23 February 2022

Connecting Through Events in 2022

It has been a trying two years, with the postponement of our large-scale events that unite the membership and profession. The ACA has striven to host events online, to maintain a sense of normalcy, keep members engaged and informed, and feel connected and part of a community.   

However, there is no doubt that no matter how well an event can be run online, it doesn’t compare to the excitement and experience of attending events in person. Being able to attend in person allows our community of chiropractors to mingle, network and build deeper connections with fellow chiropractors in the same room, face to face.

Like every other association and organisation, the ACA has had to adapt and become agile with hosting events. It has been great to see such strong numbers tune in to our online events over the last two years, however, now is an exciting time, as we can go back to hosting great events in person, with confidence!

Professional Services Manager Glynis Grace says “We are off to a great start this year with a return to in person events. We are confident that we will be able to deliver these valuable networking events for the remainder of the year.

“It’s a great time to develop your CPD learning plan for the year. With our three major events, a number of seminars and regular webinars, ACA has plenty of CPD choices this year to assist you in meeting your learning goals.”

With in person events planned around the country for the year, we hope members will utilise the opportunities to engage in practical and exciting learning opportunities and reconnect with their colleagues. For more information on how to develop a CPD learning plan, visit members.chiro.org.au/cpd

These events have been planned with each state’s COVID-19 safety protocols in mind. Before registering for an event, please check your state or territory government website for information on current COVID-19 restrictions.

Connecting Kids Symposium

ACA and AICE Paediatrics present the annual Connecting Kids Symposium. To be held 18-19 March in Brisbane at Capri by Fraser, the event will also be a hybrid one – where members will have the opportunity to attend the event either in person or online. Online delegates can view sessions live and all delegates can view the recordings. The symposium runs from Friday afternoon to Saturday afternoon, and for those attending in person, there will be drinks and canapes after the final session.

The theme for the Connecting Kids Symposium is ‘Bumps, Birth, Babies and Beyond’ and will include renowned speakers, both local and international, in chiropractic paediatrics. Sessions will include information and material on various areas, including primitive reflexes as an indicator of neurodevelopment, childbirth as a rite of passage, plagiocephaly and much more!

Chair of AICE Paediatrics Dr Helen Alevaki says “We are so excited to be able to be presenting our conference to you live in person or online. For those who are able to attend, it will be lovely to connect with each other, have a laugh together and learn some interesting new content. I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.”

For more information and to register for the Connecting Kids Symposium, visit chiro.org.au/connectingkids

Patient Comms Circuit

Presented by sought after speaker Dr Martin Harvey, the Patient Comms Circuit is coming to a city near you. This event takes a deep dive into exploring how the right communication can transform your ability to provide the best patient care possible. Attendees will learn communication concepts and strategies based on engagement, patient-centred models, communication approaches to deal with difficult situations and much more! Delegates will also be provided with templates and questions to assist with their communication skills when interacting with patients.

With a successful first stop in Launceston, The Patient Comms Circuit will continue to stop at five cities around the country: Melbourne (6 March), Brisbane (3 April), Adelaide (1 May), Perth (14 May) and Sydney (5 June).

For more information and to register for the Patient Comms Circuit, visit chiro.org.au/commscircuit

Sports Chiropractic Symposium

One of the most exciting dates on the AICE Sports and Exercise calendar, the Sports Chiropractic Symposium will be held on 20-22 May at the Victoria Hotel in Melbourne. The symposium will offer attendees the absolute latest in sports chiropractic information and research. FICS (International Federation of Sports Chiropractic) will offer both upper and lower extremity courses using a hybrid method – combining both online theory and in person hands-on sessions.

Chair of AICE Sports & Exercise (President of Sports Chiro Australia) Dr Luke Nelson says “Sports Chiropractic Symposium 2022 has one of the best line-ups ever assembled! For those new to sports chiropractic, or looking to complete the FICS’ ICSC qualification, this is a seminar you do not want to miss! For the first and only time, we will be offering the newly updated hands-on module for both the upper AND lower limb. This would ordinarily take two years to cover, but we are combining it into three action packed days.”

ACA and AICE Sports and Exercise, in partnership with FICS this year, are offering both upper and lower extremity hands-on seminars over just three days. You can even complete your second additional ICSC module (upper or lower) for $400. The theory section will be completed via a live online forum one month prior to the delivery of the in-person sessions.

This theory section will be completed live via a live online forum one month prior to the delivery of the in-person sessions. The in-person sessions will comprise of the learning materials, active and interactive, which involve student’s hands-on skills.

Dr Nelson says that for the more ‘experienced’ chiropractor, they will feature a star-studded line-up in the master’s stream. Featuring some of the biggest names in sports medicine, the symposium will have a multidisciplinary line-up; featuring chiropractors, surgeons, sports doctors, dieticians, physiotherapists and strength and conditioning professionals “This is a perfect opportunity to learn from some of the best, and network with like-minded professionals & students!”

For more information and to register for the Sports Chiropractic Symposium, visit chiro.org.au/symposium

ACA Conference

As usual, the ACA Conference is the highlight event of the year for our members! Each year, we have a unique and specialist theme, as well as influential guest speakers and exciting exhibitions. This year’s ACA Conference will take place 22-23 October at the Hilton Hotel in Sydney.

ACA Board member and Chair of the CPD Committee Dr Billy Chow says “The CPD Committee have been super excited in developing and organising ACA Conference 2022. We understand the challenges and difficulties our members have faced over the past two years, and we want them to continue to experience a high calibre event as always from us. This year, we expect a great deal of interest from people wanting to finally experience an in person ACA Conference to catch up with friends, colleagues and to enjoy presentations live.”

Further information on the program, conference speakers and CPD will be coming soon.

WFC Biennial Congress 2023

Finally, the ACA is proud to be hosting the 17th World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) Biennial Congress, which will be held in the Gold Coast on 11-14 October 2023. It is expected that the 2023 congress will attract more than 1,000 delegates from Australia and around the world. This major international event will take place at the Gold Coast Convention Centre. We look forward to seeing all our members take advantage of the event being held on the Gold Coast!  

Other Events

This year, we have a myriad of topical seminars across the country. These events are a great way to connect and network with colleagues, whilst learning something new!

ACA looks forward to in person events this year and uniting the membership once again through the ideals of shared learning and experiences. For more information on all upcoming events, visit chiro.org.au/events