ACA maintains its robust commitment to support research, evidence-based practice and university-led education programs for our profession.

ACA is fully committed to securing the future of our university-based educational programs through an active involvement in the development of a research culture in the profession, developing academic and research career pathways and striving for unity (while recognising diversity) within the profession.

ACORN Project

The ACA established ACORN project is the first national, longitudinal and sustainable practice-based research network program focusing on chiropractic worldwide.


The ACA offers PhD/MRes scholarship funding for students currently enrolled (or are in the process of enrolling) in a PhD or MRes program at an Australian University.

Study Grant Scheme

The ACA National Study Grant Scheme is available to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people who are studying a chiropractic course at an Australian University.

The Giles Medal

The Giles Medal for Research Excellence has been established by the Australian Chiropractors Association as its most prestigious international award for scientific research.

BACE:C-A Study

Lead by Dr Katie de Luca at Macquarie University is the ACA funded research project Back Complaints in the Elders: Chiropractic – Australia (BACE:C-A).

CARL Program

The Chiropractic Academy of Research Leadership (CARL) program identifies, nurtures, and supports emerging young researchers whose research is relevant to chiropractic.