Trivia challenge for all -19th September 2020 (7:30pm-8:30pm)

It’s time once again for tCa to gather our alumni from far and wide for an annual get together. This year, we’re taking advantage of travel limitations by conducting our online “trivia Challenge for all” on Saturday evening 19th September 7.30 pm.This format will give alumni flexibility to arrange teams (small to medium i.e. up to 10 people) in places that will work best for you! So you can make a team of your nearest classmates, clinic team or family and be able to compete against alumni spread far and wide. This no cost event is part of tCa goals and commitment to bring chiropractors together in a fun environment. There’s no doubt that our alumni enjoy meeting friends and classmates. We ask you to register your team and team name to tCa Secretary Justin Ong by Tuesday September 15. Details of participation will be forwarded to you in time to be organised.

tCa Annual Seminar 2018 – The Adolescent Spine and Health Seminar

It’s hard to believe that it’s already September and our annual tCa seminar has been and gone. On the Saturday 24th August, tCa held it’s annual seminar at the Holme Building on the city campus of the University of Sydney. It was a wonderfully sunny day outside but a group of keen chiropractors gathered inside to partake in the sharing of knowledge and they definitely were not disappointed. There was a fantastic range of speakers, presenting on a wide variety of topics that effortlessly intertwined into one thorough and cohesive story: how to provide the best care for adolescents.

Starting with insights from Dr. William Moss, who created an open discussion surrounding considerations from a GP’s perspective. Flowing into a chiropractic perspective on caring for adolescent spines with Dr. Christian Fludder, what modifications may be necessary as well as some helpful clinical pearls. The conversation then shifted gears to the ever-important topic of scoliosis. First with Dr. Jeb McAviney from Scolicare presenting on identification of and conservative management of adolescents with scoliosis, using bracing and specific exercises. This then smoothly flowed through to the orthopaedic surgeons perspective on scoliosis with Dr. Randolph Gray, with a sneak peak into the new methods of surgical correction. The topic of adolescent care was then rounded out by Dr. Talia Wahnon, who went into an in depth discussion on mental health, firstly exploring the neurology, then what chiropractors should look out for and how we can help adolescents as they navigate through this tumultuous time in their lives. The seminar was brought to a close by Dr. George Dragasevich, who reviewed common injuries in sporting adolescents and their clinical management with chiropractic. Melissa Neave is to be congratulated for her fabulous performance as Emcee for the seminar bringing insights from her own paediatric studies and research.

Overall, the seminar was a huge success again, bringing together a wonderful, interdisciplinary approach to caring for adolescents.

We were fortunate to have the eternally hilarious Michael Fogerty as the MC for the evening, and celebrated Jason Karulas, this year’s recipient of the distinguished Knox Medallion. Throughout the evening chiropractors reconnected and reminisced with colleagues as they dined and viewed a photo montage from the past and present. It was a fantastic evening and we look forward to continuing the reunion tradition. We hope to see you next year!

An enormous thank you to the whole tCa team who coordinated such a great learning experience and reunion dinner once again!

The Reunion – Class of 79

The Reunion – Class of 84
The Reunion – Class of 94
The Reunion – Class of 99

The Adolescent Spine and Health Seminar (24th August 2019)

The Chiropractic Alumni is conducting one of its excellent multidisciplinary seminars on Saturday August 24 on ‘The Adolescent Spine and Health’. In addition to the broad panel two leading speakers are Dr Christian Fludder and Dr. Jeb McAviney.   

Dr. Christian Fludder has been invited to present due to his expertise in adjusting and treating adolescents and children.  For the last two years, Dr Christian has been working alongside Dr Braden Keil in a children’s only practice. It is during this time that Dr Christian and Dr Keil have produced documents and research articles supporting chiropractic paediatrics.  Dr Christian has been involved in the teaching of the Diplomate program since 2015, and has also been invited to present to chiropractors, chiropractic students, and community groups across Australia.  Dr. Christian will cover in-depth how to adjust and modify treatment to young people.  There is so much variation within this group that there are many considerations to be managed.  

Dr. Jeb McAviney is well known to chiropractors and health professionals with an interest in scoliosis.  Therefore he was an obvious choice to present on this theme.  Dr McAviney  is the clinical director of Sydney Scoliosis Clinic, and one of Australia’s leading authorities on non-surgical scoliosis treatment.  He holds Masters degrees in Pain Medicine and Chiropractic, and brings a wealth of experience in scoliosis treatment, education, and research.  Dr McAviney oversees all cases and gives guidance to his clinical team. He drives research development initiatives to ensure patients get access to the latest and most evidence based procedures.  Clearly Dr. McAviney’s knowledge is at its greatest in adolescent spines.  You will hear the most concise and up-to date information.  

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Congratulations to the Graduates of 2018- Kareem Fawal

Congratulations to the Macquarie Class of 2018

On the 26 April the Bachelors of Chiropractic Science and the Masters of Chiropractic from Macquarie University graduated. That evening the annual chiropractic ball was hosted by The Chiropractic Alumni to celebrate the momentous occasion.

It was an intimate affair with graduates, staff, members of the profession, loved ones and close family and friends all involved. The Graduation Ball marks an achievement and a celebration for the five years (at least) worth of university studies completing and the beginning of a new chapter, as chiropractors.

The evening was masterfully emceed by Dr. Jack Sahagian, who in true neurology class style, kept the room engaged and bubbling with laughter.

Dr. Stephen Esposito introduced the graduates and presented the class with a copy of the Chiropractic Oath. The Oath was read by Dr. Mary Papatheocharous and in turn recited by the cohort. Chiropractors present were invited to join the Class of 2018 in taking the Chiropractic Oath. The Oath serves as a reminder to be loyal to the profession and to practice dutifully and honourably for our community and the communities in which we serve. 

Dr. Rosemary Giuriato, Head of the Chiropractic Department at Macquarie University, addressed the audience with an inspirational speech and encouraging words. Her dedication and commitment over the past five years will always be remembered. This was followed by the keynote address by Dr. Ken McAviney, who shared his insight to the development of the profession and valuable lessons in collaborating with others and the importance of being the best versions of ourselves or as he so eloquently said “be the good Dr, Dr.” 

Dr. Hilary Conroy delivered the graduates response, providing the student’s perspective on a very challenging journey filled with many tears, laughter, OCAs and assignments. With a heartfelt thank you to our teachers, colleagues and loved ones who without their help we wouldn’t have been able to achieve everything we have so far.

Achievements were celebrated by the presentation of Academic awards.  The awards category was cleaned up by the Dux of Macquarie University Masters of Chiropractic class of 2018 Ingrid Dunkerley, who received The ACA Award for Student of the Year, the Chiropractic Education Australia Award for Clinic internship, ACA X-ray Excellence Award and the Gary Stavrou Award for excellence in chiropractic technique.

The Ed Devereaux Award was awarded by Dr Anthony O’Reillly President of tCa to Kareem Fawal for contributions to the Student Body. Dr. John De Voy Vice President of ACA awarded the ACA Academic Excellence Award for First Year Masters to Hung Jae Lee who also received the COCA Award for proficiency in Preclinical Studies from Dr. Mike Swain of the Chiropractic Australia Executive.  

A heart-felt thank you to our guest speaker Dr. Ken McAviney and Dr Hilary Conroy for your graduate response.

Drs Anthony O’Reilly, Aron Downie, Madeline Morrison and the tCa team of Justin Ong, Danielle Sclatrito, Mark Hamer, George Portelli and Jack Sahagian are thanked for organising such a tremendous event.  

To the Class of 2018 that could not attend, you were missed and I hope to cross paths in the near future.

Congratulations new chiros! 

Kareem Fawal

MUCSA President 2018

The Adjusting Our Future gala party

The Adjusting Our Future gala party – On August 25 is an event for all chiropractors, all of our graduates to show their support, leadership; demonstrate their commitment to chiropractic research at our strongest research institution Macquaire University. We also have a great seminar on The Pregnant Spine featuring Stacey Saunders and Bec Sandell chiros, Svetlana Starodubtseva obstetrician, Zoe Mills physio/EP, Teena Welsh & Chantelle Mackenzie midwives.

As we get closer, here’s some information on two more of Macquarie chiropractic researchers Roger Engel and Hazel Jenkins.


Chiropractic Research Seminar

The Department of Chiropractic cordially invites you to attend the next

Chiropractic Research Seminar

Tuesday 5th of June 2018

 13:00 – 14:00 AEST
17 WW Collaborative Forum
Macquarie University 

Standing items

  • Success Stories
  • Funding opportunities
  • Upcoming events


  1. The profile of pain in older women with arthritis. Katie De Luca

Congratulations to the Graduates of 2017 – Dirk Crafford

The Macquarie University Master of Chiropractic Class of 2017 graduation was celebrated on the 20thof April 2018. The day concluded with a Masquerade themed Graduation Ball in Darling Harbour. Attendees, including families, partners, friends, loved ones, MQU staff and members of the Chiropractic professional bodies, embraced the theme in emphatic style.

The charismatic Dr. Chris Agius served as the master of ceremonies and his comedic approach to proceedings kept the crowd laughing throughout the night. Dr. Mario Pribicevic introduced the graduates and Dr. Chi Fung (with a very rare appearance) presented each with a copy of the Chiropractic Oath.  Registered Chiropractors were invited to join the class of 2017 in taking the Chiropractic Oath. This serves as a reminder of our loyalty to the profession and our responsibility to the people we serve.

Dr. Rosemary Giuriato, the Head of the Chiropractic Department at Macquarie University, addressed the audience with an inspirational speech and encouraging words. Her dedication and commitment over the past five years will always be remembered. This was followed by the keynote address by Dr. Allan Kalamir, who shared his insight to the development of the profession and valuable lessons in collaborating with others and the importance of embracing change in contemporary chiropractic.  Michael Hobbs delivered the graduates response, providing the student’s perspective on a very challenging journey filled with hardship, laughter, camaraderie, an enormous sense of achievement and a big thank you to all of those who contributed to our journey.

Achievements were celebrated by the presentation of the Academic awards.  CAA National President Andrew Lawrence presented the CAA National Award for Final Year Student of the Year to Michael Hobbs, who also received the Chiropractic Education Australia Award for Clinic Internship presented by Dr. Scott Philipson.  Dr. Philipson also presented The Ed Devereaux Award for contributions to the Student Body to Tristan Foo. The NSW CAA X-Ray Excellence Award was presented to Tristan Foo.  Hillary Mathieson received the CAAQLD Ellie Fernie Award from Christine Berman.  Dr. John De Voy from CAANSW presented CAA NSW Academic Excellence Award First Year Masters to Ingrid Dunkerley.  She also received the COCA Award for proficiency in Preclinical Studies from John Kaloger of Chiropractic Australia Executive.   Dr. Stephen Esposito presented The Gary Stavrou Award for Proficiency in Chiropractic Technique to Dirk Crafford.

Graduates took to the dance floor with some signature moves by the usual suspects and a few quiet colleagues showing off some hidden talents.

On behalf of the graduates, our gratitude goes to all of the academic- (lecturers, tutors and supervisors) and support staff that guided us through our journey to become chiropractors. Your hard work is appreciated and your efforts helped to shape us. We hope to do you proud in sharing our gift with patients in need.

A heart-felt thank you to Anthony O’Reilly, (President of tCa), Martina Adamcic, Aron Downie, Hillary Mathison, Mackenzie Kulen and the tCa team of Danielle Sclatrito, Mark Hamer, George Portelli and Jack Sahagian for organizing such a tremendous event.  To our colleagues that could not attend, you were missed and we hope to cross paths in the near future.

The night was both entertaining and inspiring.  We are proud to be a part of and serve a profession that have already changed the lives of countless patients for the best.

The true achievements are those of every single one of us that completed this journey regardless of the hardships, losses and adversities. Through hard work and persistence, you have reached this important milestone in your career. Congratulations to every graduate!

Dirk Crafford





Time to Adjust Our Future! – Read and see how you and The Chiropractic Alumni will support research

Time to Adjust Our Future!

25th August 2018 


Read and see how you and The Chiropractic Alumni will support research:
 Many of us are in the business of chiropractic to make change – to change people’s health, wellbeing and lives.  Academics and teachers are actively involved in change process – changing the minds, hands and hearts of would-be chiropractors into the graduates of tomorrow.
On Saturday August 25 this year, is an opportunity for all our alumni – all of our graduates: – SCC Governors past and present; teachers and academics current and retired; plus those who have served on association committeees and technique societies to make change – prioritze research, link our past and present to the future.  A once in a generation event is being planned – the Time to Adjust Our Future party.  This event will be the spring board launch of The Chiropractic Alumni Research Fund.  A  very different venue to the usual has been booked with entertainment for a fun cocktail party to be able to mingle with academics, laugh with friends and relax with like-minded guests.  This evening will truly be worthy of everyone’s time and a night to remember.

The Venue:
The Arthouse Hotel, centrally located in Pitt Street Sydney. Have peek at:   During the day will be the tCa’s Topics in Contemporary Chiropractic Seminar with the topic this year: The Pregnant Spine.  Speakers and details will be provided in the next issue of Chirobiz.  Mark the date and gather your friends.  In fact, this is where we need your help to rally all supporters!

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