ACA Conference 2021

ACA Conference 2021

Date: 23 Oct 2021 - 24 Oct 2021
Where: Hilton, Adelaide

About the Event

The Female Patient & Women’s Health

Join us on 23-24 October 2021 for the annual ACA Conference at the Hilton Adelaide. This year’s theme will centre on all you need to know about the female patient and their unique health needs. Take this valuable knowledge and useful tools back to your practice and gain a further understanding of this important area in a single weekend.

To be held in South Australia’s cosmopolitan capital, Adelaide, this city is a place where a vibrant arts and cultural scene sits in harmony with history and heritage, and thoughtful innovation blends with nature. Taste your way through world-famous wine regions only minutes away from the city or indulge in some of Australia’s most award-winning restaurants in the heart of Adelaide.


The ACA Conference is the largest educational event aimed at chiropractors.

With extensive sponsorship opportunities and a large trade display, the ACA Conference will enable your organisation to showcase your products and services at Australia’s pre-eminent chiropractic conference.

Attendees take part in networking several times each day within the exhibition area, giving exhibitors multiple opportunities to market and promote their products and services to a targeted audience.

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Major Sponsor – Guild Insurance

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. You can contact Guild on 1800 810 213.

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Gold Sponsor – Metagenics

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.

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Dinner Sponsor – Sleepmaker

Sleepmaker has forged a heritage of innovation that has been tested by millions of Australians for over a century. The Sleepmaker difference is they offer a range of technologies and brands that cater to diverse needs of all Australians. Sleepmaker is your guarantee of proven support and quality.

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The 2021 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at the Hilton Adelaide on Friday 22 October, 2021.

Members and delegates are invited to attend the AGM.

Join us from 6.00pm for welcome drinks in the exhibition area – a great chance to catch up with colleagues. AGM registration commences at 7.00pm, with the AGM starting promptly at 7.30pm.

Date:  Friday 22 October, 2021
Place:  Hilton Adelaide, 233 Victoria Square, Adelaide SA
Welcome Drinks:  6.00pm – 7.00pm
AGM Registration:  7.00pm – 7.30pm
AGM:  7.30pm – 9.30pm (approx.)


View the full Conference program below.

To print a pdf version of the Program click here.

Conference Program


Jennifer Guest

Jennifer Guest has combined her formative years as a Classical Ballet Student/Amateur performer with her academic years of pre and post graduate physiotherapy study resulting in a passionate focus on Dance Injury/Education and Prevention.

Read more about Jennifer and her conference sessions

Dr Katelyn McGregor

Katelyn McGregor is a 2005 RMIT graduate and her practice in Geelong, Victoria, is a leader in the care of woman as they navigate pregnancy, birth and the post-natal journey.

Read more about Dr McGregor and her conference sessions

Dr Angela Todd

Dr Angela Todd  has a special interest and Post Graduate training in the care of infants and children with a Post Graduate Diploma in chiropractic paediatrics from RMIT and a Diplomate in Chiropractic Neuro-developmental Paediatrics.

Read more about Dr Todd and her conference session

Dr Andrea Huddleston

Dr Andrea Huddleston is a women’s health, natural fertility specialist and integrative chiropractor practising in Perth.  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.

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Dr Julie Uren

Dr Julie Uren completed her nursing training in Sydney in 1985 and went on to complete her midwifery training soon afterwards followed by certification in child and family health and childbirth education.

Read about Dr Julie Uren and her conference session

Erica Smith

Naturopath Erica Smith is inspired by the vision of natural medicine becoming fully integrated into everyday healthcare.

Read about Erica Smith and her conference session.

Research Symposium

Call for Research Papers

Submission Deadline: Sunday 18 July 2021

The ACA Conference invites researchers, research students and chiropractic students to submit an abstract of their original research for podium and poster consideration for the event.


Please read the Submission Guidelines and Ethics Declaration for more details. Authors will be advised about the outcome of their submission on Sunday 25 July 2021.

Research Prizes

Podium Presentations (original works)

ACA 1st Prize for Research excellence (podium) $2,500
ACA 2nd Prize for Research Excellence (podium) – $1,500
ACA 3rd Prize for Research Excellence (podium) – $1,000

Poster Presentations

ACA 1st Prize for Research Excellence (poster) – $1,500
ACA 2nd Prize for Research Excellence (poster) – $1,000
ACA 3rd Prize for Research Excellence (poster) – $500

A prize may not be awarded if the judges decide that entries within that category are not of a sufficient standard.

Please forward abstract submissions or further questions regarding the submissions guidelines to Dr Craig Moore at

WIC Breakfast

Join Chiropractor Paul Stacey-Thomas and guest speakers Communications Consultant Carla Stacey and Science & Technology of Australia CEO Misha Schubert  for a one hour breakfast while engaging with a discussion on Women in Leadership.

Topic:  Women in Leadership
Date:  24 October 2021
Time:  7:30am to 8:30am
Venue:  Hilton Adelaide, Private Dining Room, 233 Victoria Square, Adelaide
Cost:  $40.00

You can reserve your place when you register for the Conference.

Minimum numbers required to proceed.

Paula Stacey-Thomas

Paula Stacey-Thomas completed her Masters in Chiropractic in 1996 at the University of Adelaide. She has been a practicing chiropractor since that time and in 1998 opened her own first clinic. She served for number of years on the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia (CAA), including a term as State President.

In 2006 she was awarded national Chiropractor of the Year for her work as Program Manager National Healthy Spines Health promotion project. Paula has also been a Telstra Business Awards finalist on three occasions.

Carla Stacey

Carla Stacey has specialised in working with membership organisations and businesses that offer services and products of social value. She works to build the capacity and strengthen organisations to achieve their goals, communicate effectively to have a lasting impact.

She has the rare combination of market research, strategic planning, campaign delivery and operational experience.

Misha Schubert

Misha Schubert is a visiting Fellow at the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science at ANU. She is also the CEO of Science & Technology Australia – the nation’s peak body for the science and technology sectors.

Misha has also had a long and distinguished career as a journalist and public policy commentator. She has worked for major media outlets including The Australian, The Age, The Sunday Age, the ABC and commercial radio. Misha has a Master of Science (Journalism) from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts (Media) from RMIT. She is also a Vice-President of the National Press Club of Australia.

Conference Dinner

The social event of the year, the Association Dinner will be held at the incredible Adelaide Zoo.  Home to Australasia’s only Giant Panda pair, Wang Wang and Fu Ni, the Bamboo Forest Pavilion presents a unique opportunity for drinks amidst the stylish surrounds of this stunning enclosure and its beautiful inhabitants and then dinner at the Sanctuary.

With quality food and great entertainment, the Adelaide Zoo continues to impress guests the moment they step in to the space.

Experience it for yourself and join us on Saturday night, 23 October, 2021 for the Conference Dinner.  Dress will be black/white to blend in with the Pandas.

Date:  Saturday 23 October 2021
Time:  6.30pm
Venue:  Adelaide Zoo
Cost:  $110.00 per person

Tickets can be purchased when registering for the event.


This year’s conference will be held at the Hilton Adelaide overlooking Victoria Square, set in the heart of the city’s entertainment, shopping and dining precincts.

Accommodation has been secured at a discounted rate, which is exclusive to attendees of the ACA Conference. Be sure to book early to secure your negotiated room rates at the Hilton Adelaide and great surrounding hotels.

Click below to book your accommodation via the Conference Accommodation Portal.


Conference Accommodation Portal

Registration Costs

Register now and save with our early bird special, until 28 August 2021.

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