Chiropractors are required to adhere to strict and extensive educational requirements and standards to become registered health professionals in Australia.
Australian chiropractors are five year university trained, and are government registered and government regulated health professionals.
To become a registered chiropractor in Australia you must have studied an accredited 5-year chiropractic program conducted at a University within Australia, or have completed an accredited program overseas that satisfies the requirements set by the Australian Chiropractic Regulating authority. During the five year course, emphasis is placed on training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, biomechanics, X-ray, and manipulative techniques.
Currently there are four universities in Australia that have chiropractic degree programs:
- RMIT University in Melbourne (VIC) offers a Bachelor of Health Science (Chiropractic) – 3 year undergraduate program, followed by a Master of Clinical Chiropractic –
2 year post-graduate program.
- Macquarie University in Sydney (NSW) has a three year Bachelor of Chiropractic Science which provides the basis for entry into a two year Master of Chiropractic.
- Murdoch University in Perth (WA) offers a five year Bachelor of Chiropractic.
- Central Queensland University (Mackay) which offers a 3 year Bachelor of Science (Chiropractic) and a 2 year Master of Chiropractic Science
Successful completion of the whole program of study is required for professional registration as a chiropractor. A chiropractor’s education never ends. After entering practice, all chiropractors must complete continuing professional development courses and seminars to upgrade and improve their skills and to stay current on the latest scientific research.
Technically, a disc can’t ‘slip’. This is due to the way each disc is attached to the vertebrae above and below. The intervertebral disc, a pad of cartilage-type material located between the spinal bones, acts as a connector, spacer, and shock absorber for the spine. It also allows normal turning and bending. The disc consists of outer layers of fibrous tissue with a soft, jelly-like centre. Injury or trauma to the disc can result in the disc tearing, bulging, and herniating or, at worst, rupturing.If you suspect you have a disc injury, an immediate chiropractic assessment is recommended.
Yes, special low force techniques are used for adjusting infants and children. Chiropractors use skill, not force or strength, to conduct a safe, effective manipulation.
In most cases manipulation does not hurt at all. In fact most people find a visit to a Chiropractor very relaxing.
With some manipulations you may sometimes feel or hear a popping sound from the spinal joints. This is simply caused by a gas release within the joints as they are stretched.
Spinal problems that have been neglected for a long period may require ongoing supportive care to reduce pain and disability. Long-standing problems are often associated with muscle weakness, soft tissue damage, and degenerative spinal changes.
A common misconception regarding chiropractic treatment is that chiropractors only treat the spine. Whilst this may be still true of a small minority of chiropractors, evidence based chiropractors are skilled in assessment of all the joints and muscles of the body.
Improving spinal function can help improve mobility. Following chiropractic treatment many patients report improvements with arthritic or degenerative symptoms and other chronic ailments often associated with the aging process.
Services are also provided for improving balance and mobility.
Osteoporosis and other serious conditions associated with aging are all considered by the chiropractor when selecting safe and appropriate treatments.
Chiropractors are primary healthcare practitioners therefore a referral is not necessary. However more and more GP's are referring to Chiropractors via the Enhanced Primary Care Program (EPC) and via the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA). For more information please call our office to enquire.
Consultation fees vary according to age and concessional eligibility. Please contact reception for more information.
Typically, new clients to the practice require 30-45 minutes. This includes history, assessment and treatment. Subsequent visits require 15 minutes.
In some circumstances more time will be required for more complex or multiple problems.
There are many similarities between the two professions. As a general rule chiropractors more regularly utilise specific manipulative therapy whereas as physiotherapists commonly use mobilisation techniques for joint problems. Both professions are highly effective at treating a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions.
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Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
8.30 a.m. – 12.00 midday and 1.30 p.m. - 5.00 p.m.
8.30 a.m. – 12.00 midday and 1.30 p.m. - 6.30 p.m.
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