ICA Offers Full Support to Chiropractors' Association of Australia in Current Media and Regulatory Focus on Chiropractic Care for Children
SPECIAL RELEASE: June 2, 2016, International Chiropractors Association
The International Chiropractors Association, in a letter to Dr. Matthew Fisher, Chief Executive Officer of the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia (CAA), has offered its full support in the face of current negative media and regulatory attention being focused on chiropractic care for infants and children. In its communication to the CAA, ICA expressed its sincere willingness to make available its “…resources, information and research services and the energy of ICA’s professional staff and postgraduate councils, to support your efforts to address the current media and public policymakers’ attention on providing chiropractic services to children and infants.” ICA also told the CAA leadership, “We have reviewed your organization’s impressive responses to date, as posted on your website, and deeply respect and appreciate the efforts you have already put forward. We are concerned, however, that the body of issues being addressed by the media and public officials alike may not quickly fade so we would like to explore with you any ways and means by which the ICA might be of assistance.”
“This is an issue with global implications,” said ICA President Dr. George Curry. “The clinical appropriateness, effectiveness and safety record of specific chiropractic adjustments for patients of all ages, including the smallest of children, is established in the research record, well beyond any doubt, and full access, with no age restrictions, is provided for in the laws of many nations. ICA is determined to act to preserve the rights of patients of all ages to access our care. Chiropractic care for children is a basic part of chiropractic education and doctors of chiropractic are highly skilled and trained to provide the specific care this important population needs.”
Chiropractic child care has been a topic of serious focus and development for many decades by the ICA. ICA’s Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics, offering the profession’s first and most widely respected postgraduate Diplomate, has set the international standard in chiropractic child care training and research. The Council’s accumulated research record and experience, as well as the voices of its Diplomates, have been frequently deployed in similar situations around the world with great effect.
ICA has been clear in its communications with the Australian association that ICA is very conscious of the need to work through the CAA and to coordinate any and all communications with that national association’s leadership and staff. ICA wishes, however, to contribute in every possible way on the issues at hand and looks forward to doing so in the most effective and responsible fashion.