Timeline

Key Events 2006

January 1, 2006

  • The Chiropractors Association of Australia – South Australia branch (CAASA) president Dr Patrick Sim floats the idea of a South Australian chiropractic programme at his final address to members at the 2006 CAASA annual general meeting.

Key Events 2010

January 1, 2010

  • CAASA, now under the leadership of Dr Brett Hill, included the formation of a chiropractic program in its strategic plan.
  • The College Working Party (CWP) was formed in line with that strategic direction.

Key Events 2011

January 1, 2011

  • The University of Adelaide (UA) approach CAASA about a potential programme to aid career pathways for Health Science graduates. Several meetings ensue.
  • CWP begins ground work: wide consultation; key attributes of the program; stakeholder communication.
  • CWP hold discussions with representatives of the Chiropractors Association of Australia (CAAN), New Zealand College of Chiropractic (NZCC), Barcelona College of Chiropractic (BCC) and the BCC’s consultants a company called Blue Egg.
  • Australian sceptics begin campaign against chiropractic.

Key Events 2012

January 1, 2012

  • Advent of the Friends Of Science of Medicine (FOSIM)
  • UA ceased discussions with CWP and CAASA after pressure from opponents of chiropractic within UA. This affirmed to the CWP, the need for an independent private college in South Australia.
  • The CWP held a meeting with key stakeholders including local chiropractors and CAAN delegates in Adelaide. Dr Adrian Wenban, the principal of the BCC and representatives from Blue Egg were present.
  • Dr Hill’s term as president of CAASA ends and Dr Andrew Timbs assumes presidents role.
  • Sydney’s Macquarie University (MU) announced its intension to sell off its chiropractic programme due to a poor research base for chiropractic and to allow for a medical degree on its campus.

Key Events 2013

January 1, 2013

  • International chiropractic universities begin investigating acquisition of the MU chiropractic programme.
  • Internationals offer assistance to Australia in response to the proposed closure of the MU programme.
  • The CWP suspends its activities due to the proposed involvement of Internationals in education in Australia.
  • The RMIT programme significantly lowers it’s tertiary education ranking required to enter its chiropractic programme and doubles its intake to over 180 students.
  • Internationals with draw assistance due to lack of professional body support.
  • CAAN removes its core values and vision statement.

Key Events 2014

January 1, 2014

  • CWP reactivated by the CAASA board.
  • The CWP prepared documentation outlining the need for a private college in Australia. NZCC is viewed as benchmark.
  • The CWP recommended an in-depth feasibility study examining funding, accreditation, structure and best model of delivery for proposed college.
  • The CAASA board of directors, now under the leadership of Dr Andrew Timbs, approves the CWP’s recommendations.
  • 5th November: An Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of CAASA members in held to discuss the CWP proposal. An 80% majority of members at the meeting agreed that CAASA should fund a staged feasibility study into a chiropractic program in Adelaide.
  • Stage 1 of the study was to investigate pathways through legislative, regulatory and accreditation landscapes.
  • CWP directed to form a steering committee to act as an advisory body.
  • CWP directed to investigate options for a independent body to CAASA to carry the project at the conclusion of the feasibility study.
  • ACIL Allen is company selected by the CAASA board among several candidates to produce the first stage of the feasibility study.
  • 5th December: CWP holds planning and visioning meeting for the project.

Key Events 2015

January 1, 2015

  • CWP establishes its steering committee.
  • ACIL Allen release stage 1 of the study entitled ‘Feasibility Study of a Chiropractic College: Accreditation and Registration Process and Requirements.’
  • A special meeting brings together chiropractors from around Australia concerned over the direction of chiropractic education. Support is given to the South Australian college project.
  • The Australian Chiropractic Education Foundation (ACEF) is established by the CWP.
  • 28th April: CAASA holds second EGM to report on the stage 1 study. Members vote to continue on to stage 2 of the study investigating the best educational model. Support for the continuation of the study is by vast majority.
  • 1st May: CWP holds 2 day retreat in the Adelaide hills. Further foundations and commitments are made.
  • CAASA board commissions Phillips KPA to proceed with the stage 2 of the feasibility study.
  • 13th August: Phillips KPA release stage 2 of the study entitled ‘Advice in relation to establishing a new higher education course in Australia. ‘This becomes known as the ‘Wells Report.’ The Wells report confirms that the best model for a chiropractic program is a private stand alone college based on the New Zealand College of Chiropractic.
  • 14th August: Dr Sim attends strategic planning meeting of the NZCC board of trustees at their invitation. Relationship between NZCC and ACEF strengthens.
  • 22nd August: ACEF holds first official board meeting. Dr Patrick Sim is elected as president, Dr Aaron Scott as vice president, Dr Mario Stefano as secretary and Dr Hayden Belle as treasurer.
  • 12th September: ACEF is invited to a meeting of the Rubicon Group in Spain. This International community overwhelmingly supports the ACEF and it’s project.
  • 6th November: CAASA holds its third and final EGM to discuss results of the Wells Report. Meeting is attended by the report’s author Michael Wells and the NZCC president Dr Phil McMaster. CAASA members vote in favour of releasing the feasibility studies to ACEF with a vote of 47 to 3.
  • The CAASA board officially disband the CWP and its steering committee.
  • CAASA is formally removed from involvement in the project.
  • Presentations made to CAAN and the Australian Spinal Research Foundation (ASRF) about ACEF and the college project.
  • 18th December: ACEF holds strategic planning session involving chiropractors from around the country in Adelaide.

Key Events 2016

January 1, 2016