Seminars & Events

tCA Seminar 2023- Topics in Contemporary Chiropractic

Topics in Contemporary Chiropractic Seminar

Vertigo, Dizziness and the Spine

Dizziness, vertigo and loss of balance can challenge patients and clinicians.  On Saturday September 2, the next tCa Topics in Contemporary Chiropractic Seminar will cover conditions such as: vestibular migraine;  acute CVA-like vestibular syndrome;  BPPV; persistent dizziness with hyper-vigilance; and cervicogenic dizziness.  The identification and management of these disorders will be discussed in typical tCa style with high quality chiropractic and multidisciplinary speakers. 
    As usual tCa format, this will be an interactive event so you are ready for similar patients on Monday morning.  The speakers will cover which cases should be referred out and to whom?  Additional strategies and approaches that can be utilised in treating and caring for patients with vertigo and dizziness?  What medications do such patients utilise?
    The aim is to give attendees in-depth understanding of common vertigo and dizziness disorders and how to treat and/or manage such cases.  A variety of strategies will be offered including different chiropractic perspectives, neurology/neurotology, psychology and pharmacy.
      Presenters include chiropractors Dr. Carlo Rinaudo, Dr. Anthony Nicholson, Dr. Aron Downie, neurologist/neurotologist A/Prof. Phillip Cremer, psychologist Dr. Elyce Greenaway and pharmacist Casey Barton, being co-ordinated by Dr. Alex Alevaras.  The booking form can be downloads here: 
      The venue is Sydney University and 5.5 hours CPD can be applied.  This is a unique seminar with outstanding collection of speakers, concepts and presentations.

It’s time for a Reunion!  

on September 2

   Life is short, opportunities to see each other were interrupted by the pandemic.  Since you can’t hug a friend or laugh as well through Facebook, The Chiropractic Alumni has arranged a special venue at Darling Island in Doltone House for a Celebration and Reunion dinner on Saturday September 2 6.30 pm (following the Vertigo and Dizziness and the Spine seminar).

   This is a night for all MQ and SCC grads and if you graduated in the 1970’s, or were a member of the Classes of 1983, 88, 93, 98, 2003, 08, 13 or 2018, this is your arranged time for a reunion.    Call your friends, arrange a table and make the night great catching up with friends.

MtCaRF Update

The Chiropractic Alumni are pleased to bring you an update on the Macquarie Chiropractic Alumni Research Fund (MtCaRF). MtCaRF is a fund with a goal of investing in chiropractic research for the long term and very much appreciates gifts and donations of support. We are pleased to share with you the excellent news of the progress of recently funded projects. 

Thanks to the generosity of donors and the fundraising of The Chiropractic Alumni, the first two round of grants have been awarded to five teams of researchers in the Department of Chiropractic at Macquarie University.

Five grants were made possible from MtCaRF over the past two years.  Dr. Michael Swain and his team were awarded $12 000 to undertake a feasibility study on the clinical course of spinal pain in adolescents.  The team is a large Australian and international team of eminent and leading researchers.  Dr. Swain draws our attention to Dr. Laura Montgomery a graduate of the Class of 2012 and is a PhD student on this grant and is an example of the benefit to early career researchers. 

The summary of Dr. Swain’s project is: Spinal pain becomes humanity’s leading cause of years-lived with disability in late adolescence. Health and health behaviours established during adolescence partly determines health status later in life, and one’s risk of developing chronic diseases. Adolescents with persistent spinal pain have more than four-times higher odds of having persistent spinal pain in adulthood than those without persistent spinal pain. Currently, there is insufficient scientific evidence to inform youth, parents and clinicians as to which adolescents with spinal pain are at risk of persistent symptoms. Research on the clinical course of spinal pain in adolescents is needed to inform clinical practice and healthcare policy, and to evaluate new approaches to patient care. This requires a large-scale prospective clinical cohort study. To conduct such a study the feasibility of data collection methods in adolescents needs to be established. The aim of this proposed study is to determine the feasibility of recruiting, retaining and following up a prospective cohort of adolescents with moderate-to-severe spinal pain presenting to primary care (chiropractic practices). Having established the feasibility of prognostic research methods in adolescent spinal pain, this study will position the research team well for large nationally competitive research funding. 

Dr. Swain acknowledged the grant saying that ‘ not only do the grants help support researchers such as himself, they also aid the chiropractic profession in general and the community at large’.  

The second funded project is:

Dr. Chris Burrell and team – Erring on the side of safety: Using an Active Surveillance Reporting System to prospectively identify adverse events at the Macquarie University chiropractic teaching clinics.  The reporting of adverse events is essential to improve patient safety in the chiropractic profession.  Significant outputs include the first report of immediate, longitudinal changes in symptoms after chiropractic treatment and the report of the frequency and severity of adverse events in Macquarie University Chiropractic teaching clinics.  Funded amount $9000.

Dr. Hazel Jenkins and team were the third funded project- Do X-rays for spinal pain in patients receiving spinal manipulative therapy change patient outcomes? A pilot randomised controlled trial.  Many chiropractors believe that X-rays are needed to detect findings that will either contraindicate or change the application of spinal manipulative therapy.  No studies have assessed the effect of X-rays on patient outcomes when patient management includes spinal manipulative therapy. The effect of X-ray use on adverse events after spinal manipulative therapy has also not been examined.  Funded amount $9000.

Project 4 funded in 2022, Dr Benjamin Brown and his team were awarded $12 300 for The ScoliScreen Project – A reliability and validity study.  

Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) is a progressive spinal deformity that develops during the peak growth period of adolescence. If left untreated, AIS can cause pain, postural abnormalities, and impact significantly on self-image and quality of life. In severe cases, costly spinal fusion surgery may be required.

If scoliosis can be identified early, treatment can prevent progression of the disease. Dedicated school screening programs in Australia have been replaced by a national self-detection program. There are no published data on the effectiveness of this program, but anecdotal reports would suggest that there may be a significant number of children and adolescents with scoliosis going undetected.

With the overarching aim of improving the early detection of AIS, we have teamed up with ScoliCare, a leading company in the conservative management of scoliosis in Australia, to investigate the reliability and validity of a web-based application (app) called ScoliScreen for the detection of scoliosis in adolescents. The aim of this research project is to assess the reliability and validity of the methods used in the app. The ScoliScreen app has the potential to become a new tool for scoliosis screening in Australia, offering a simple, scalable, low-cost, user-friendly method of scoliosis screening. But a critical first step is to establish the reliability and validity of this app.

tCa President Anthony O’Reilly commented “each of these grants have been able to provide our colleagues in research a ‘leg-up’ to commence research in an extremely competitive environment.  Funding from national grants bodies such as NHMRC is near impossible without such early research already completed.  The MtCaRF is almost unique in providing opportunities of this kind.  The imperative of MtCaRF is to continue to fund similar projects into the future.  Your support has made these first projects possible.  It is rewarding to see Australian chiropractors undertaking research locally that will benefit clinical practice and health of the community.”

“From an administrative point of view, we are pleased that 100% of the funds donated are going to these projects as originally intended by tCa and Macquarie University.  We hope that supporters can see the value of their ‘giving back’ to their university.  Hearing the very sincere appreciation from each of the researchers made it feel that the efforts of supporters and tCa was very, very worthwhile.  We can see how MtCaRF is turning out to be more valuable than we imagined.  We look forward to your ongoing support.”

The Chiropractic Alumni are pleased to bring you an update on the Macquarie Chiropractic Alumni Research Fund (MtCaRF). MtCaRF is a fund with a goal of investing in chiropractic research for the long term and very much appreciates gifts and donations of support. We are pleased to share with you the excellent news of the progress of recently funded projects. 

Thanks to the generosity of donors and the fundraising of The Chiropractic Alumni, the first two round of grants have been awarded to five teams of researchers in the Department of Chiropractic at Macquarie University.

Five grants were made possible from MtCaRF over the past two years.  Dr. Michael Swain and his team were awarded $12 000 to undertake a feasibility study on the clinical course of spinal pain in adolescents.  The team is a large Australian and international team of eminent and leading researchers.  Dr. Swain draws our attention to Dr. Laura Montgomery a graduate of the Class of 2012 and is a PhD student on this grant and is an example of the benefit to early career researchers. 

The summary of Dr. Swain’s project is: Spinal pain becomes humanity’s leading cause of years-lived with disability in late adolescence. Health and health behaviours established during adolescence partly determines health status later in life, and one’s risk of developing chronic diseases. Adolescents with persistent spinal pain have more than four-times higher odds of having persistent spinal pain in adulthood than those without persistent spinal pain. Currently, there is insufficient scientific evidence to inform youth, parents and clinicians as to which adolescents with spinal pain are at risk of persistent symptoms. Research on the clinical course of spinal pain in adolescents is needed to inform clinical practice and healthcare policy, and to evaluate new approaches to patient care. This requires a large-scale prospective clinical cohort study. To conduct such a study the feasibility of data collection methods in adolescents needs to be established. The aim of this proposed study is to determine the feasibility of recruiting, retaining and following up a prospective cohort of adolescents with moderate-to-severe spinal pain presenting to primary care (chiropractic practices). Having established the feasibility of prognostic research methods in adolescent spinal pain, this study will position the research team well for large nationally competitive research funding. 

Dr. Swain acknowledged the grant saying that ‘ not only do the grants help support researchers such as himself, they also aid the chiropractic profession in general and the community at large’.  

The second funded project is:

Dr. Chris Burrell and team – Erring on the side of safety: Using an Active Surveillance Reporting System to prospectively identify adverse events at the Macquarie University chiropractic teaching clinics.  The reporting of adverse events is essential to improve patient safety in the chiropractic profession.  Significant outputs include the first report of immediate, longitudinal changes in symptoms after chiropractic treatment and the report of the frequency and severity of adverse events in Macquarie University Chiropractic teaching clinics.  Funded amount $9000.

Dr. Hazel Jenkins and team were the third funded project- Do X-rays for spinal pain in patients receiving spinal manipulative therapy change patient outcomes? A pilot randomised controlled trial.  Many chiropractors believe that X-rays are needed to detect findings that will either contraindicate or change the application of spinal manipulative therapy.  No studies have assessed the effect of X-rays on patient outcomes when patient management includes spinal manipulative therapy. The effect of X-ray use on adverse events after spinal manipulative therapy has also not been examined.  Funded amount $9000.

Project 4 funded in 2022, Dr Benjamin Brown and his team were awarded $12 300 for The ScoliScreen Project – A reliability and validity study.  

Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) is a progressive spinal deformity that develops during the peak growth period of adolescence. If left untreated, AIS can cause pain, postural abnormalities, and impact significantly on self-image and quality of life. In severe cases, costly spinal fusion surgery may be required.

If scoliosis can be identified early, treatment can prevent progression of the disease. Dedicated school screening programs in Australia have been replaced by a national self-detection program. There are no published data on the effectiveness of this program, but anecdotal reports would suggest that there may be a significant number of children and adolescents with scoliosis going undetected.

With the overarching aim of improving the early detection of AIS, we have teamed up with ScoliCare, a leading company in the conservative management of scoliosis in Australia, to investigate the reliability and validity of a web-based application (app) called ScoliScreen for the detection of scoliosis in adolescents. The aim of this research project is to assess the reliability and validity of the methods used in the app. The ScoliScreen app has the potential to become a new tool for scoliosis screening in Australia, offering a simple, scalable, low-cost, user-friendly method of scoliosis screening. But a critical first step is to establish the reliability and validity of this app.

tCa President Anthony O’Reilly commented “each of these grants have been able to provide our colleagues in research a ‘leg-up’ to commence research in an extremely competitive environment.  Funding from national grants bodies such as NHMRC is near impossible without such early research already completed.  The MtCaRF is almost unique in providing opportunities of this kind.  The imperative of MtCaRF is to continue to fund similar projects into the future.  Your support has made these first projects possible.  It is rewarding to see Australian chiropractors undertaking research locally that will benefit clinical practice and health of the community.”

“From an administrative point of view, we are pleased that 100% of the funds donated are going to these projects as originally intended by tCa and Macquarie University.  We hope that supporters can see the value of their ‘giving back’ to their university.  Hearing the very sincere appreciation from each of the researchers made it feel that the efforts of supporters and tCa was very, very worthwhile.  We can see how MtCaRF is turning out to be more valuable than we imagined.  We look forward to your ongoing support.”

Edwin Phillip Devereaux AM, DC, DO, FICC, FACC

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Edwin Devereaux on the 11thJune at Brian King Gardens, Castle Hill at the age 89. 

Edwin Devereaux was a normal, everyday Australian who became a leader, a statesman and arrived at legend status. It was in his retirement years that he, Brian O’Reilly and I recorded the history of Chiropractic education in Australia in a book titled Pathway to a Profession Chiropractic in Australiafrom Sydney College of Chiropractic (SCC) to Macquarie University (MU). It was here that I had the fortune to learn a great deal of insight into this man.

In his early working life, Ed was engaged as an organiser for one of the largest trade unions in Australia, which he represented at the NSW Trades and Labour Council and at conferences of the NSW Branch of the Australian Labour Party. Politics was his interest, having made many connections with political leaders at the time, both state and federal. Ed in 1969 whilst still a student, assisted in the preparation and support of the motion recommending the establishment of an inquiry into chiropractic to the NSW branch of the Australian Labor Party. The motion was carried and The Teece Inquiry was initiated. Furthermore, on the establishment of the Whitlam Labor Government, Ed obtained support from leading members of the Federal Labor Government for a motion to be put to the Annual Conference of the Federal Labour Party for an inquiry into chiropractic and osteopathy. The motion was carried and the Federal Webb Inquiry initiated.   

Ed’s interest in physical therapy came from his athleticism which led him to the study of natural therapies at the Academy of Natural Healing under Simon Schott, and later at the Sydney College of Chiropractic and Osteopathy, Ashfield. Upon graduation in 1971, Ed established a very successful practice attending to numerous patients, young and old and a myriad of sports men and women of the various sporting codes, including the Paramatta Eels. At that time, he started teaching at the Sydney College of Chiropractic. From 1977 he became a director of the Sydney College of Chiropractic Council and soon after its chairman. He also was a member of the NSW Chiropractors and Osteopaths Registration Board since its inception in May 1979 and President of that Board from 1991 to December 2000.  

In the history of Chiropractic profession in Australia, Ed Devereaux was integral in unifying state associations into one federal body, namely the Australian Federation of Chiropractors which soon after amalgamated with the United Chiropractors Association of Australasia (UCAA). Dr Devereaux went on to become the President of the United Chiropractors Association of Australasia since 1975 to 1990. He guided the Australian trained chiropractors through the ropes of standardisation, legislation, and recognition.

It was in 1990 that the great amalgamation of the UCAA and the Australian Chiropractors Association (ACA) occurred to become known as the Chiropractors Association of Australia (CAA). Dr Devereaux was the founding Co-President and held many positions within the CAA Board. He saw the big picture and had the foresight to see what the profession needed for the benefit of the public to better access their services. 

Dr Devereaux was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia in 1983 for ‘his services to medicine, especially in the field of chiropractic health care’ on Australia Day 26 January 1983. He was an honorary Life Member of the Chiropractors Association of Australia and Chiropractic and Osteopath Association of Australia. In 1997 he was awarded Chiropractor of The Year by CAA (NSW) and was also awarded a Fellow of the International College of Chiropractors (FICC). In 1999 he was awarded the United States of America Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards highest award: The Dr George Ardvison Award for services to chiropractic licensure and in 2001 he was awarded the Knox Medallion from the Sydney College of Chiropractic. The ‘Edwin Devereaux Award’ was struck by the Sydney College of Chiropractic in 2004 in his honour. 

Dr Edwin Devereaux AM was awarded the degree of Doctor of Science (honoris causa) from Macquarie University on Friday 13 April 2012.

Ed is survived by his wife Val, his children Phillip, Karen and Linda, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

We thank you Ed, for your guidance and your service.  

Topics in Contemporary Chiropractic and Annual tCa Reunion Dinner

Topics in Contemporary Chiropractic Seminar

27th of August 2022

Transition Back to Health Seminar– 11am

and the Annual tCa Reunion Dinner– 7pm

The Mercure Hotel, Sydney, 818-820 George Street

 

We have arranged an array of speakers that include nutritionists, exercise experts, psychologists, researchers, and chiropractors.   We can advertise that some of the speakers already lined up include dietitian Susie Burrell, chiropractors Taylor Harrison, Bryce Conrad, Angus Steventon, researcher Roger Engel and psychologist insomnia Specialist Delwyn Bartlett.  We are excited to present this seminar on a very important and specialised area:  

Scroll down to our event form to register.

Our list of presenters and their topics:

Nutrition, Wellbeing & Motivation – Susie Burrell 

Susie Burrell will share her valuable insights into nutrition, wellbeing and motivating behavioural change.  Susie is a dietitian and hold and Honour’s Degree in Psychology as well as a Master’s Degree in Coaching Psychology from Sydney University. She has a great interest in the psychology of behavioural change.   She has worked as a clinical dietitian at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and in private practice as well as a sports dietitian working with the St George Illawarra Dragons, Parramatta Eels, Sydney University Rugby and the South African Blue Bulls.  Since having twins, she maintained work in her own clinic in Bondi Junction, seeing clients for weight loss, hormone related issues including PCOS and insulin resistance and for sports nutrition.  The other key aspects of her work are in the media and working with food industry.  Susie has been the dietitian at Channel 7 Sunrise for 10 years, writing frequently for a range of publications including 9honey, Body & Soul & smh.com.au. 

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Integrating Exercise, Chiropractic & Behavioural Change 

Dr. Taylor Harrison and Dr Susie Oglesby

Taylor Harrison and Suzy Oglesby will present on how to use exercise in a chiropractic setting to change health outcomes, Including from home.   Taylor Harrison is a member of the Class of 2004 and has also completed post-graduate qualifications in Business, Massage, Fitness, Pregnancy and Paediatrics.   Taylor established Active Seniors Health Centre in 2006 which was a clinic which focused exclusively on the needs of the over 60 population, primarily exercise, nutrition, posture and movement. There are now 3 clinics across Sydney with Exercise Physiology, Chiropractic and Nutrition and they have helped over 10,000 seniors gain greater health during this time. He has also written 2 books on the topic of Seniors Health. The clinics have shifted online, with online programs as well as a popular Facebook and Youtube channel. During the first lockdown Taylor and Suzy Oglesby ran the worlds largest online seniors exercise class with over 7000 people taking part live and reached over a million views.  Dr Harrison established a Charity ‘Giving Health’  which provides health care via a multidisciplinary team to people in poverty in the Philippines with a strong focus on Stroke and Diabetes prevention. 

Suzy Oglesby is a graduate of the Class of 2012 and inaddition is an Exercise Physiologist.  She teaches Exercise Physiology at the Australian Catholic University in additon to her work at Active Seniors.  Suzy treats a range of conditions and ages in her chiropractic role. 

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Multidisciplinary Practice Post Pandemic 

Dr Bryce Conrad and Dr Angus Steventon

Bryce Conrad and Angus Steventon will cover working in a multidisciplinary practice and how to work with other health professionals and how these environments have changed expectations of chiropractors since the pandemic.  They are two of the most experienced and accomplished chiropractors working and managing a large multidisciplinary practice.  

Bryce Conrad is a third generation chiropractor and a graduate of the Class of 2002 having previously studied in Canada.  He found early on that the standard approach in the Australian health system involved extreme fragmentation with a lack of integration and communication between different disciplines. Chiropractic was somewhere out on the fringe, and so Dr. Conrad became involved in leadership in the Chiropractors Association with the goal to change these views and connect health care disciplines together for the benefit of patients.  Bryce could not imagine the journey that would take place over the next 17 years. From a small single practitioner clinic in Gosford in 2005 to now having 3 multidisciplinary clinics with over 35 clinicians and support staff.  Bryce and his team have worked with almost every type of health professional and understand many of the challenges outside the Chiropractic world. 

Angus Steventon is a member of the Class of 1999 moved to the Central Coast of NSW to join friend Dr Bryce Conrad as they pursued setting up Chiropractic in a multi-disciplinary medical setting.  Eventually a $7 million dollar GP SuperClinic was built in West Gosford featuring GPs, Medical Imaging, Specialists, Chiropractors, Exercise Physiologists, Physiotherapists, Massage Therapists, Psychologists Dietitians, Podiatrists and Acupuncture and many other disciplines.    Angus works with Bryce to run a team of 35 professionals and staff in their Allied Health section.  Dr Steventon has a keen interest in integrated multidisciplinary patient-centred care. He has observed it done well and done poorly. He has observed the phenomenal benefits for patients of this model of care and is passionate about helping others to understand the practical principles that underpin how Chiropractors can work in such a setting.

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Improving Respiratory Function with Chiropractic & Exercise – Dr. Roger Engel

Limited respiratory function has become one of the central areas of attention with the Pandemic.  Dr. Engel stands out as  the chiropractic researcher with the most authority on chronic respiratory disease .  Roger Engel is member  of the Class of 1982, was awarded a PhD from Macquarie  and is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Chiropractic with over 30 years clinical experience. He has practised in a variety of settings including urban and rural private practice and private and public hospitals, in Australia, Indonesia and the US. Dr Engel is an Adjunct Associate Professor with SCU and Senior Lecturer with Macquarie University.  Roger recently retired as an academic in the Department of Chiropractic at Macquarie University, a position he held for 20 years. During that period, he also held an appointment as Honorary Clinical Research Fellow at Sutherland Hospital in Sydney, the first chiropractor in NSW to hold such an appointment.  Roger’s main field of research is in chronic respiratory disease, primarily the non-pharmacological management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). His other research interests extend to paediatrics, adverse event reporting and professional scope of practice. 

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Getting Patients Back to Sleep – Prof Delwyn Bartlett  

Prof Bartlett s a Clinical Associate Professor at the Central Clinical School of Medicine at the University of Sydney.  She is a registered psychologist who has been predominantly working in the area of sleep health and psychology since 1993. She treats patients with sleep disorders such as insomnia, sleep apnoea, and parasomnias as well as depression and anxiety.  She has been involved in sleep research in Australia since 1993. Some of her recent roles have included a chief investigator examining the efficacy of a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) intervention to improve the uptake and adherence to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) for individuals with obstructive sleep apnea.  She was also a chief investigator investigating a CBT insomnia intervention for adolescents with sleeping problems funded by Rotary as well as an associate investigator examining the effectiveness of different doses of melatonin in individuals with delayed sleep phase disorder. Currently she is chief investigator looking at as CBT sleep intervention for first time mothers to reduce the risk of post natal depression.  Prof. Bartlett  gives talks to GP’s, cancer support groups, parents manage their child’s sleep, Lifeline; and other specific groups such as Sleep Disorders Australia where the topics have ranged from healthy sleep, shift work, voluntary sleep deprivation (safe driving), insomnia; nightmares and trauma and other sleep disorders.  In addition to being a psychologist, she is also a registered nurse and midwife.

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Trivia Challenge for all- 11th September 2021 (7pm – 8pm)

Though we are locked down, The Chiropractic Alumni will proceed with its events on Saturday September 11 in a COVID-safe way and we are seeking your assistance in making the event successful.The imperative to connect chiropractors and friends remains, as well as the other objectives of our alumni association such as raising funds for the Macquarie Chiropractic Alumni Research Fund. We would love to see the trivia challenge as a big well supported event, and with the practice and experience of our previous nights, we can confidently offer a fun and exciting time.

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 justinong@thechiropracticalumni.org.au 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