ACA Conference 2022
Date: 22 Oct 2022 - 23 Oct 2022
Where: Hilton Sydney

The Cervical Spine

The Australian Chiropractors Association is proud to announce its 2022 Annual Conference to be held at the Hilton Sydney, from 22-23 October. After two years of lockdowns and border closures from COVID-19, we finally have the opportunity to meet in person and we cannot wait!

The theme for the 2022 conference is The Cervical Spine, encompassing a deep dive into the extensive intricacies of the upper neck, neck pain and dysfunctions related to this important region of the body – along with how your sleep and overall wellbeing can be impacted.

As Australia’s premiere event in Chiropractic, we are looking forward to hearing from a diverse and highly experienced group of researchers, professionals, and academics both here and internationally.

The ACA Conference is the perfect way to keep up-to-date with current chiropractic research and connect with colleagues after a long break from in-person events.


Dr Anthony Nicholson

Session 1: Clinical Thinking About the Neck: The Big Picture

Session 2: Explaining Neck Treatment – Communicate Like an Expert

Dr Anthony Nicholson is the CEO of Chiropractic Development International (CDI), a continuing education provider for chiropractors and a nationally registered training organisation. CDI started in 2002 with specialised programs to strengthen the inter-professional communication skills of chiropractors and position them with authority within the healthcare system.

For more information on Dr Nicholson and his sessions, click here.

Dr Carlo Rinaudo

Session 1: Cervicogenic Dizziness – Think Above C1

Session 2: Concussion or Whiplash – Can You Tell the Difference?

Dr Carlo Rinaudo is a registered chiropractor from Australia with post-graduate training in clinical neuroscience and sports. Dr Rinaudo is the clinic director of a multidisciplined clinic, focused on helping people with dizziness, concussion and balance related conditions. He has recently submitted his PhD thesis in Vestibular (balance) therapy at University of New South Wales and Neuroscience Research Australia, working alongside leading researchers and Neurologist in the field.

For more information on Dr Rinaudo and his session, click here.

Dr Jeffrey Hannah

Session Title: Craniocervical Neurokinematics

Dr Jeffrey Hannah is a Blair upper cervical chiropractor based in the Brisbane area. He is a 2007 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic and has written a book titled The Doctors Who Give No Medicine, which is not an Amazon bestseller but is nevertheless a highly recommended read.

For more information on Dr Hannah and his session, click here.

Dr Amy Spoelstra

Session Title: Developing a brain-based approach in chiropractic practice

Dr Amy Spoelstra graduated cum laude from Sherman College of Chiropractic.  She is the founder of the FOCUS program and opened the doors to the program in 2011 in the Coeur d’ Alene office.

Amy  now teaches chiropractors, educators and other medical professionals around the country and internationally about Neuro-Deflective Disorders ™ and the FOCUS approach to comprehensive patient care for children and adults with behavioural, learning, socialization and developmental challenges.

For more information on Dr Spoelstra and her session, click here.

Dr Brett Lillie

Session Title: The Cat Amongst the Pigeons

Dr Brett Lillie is a sleep enthusiast, a seasoned pain stalker and an avid solution seeker. His passion is knowledge and his heartfelt desire to help people find answers where there seem to be none has driven him to never stop learning, never stop chasing.

For more information on Dr Lillie and his session, click here.

Dr Genevieve Dharamaraj

Session Title: Above the Atlas Lies Two Hemispheres
A Hemispheric Approach (Melillo Method), Primitive Reflexes and Autism

Dr Genevieve Dharamaraj is a paediatric chiropractor with a Masters in Chiropractic Paediatrics and also has a Fellowship in Functional Neurology with Childhood Neurodevelopmental Disorders.

For more information on Dr Dharamaraj and her session, click here.

Assoc Prof Peter Tuchin

Session Title: Cervicogenic Migraine – Does it Exist?

Assoc Prof Peter Tuchin retired from Macquarie University after 27 years.  Dr Tuchin’s areas of interest and research include the relationship of posture with neck pain, headaches and migraine, chronic pain syndromes, and the relationship of vertebral artery dissection stroke with chiropractic.

For more information on Assoc Prof Tuchin and his session, click here.

Professor Lesley Braun

Session Title: The Role of Complementary Medicine in Supporting Mental Health and Wellbeing

Professor Lesley Braun has been Global Director of the Blackmores Institute since 2014. Key activities of the Institute include facilitating research and innovation with university and commercial partners, developing and delivering award-winning education and science communications for both retail staff and health professionals.

For more information on Professor Braun and her session, click here.

Erica Smith

Session Title: The Synergy of Nutritional Medicine and Chiropractic Care

Erica Smith joins us from the Metagenics Clinical Education Team. Being involved in the development of evidence-based and clinically relevant education keeps her inspired to share the latest scientific research in natural therapies.

For more information on Erica Smith’s  and her session, click here.

Dr Andrea Huddleston

Session Title: The Synergy of Nutritional Medicine and Chiropractic Care

Dr Andrea Huddleston is a women’s health, natural fertility specialist and integrative chiropractor practising in Perth, Australia. She is the co-host of the award winning podcast Wellness Women Radio and is affectionately referred to as ‘the period whisperer’ by her patients!

For more information on Dr Huddleston and her session, click here.


To view the full conference program, click on the button below.

To download the conference program, click here.

Conference Program

Research Symposium

ACA Conference 2022 invites researchers, research students and chiropractic students to submit an abstract of their original research for podium and poster consideration for the event. Submission deadline is Sunday 31 July 2022.

Please read the Research Symposium: Submission Guidelines for more details.

Authors will be advised about the outcome of their submission on Sunday 14 August 2022.

Presenting finalists will need to be registered for the conference weekend.

Conference Dinner

Embark on an inspiring journey through time as you visit some of the most influential figures in Australian history, favourite sporting hero’s past and present, world leaders along with iconic celebrities and characters from the world of entertainment.

Join us at Madame Tussauds Sydney Live Music Zone for the ACA Conference Dinner.

Date:  Saturday 22 October 2022
Venue:  Madame Tussauds
:  6:30pm
Cost:  $140.00 per person

Dress to impress!

You can book your dinner tickets when you register for the event.


This year’s conference will be held at the Hilton Sydney. With stylish comfort in the heart of the city, the Hilton Sydney offers a contemporary design and unpretentious luxury.

Adjacent to the Queen Victoria Building shopping arcade and within two kilometers of Darling Harbor entertainment, the Sydney Opera House, and the Royal Botanic Gardens it is the perfect position for our conference.

ACA has negotiated accommodation discounts and secured a limited number of reduced-rate hotel rooms to make your stay in Sydney cost affordable. Rooms at the group rate are limited and available on a first come, first-served basis.

To access your special accommodation rates, visit the Accommodation portal below.

Registration Costs

The costs to attend the conference ‘in-person’ or to ‘view online’ are the same.

Early bird closes on 26 August 2022.

If you have any questions regarding ACA Conference 2022 email Debbie Kelly at

To read ACA Conference 2022 Terms and Conditions, click here.

Member Type Until 26/08/22 After 26/08/22
Member Type
ACA Member
$750.00 $1,200.00
Member Type
ACA Student
$250.00 $250.00
Member Type
$300.00 $300.00
Member Type
Non ACA Member
$1,200.00 $1,550.00


Major Sponsor

Guild Insurance is Australia’s leading insurer for allied health professions. For over 25 years, Guild has partnered with the Australian Chiropractors Association to develop insurance products that keep pace with your changing needs as an Australian chiropractic professional. For more information contact Guild 1800 810 213, or visit


Gold Sponsor


Metagenics has been providing Natural Medicines for over 30 years and is the number one supplier of quality Natural Medicines in Australia and New Zealand. They are committed to providing the best education and services, and ensuring they deliver products of high-quality and efficacy, helping natural healthcare professionals achieve the best outcomes. For more information visit


Silver Sponsor

BioCeuticals is Australia’s leading provider of nutritional and therapeutic supplements. Renowned for manufacturing and delivering high-quality integrative medicines to healthcare practitioners, BioCeuticals aims to consistently raise the standards of natural-based therapies. For more information visit


Dinner Sponsor

SleepMaker and the Australian Chiropractors Association have a longstanding partnership, working closely together for over 25 years to help improve the Chiropractic health of Australians. For over 25 years SleepMaker has produced the only CHIRO bedding range approved by the Australian Chiropractors Association. For more information visit


Bronze Sponsor

Heal with Laser helps practitioners provide treatment using an opioid-free, non-surgical alternative. They guide practitioners to become laser therapy specialists. This allows them to improve clinical outcomes, increase patients and boost their revenue.  For more information, visit


Delegate Handbook Sponsor

Chiroflow Pillow is the original waterbase pillow to complement your chiropractic care. It offers a soft layer of resilient fibre providing exceptional comfort for the head and neck, while the fibre floats on a thin layer of water for responsive support. For more information visit