit patients.
Regulatory boards are responsible for protecting the public, setting standards of practice, assuring quality of care is maintained, evaluating and promoting competency and handling disciplinary issues. Australia's chiropractors are regulated and licensed by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and the Chiropractic Board of Australia.