BENEFITS FOR THE PUBLIC
FILLING A NICHE
The current tertiary curriculums are failing to meet public demand for vitalistic, naturalistic and humanistic care beyond the spine-pain model. People are looking to chiropractic for more than acute injury management. In fact, the CAAN’s Australian Workforce Study of 2012 revealed that:
- 24% of patients saw their chiropractic practitioner for maintenance care or general well-being
- 97% of patients believed that chiropractic care supported their general health
- 63.7% of patients reported that they were more interested in improving their health than simply removing symptoms
(Chiropractic Workforce Study: Australia. Eaton, Bonello, Green, Graham, Fernandez-Caamano, Strkalj. Macquarie University, Sydney. March 2012)
Without an alternative educational pathway these needs remain unmet, reducing outcomes for people and our profession. The Australian Chiropractic College Initiative aims to address public demand for vitalistic, humanistic and collaborative care, giving students the tools to meet this need with excellence.