A Criticism of “Credibility and the Need for Source Criticism”

ELEPHANT:  Hi Roley, Hi Craig.  Thanks for joining us to clarify the facts regarding your organisation.  I recently read a piece in your newsletter entitled, “Credibility and the Need for Source Criticism,” which addressed myths regarding the Australian Spinal Research Foundation.  Could you clarify what that was about?

ROLEY: Sure thing, Elephant.  A few rascals have been spreading uncertainty about our organisation.  They had the nerve to question our funding model!  Pesky kids.  We wanted a chance to spin the tale in our favour and create certainty, our marketing plan hinges on it!  Chiropractic research money is for everyone, not just researchers, and the ASRF is an organisation for everyone to donate to by clicking here.  We want the world to know that as chiropractors, we think differently about life, human potential and certain facts.

CRAIG: Yeah.  We have a saying that we throw around the office: Some have facts, some have marketing, and for everything else in life there’s mastercard.  And I might add that our marketing department is one of the highest paid, most elaborate in the country.

ELEPHANT: Wow, that sounds like quite the propaganda machine.  I hear you have robots producing the marketing?  Any truth to that?

CRAIG: Shit yeah!

ROLEY: Craig, please, let me do the talking.  Yes. We have robots.

ELEPHANT: Did they come up with this one? 

CRAIG: Actually, that was my idea.  Originally, I’d put it to the board as a high profile research project.  I was hoping to explore how chiropractic helps us integrate modern technology, represented by the chainsaw, with cognitive skills that we use in everyday life, represented by juggling knives.  The clown juggling the knives and chainsaws in the video represents me.  I wanted to investigate how the adjustment might affect a concept you probably never even heard of: neuroplasticity.

ELEPHANT: Will that study be pursued?

ROLEY: No.  It was a contentious issue.  In fact, we lost a few board members over that one.

ELEPHANT: Did some of the board think it was not clinically relevant?

CRAIG: No, some of the board were killed.  The chainsaw ricocheted pretty bad around the room after I dropped it, juggling.  Sheared one guy’s head clean off.  Complete bloodbath.  I learned from it though.  We all learned from it.  I was out of place standing  atop of the board room table and juggling, pretending to be a clown.    I’d just been adjusted, as we all are prior to board meetings, and I was feeling particularly confident, despite not knowing a thing about juggling…but just because I don’t know a thing about a subject, it’s never stopped me from pretending to be an expert… and, in my defence, we were able to use the chainsaw scene as a lesson for marketing our sister project, Dynamic Growth.  And, as for personal growth, I’ll stop trying to be such a clown.

ROLEY: Yes, the spin on that one really was my idea.

CRAIG: Yes, thank God for Rolesy here.  We were all like screaming and freaking out, and where some of us saw a lawsuit, Rolesy saw an opportunity.

ELEPHANT: Oh, yes, moving along.  Dynamic Growth!  That really does seem like an elaborate event with some high profile speakers.  Some might question why you are for claiming to raise money for the spinal research while spending so much on elaborate parties, flying celebrities around the world.  Many of these celebrities are big personalities with little to no contribution to any research capacity here in Australia.  In fact, in the past 20 years, you’ve not really built any research capacity in this country.  What do you say to that?

CRAIG: Why you little…

ROLEY: Craig, remember, I’ll handle the tough ones.  Now Elephant.  Might I ask you a question?  You ever heard of Bono, Elephant?  Well, DG is more than just a researcher’s convention.  DG is a symposium that will be the host of Bono! Some of us would say that the profession is better off with Bono saying good things about us in the media.  These investments come at a cost.

ELEPHANT: Is that true?

ROLEY: I never lie, that is absolutely true.

ELEPHANT: Are you lying now?

CRAIG: (Nods Yes)

ROLEY: Absolutely not.

CRAIG: (Nods No)

ELEPHANT: Wow. That’s amazing.  I still don’t see how Bono has anything to do with spinal research, but it’s great that you’re getting him out here anyway.

CRAIG: Well, he gets adjusted, so, you know.

ELEPHANT: Well, might I ask, do you think it’s appropriate to lead the profession in Australia to believe that you’re doing research, lead them to believe that you’re funding serious, high quality research that supports the Australian research capacity, working systematically towards building our case for continued inclusion in health schemes for government bureaucrats to justify our existence, when you spend it so frivolously on parties, and invest only the left over, modest profit on research with an agenda that is somewhat duplicitous?

CRAIG: Bono has a monkey.  We’re gonna adjust his monkey.

ROLEY: Dammit Craig, let me answer the hard questions.  Forgive me, Elephant.  To your point, a lot of money went into an amazing accountant and tax lawyer we work with who found us that loophole.  And, furthermore, what Craig meant to say is that right now, we are working on a very fascinating study involving not only Bono’s monkey, but over 100 monkeys.

ELEPHANT: 100 monkeys?  Is that really your plan?

ROLEY: It’s not just my plan, its the plan of the entire ASRF team.  This is the future of Spinal Research.

ELEPHANT: I keep seeing comments from chiropractors on social media that leads me to believe they don’t really understand your funding model, but they are happy to contribute towards it because the title sounds like it’s a good thing to support.  More research, Faster!  It’s sort of sounds like science, but faster.  And without the rigour involved.  But, after all is said and done, I have to hand it to you.  The Australian Spinal Research Foundation is a great name!  It’s actually tricked people into believing you are doing something worthwhile!  One chiropractor believes this so fervently that they stated they are going to fast for the entire year, and put all of the money that they would have spent on food, towards the Australian Spinal Research Foundation so that it can create more research to show what chiropractors do to be so effective.  Do you have any problem with that, when the money will actually be spent on Bono and his monkey?

ROLEY: That is really commendable.  This profession is filled with such great, passionate people.  I’m honoured to be around it.  But I’m really looking forward to Bono.  Also, it just goes to show how having the right tax lawyer and accounting agency can really work in your favour.

ELEPHANT: What about spinal screenings?  You have encouraged the public to fund the ASRF, and donate towards its cause, by having chiropractors raise money at Spinal Screenings in the name of “Spinal Research” .  Some might already suggest that spinal screenings are somewhat questionable in their nature.  Do you have any problem with chiropractors, who might be a little unclear about the funding model that you use to fund so little research…do you have any problem with chiropractors deceiving the public this way at spinal screenings, and getting the public to pay money towards “Spinal Research” when its actually going towards expenses, like taxation accountants and Bono?

CRAIG: Don’t forget the monkey research.

ROLEY: GOD DAMNIT CRAIG.  Time out corner, now!  You see, Elephant, “deceiving” is such an ugly word, really.  I’ve eliminated it from my vocabulary.  All of us at the ASRF have eliminated it from our everyday speech…in fact, we have a little jar in the office, and any word like fraud, deceiving, misrepresenting…and a whole slew of other words including “diagnosis”…any time they are spoken, you have to put money into the jar.  And all funds from the jar go towards the ASRF, minus a transfer fee that goes towards administration costs and office expenses, such as Ice Cream Sundaes.  Therefore, I’m not able to answer your question, but I might point out that we are funding some of the most exciting work in the chiropractic field to date.  Have you read Heidi’s latest work?

ELEPHANT: Ah, The Changes in H-Reflex and V-Wave following SMT paper.  Yes, I have.  I have to say, she is very clever.  Her writing though, it’s so narrowly focused on neuroscience and specialised scientific jargon.  I found it a little cumbersome to critique and interpret for clinical use, myself.   There just seems to be a lot that could be misunderstood here.  Did anyone at the ASRF read it?

CRAIG: I like her picture book!

ELEPHANT: But did you read the paper, Craig.  H-Reflex and V Wave?

ROLEY: Our board employs others to read this type of work and interpret it for us as part of our expenses, Elephant.  That’s clear as day on our website.

ELEPHANT: Is that what the robots do?

ROLEY: That’s one of their functions, yes, they are very sophisticated robots.

ELEPHANT: How do you know that the research supports your cause?

CRAIG:  Actually, I have it on quite good authority that this work supports what all chiropractors do.  We now know that removing subluxations makes you stronger.  And we only fund research which we know ahead of time will show positive findings towards our objectives.  Otherwise, bye-bye funding!

ELEPHANT:  Wow, that would leave some to think there is a little bit of bias in the studies that you fund.  Not to mention that instead of investing in Australian PhDs to do this work and build towards something meaningful, that could further thing in a team environment, you’re building a cult of personality around a single author.  But Back to my point, if you didn’t read the paper yourself, how do you know how to interpret it?

ROLEY: That’s preposterous.  And to your second point…

CRAIG: (Reaches out, grabs phone, “Hi Heidi…Craigy here.  Great, Heidi, kids are fine thanks.  How’s hubby?  Good, Good.  Heidi, babe, could you do me one favour?  No…ah…not that haha, perhaps I’ll take you up on that at DG.  It’s another type of favour.  You know that paper you wrote up about Subluxations and whatever.  Yeah, the recent one with the waves and reflexes and superpowers and strength of 10 men.  Could you do me a favour and give me a sound bite, or explain what it might mean, or write up a few sentences?  There’s an elephant here who has the audacity to question if the average chiropractor would be able to interpret this shit.  He claims that chiropractors might misinterpret the findings to justify overservicing.  Great, Doll.  God Damn right I’ll see you at DG!”

Heidi says:

“CHIROPRACTIC CARE MAY BOOST STRENGTH… MUSCLE FUNCTION, AND PREVENT FATIGUE…

New research into the effects of chiropractic care suggests that it may have an important role to play in maximising sporting performance and aid recovery from a range of conditions where muscle function has been compromised.
The New Zealand College of Chiropractic’s Centre for Chiropractic Research has recently published a study in the journal Experiment Brain Research which demonstrates that following a full spine chiropractic adjustment session there was an increase in the subjects’ ability to contract one of their leg muscles.
The study shows an increase in muscle electrical activity readings of almost 60% and a 16% increase in absolute force measures. There was also a 45% increase in the ‘drive’ from the brain to the muscle (the degree to which the brain can activate that particular muscle) and a small, but significant, shift in the H reflex curve (a neurophysiological measure of spinal cord excitability).
Dr Heidi Haavik, chiropractor and Director of Research at the NZCC says: `Chiropractic care improves the communication between the brain and body and results in better control of the core muscles during body movements, so that your spine is at less risk of injury. And this particular study suggests that a single session of chiropractic care improved leg muscle activation and increase muscle contractions equivalent to findings following three weeks of strength training. This line of research also suggests chiropractic care may possibly reduce muscle fatigue developing during strong contractions’

ELEPHANT: What’s an H-Reflex and A V-Wave, Craig?  How does this help justify keeping Chiropractic in the funding scheme for private health insurances, now that the government is happy to cut other, less evidence based modalities?

CRAIG: Heidi, what’s an H-Reflex and a V-Wave?  Ah huh, ah huh.  It’s the future of research.  Monkeys.  Yes.  Robots. got ’em.  Pixies. Gotcha.  Clear as.  Let me give you the phone to him. Elephant, I might just let the two of you discuss…Heidi will explain all of that for you.  She knows, literally, like everystuff…  Heidi, before I give the phone to the elephant, quick question.  Another favour to ask.   Do you know Bono?  That’s right, U2. Bono.   The Bono.  Was just wondering if you know him? No. Er.  Ah.  You must know somebody who might know anybody who knows him?  We were hoping to get him along to the next DG, it’s gonna be big.  We are going to turn the volume up.  And we want Bono there with his monkey.  It’s time to take things to the next level.  This DG goes up to 11.”

The Lying, The Witch and the Board Woes

The CAASA, in all its clandestine scheming, is willing to gamble millions of your chiropractic dollars into a chiropractic curriculum similar to the failed Barcelona Chiropractic College.  They put their faith in this person who has odd beliefs about chiropractors being Shamen and Shawomen.  This model of college he helped found has been critiqued by gatekeepers as being, “Non-evidenced based approach throughout the curriculum in patient assessment and management, which is not aligned to the biopsychosocial model and patient-centred care.”

But what might that mean?  What is the context?

Curious about the background, I found it very helpful to listen to a few of the founders/investors in the BCC.  I thought it might be interesting to really get to know them as people.  After all, they have been accused of taking five years of time and a substantial financial investment from students, promising them them chiropractic wings, lying to them about their chiropractic futures…taking their fledglings to the a literal cliff edge and yelling, “Jump.”  We might want to get some sort of context to find out their background.  Have a listen.

The Witchdoctor

Lynne, Wife of the Shaman

Marc Hudson is a self proclaimed Shaman, chiropractic coach and ingenious gentleman fundraiser of Barcelona.  Really, he’s a salesman.  He’s a little loose with facts, they really only become helpful if he’s pumping out a message, and, then, they can be altered to suit his agenda.  They are fluid.  It’s just like time, which he teaches us how to bend.

“There is an energy in all of existence.  We vitalistic chiropractors work with that energy.  My definition of chiropractic is that we are Shamen or Shawomen in the 21st century who have to wear the costume of modern health professionals.  Our job is to interject an energy into a living being and have that energy taken in by that person.  Specifically, it is non-therapeutic, non-diagnostic.”

He likes to sell things that, “certainly, are not scientific.”

According to his propaganda, he has been averaging 175 patients a day for 19 years.  He’s also on claimed to be averaging 150 patients a day.  Of course, now he’s seeing fewer than that.  I suspect he’s also claimed to see many more than that, and probably sees far fewer than that.  He’s a master communicator after all.

Really, he is a propagandist and a liar.

He likes to belittle other chiropractors who treat patients and take an appropriate history.  To him, this is, “Some other conversation,” an inefficient system.  He does not speak to patients, and belittles chiropractors who take an appropriate history.  He is unsafe because he fervently believes, “The public does not want to speak to you.”

As for recording notes, these are also frivolous.  An efficient business person can help you do this in under a minute.

All patients have to undergo an “education” seminar before they can begin treatment.  Essentially, the public have to undergo brainwashing, or be susceptible to brain washing, prior to chiropractic care.  But hey, if they don’t like it they can always leave.  Usually, though, Marc can sell them on care though.  And he’s willing to coach you through the very same process for the low, low investment of only 335 Euros.

Here, after BCC failed to meet the basic educational standards for it’s students to graduate, you can see the propaganda in action.  In an ironic statement on facebook, he tells those he’s misled to just hang in there a little longer.  Keep trusting.  Keep persistent.  For only a little more money that you invest in Marc’s propaganda…you’ll get there.

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If an allusion to WWI is to be made, I liken it more to the propaganda machines than the soldiers dying.

He and his team member, who is also his wife, are certain in their beliefs, and believe their own propaganda.  Or, if they don’t believe their propaganda, they certainly know that their propaganda works, and know how to keep it in circulation.  They also belittle vaccination, medication and the medical system.  Team member Lynne, his wife, helps him run seminars that they proudly proclaim are certainly not scientific.

Lynne tells chiropractors not to marry, date, have children with or get involved with potential love affairs if that chiropractor believes in vaccination, or antibiotic treatment for children.  She tells people that a fever of 103 degrees in a child is a good thing, because that fever will kill the the infection.   What does the Mayo Clinic think of this?  Well, unfortunately a fever of 103 degrees in a child might successfully kill the baby along with the virus, so it recommends seeking medical help.

What is so obvious from this group is that they are master propagandists.  They claim the opposite, they claim others are propagandists.  Furthermore, their actions are inconsistent with their words.  They create a smoke and mirror illusion, where they create real belief where there is only emptiness and illusion.  Master salespeople, master propagandists.

So, for them, I might leave another link to a page about another, more relevant killer emanating from Spain around the time of WWI.  The “Spanish Flu” killed more people than WWI than did the war itself.  Incidentally, modern medicine would be our best defence against something similar, a would develop a vaccination if a similar infection were to arise today.  Of course, Stanford University and The Center for Disease control might just be giant propaganda machines, I suppose you will have to judge the results for yourself.  If you think chiropractic is effective at treating such pandemics, go here.

For the record, most chiropractors in reality think any such claims are ridiculous.  I am one of them.  I am a healthcare team member, and a voice who is not represented by the Chiropractic Association of Australia, its board members, or their appalling lack of a policy statement on vaccination.  This group should have nothing to do with education of chiropractors.

I am, however, a COCA member.  They have a policy in place that is beneficial for the education of chiropractors. They also have a vaccination policy in place that is consistent with the world health organization when it comes to vaccination, and view it as a public health measure that is highly successful.

 

Recent developments on Aldaraan

Commander Paul Bergamo: Hi Pat.  Does the EGM require a presentation of a funding model for a private college with the CAA National’s Cash Strapped position? Can the administrator of this page allow Marc Hudson access as he will elaborate on this response to a message I asked him.  “Barcelona College of Chiropractic required 2,500,000 USD. (And it was not enough.)  It took mostly a 3 year period.  The amount pledged was greater and could have been collected, but the support/admin was poor.  MOst was pledged in 3 one hour presentations.”

 emperor-palpatinePat Sim: Paul Bergamo at this point the college project requires an initial sum to cover key papers: an initial document outlining the feasability of the project as well as a business plan document that will outline the costs of the project (including funding models).  These documents will cost between $15-$25k each.  The college working party is requesting these funds from CAASA.  CAASA have agreed to the funding on the proviso that it’s membership approves.

Given the money accrued by the CAASA has come from chiropractors the college working party has not asked the profession directly at this point.  There will be a time when the profession will be asked to contribute and Marc’s expertise and experience will be a great help when that time comes.

jar-jar-the-real-reason-lucas-invented-jar-jar-binks-involves-ewoks Tony Croke: Wasn’t a consultant from Europe (Blue Orange (?) which helped establish Barcelona Chiropractic College) engaged by CAASA a couple of years ago to do this groundwork? What came of that?

 

emperor-palpatine Pat Sim: Tony, this is the culmination of that work.  Blue egg is the consultancy company involved.  They have helped BCC thru the final accreditation inspection.  And were involved throughout the creation of BCC.  Following blue egg’s last visit to Australia the college working party has been examining college models and preparing submissions for the CAASA.  Now that the next step is clear we arrive at this point: the project becomes public knowledge and the funding requests begin.

DarthVader083111 Billy Chow: Because at this present time Chiropractic education is under the arm of CAA National as one of their responsibilities it is imperative that we all think hard about who you vote into the positions of President Elect and the director positions. A board that has it’s ties and educational beliefs too entrenched in a University model will certainly hamper any chance of a private college.

 

The vitalists... Innocent BCC student:  Fellow ChiropracTORs, today marks a sad day for the future of Vitalistic Chiropractic in Europe. We students have just been informed that the European Council on Chiropractic Education (ECCE) has denied full accreditation status to the Barcelona College of Chiropractic (BCC). The reason is that they don’t see the BCC following an evidence based approach, having no alignment to the bio-psychosocial-model and a non-patient centred care (their words). They even recommended to reconsider the use of non-conventional terminology such as “practice member”.I personally see no evidence to the explanations given by the ECCE. There is no clear guidance on the ECCE standards to what “evidence based” is. The ECCE is stating that this is their final decision and the BCC could re-apply in 12 months time.  Students at the BCC of all years (including the past graduates) are devastated and evaluating their options. I personally see this as an attack against an evidenced-based but vitalistic approach of Chiropractic, an act of ruining a school that has been build by hard working individuals, and most importantly an act of ruining the future of several students at the BCC.

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starwars-helpmeobiwan All the TORs together: Help us Heidi Haavik.  You’re our only hope.

Adapted from Facebook…

Genius planning

 

Billy Chow comments

 

poor students

Jumbo, The anti vaccination elephant

I’m a chiropractor, but the Chiropractic Association of Australia does not represent me when it comes to the issue of vaccination.  The Chiropractic Association of Australia does not represent most chiropractors.  It has a low rate of participation.  In fact, its board members and high profile spokespeople frequently misrepresent and embarrass chiropractors, publicly and permanently in the media.  It took this blogger to finally protect the public from such embarrassing performances put on by an organisation which does not represent me.

Thanks, Hank.  And congratulations to you on the 2014 Skeptic of the Year.  You deserve it.  You were more effective than anyone in my profession for hunting down Jumbo.

And there is an awakening in the moderates.

Now, most sensible people might ask, “Why would chiropractors be speaking publicly on the subject of vaccines? Wouldn’t it more appropriate to hear from other, more qualified scientists who focus all of their education on that specific subject?  Meanwhile, we might keep a chiropractor’s focus on what they are well educated to do?”

That’s a sensible stance.  It’s also what COCA thinks.  COCA’s public policy on vaccinations can be found on their website.  This policy has been in place since September 5, 2011.

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What about the CAA’s public policy on vaccination, also on their website?Screenshot 2014-11-11 22.40.12

If we compare and contrast the two documents, the first, developed by COCA, suggests we are healthcare professionals.  We are team players with mature, thoughtful, considered policy consistent with the WHO and Australian Healthcare System.  This document suggests we are neuromuscular experts, someone who you can trust.  A sensible person might come up with such a statement.  You would want this type of expert on your team, so that they could treat back pain, which affects about 80% of the population.

The second “document” is written by the CAA, has 39 words, was presumably conceived on the back of a cocktail napkin and perhaps scribbled in crayon.   They did have the foresight to put a fancy, calligraphic picture on the policy though.  Shows conviction!

39 words and a fancy picture.  That’s not even one word for every embarrassing incident its board members have created in the media.  And incidents on a topic outside our scope of practice.  That’s fewer words than the number of individual healthcare organizations now irate because of the harm spread by our supposedly elected chiropractic representatives.  Each time a CAA board member speaks out against vaccination, another 100 conversations take place where rational chiropractors say to another allied healthcare professional, “Actually, I do believe in vaccines.  It’s ok to refer to me.”

Why is the CAA not able to clearly, boldly, and effectively implement a public policy that represents chiropractors as rational health care advocates?

The phrase, “Chiropractors do not provide vaccination services,” is a waste of 6 words.

“Chiropractors should encourage their patients to make informed health care decisions…” is not a position statement on vaccination.

We should be focused on our professional identity as spinal experts, and claiming our role as the practitioner of choice to refer back pain patients.  Chiropractors assess, diagnose and treat conditions of the spine and nmsk system. Defined by the World Federation of Chiropractic: A health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health. There is an emphasis on manual treatments including spinal adjustment and other joint and soft-tissue manipulation .

Yet instead of securing our position as non-surgical spinal care experts, we expend energy to fend off criticism about quack chiropractors.  These board members of CAA National and State, who promote conspiracy theories regarding vaccination, and promulgate anti vaccination sentiments, do not represent me.  They do not represent the vast majority of chiropractors.  They are creating a wedge between chiropractors, and other healthcare providers.  And Lawrence Tassell, your failure to carry out your promises is to blame for this mess.  For a moment, there was a bit of hope.  Or can you prove this post wrong?

I want someone who builds bridges of referrals for chiropractors representing me.  The CAA, clearly, is not capable of this role.

 

A hypothetical example of a no confidence vote that members could print and sign

Chiropractors Association of Australia

Suite 2, 36 Woodriff Street Penrith
NSW 2750

To the National Association Company Secretary or Chief Executive Officer,

After learning that CAA National Board member Billy Chow, along with CAA SA and National Board Member Patrick Sim, have been working behind the scenes on developing a non-university based private chiropractic college, I have lost confidence in the most recent CAA election.  This move will lower the standard of education here in Australia, one of the world’s pioneers in University based Chiropractic education.  These recently elected members did not campaign that this was their agenda when running for office, with many of the developments occurring behind the scenes without transparency.  We should be strengthening our position in current University settings, promoting cultural authority through research and higher degrees.  The effects of these members actions have a significant impact on the profession and should have been campaigned upon, debated amongst all stakeholders, as these issues affect the chiropractic profession nationally.  They will also have significant financial ramifications for the CAA, and any benefitting commercial parties.

According to the CAA constitution:

8.11(b) The Directors shall have specific fiduciary duties including, but not limited to:
(i) the duty to act honestly;
(ii) the duty to exercise due care and diligence;
(iii) the duty to avoid all conflicts of interest; and
(iv) the duty not to gain personally nor cause detriment to the National Association by improper use of their position or inside information.

I would like to call an extraordinary general meeting to be held in Sydney, with costs covered by the whole CAA membership.  I am a voting member in good standing with the CAA.

  • I motion that the recent CAA elections be considered null and void, and have a vote of no-confidence in the recently elected board of directors
  • I motion that new elections be held in a reasonable timeframe

Signed,

CAA member

CAA State and National Board Directors failed to disclose project for philosophical, non-university based, private college

Recently, elections took place in the Chiropractic Association of Australia.  This organisation does not represent me, but it regularly embarrases me by the actions its board members take. Regarding their plotting and scheming, it seems discussions outside of the public arena have been taking place in a clandestine setting for a few years now, with the aim to set up a favorable national board which will allow the establishment of a private chiropractic school in Australia using the CAA National’s funds.  An agenda to push through a new, non-university based program, with retrograde standards and a vitalistic dogma has secretly been developed in South Australia.  These State and National board members – with inside information- went on to enter the election in collusion with candidates who would seemingly benefit from the development of this private college.  No transparency whatsoever, no mention of this in the national campaign.  This was intentional.  They stacked the board.  A private educational institution outside of a public University is a big money issue, with external parties benefitting (Blue Egg), and high costs associated.  It will require funds, which the CAA aims to raid from the CAA National’s member’s bank account.  It’s also a retrograde step for our current University recognized degree system here in Australia.  It’s opposed by a large proportion of the profession, which is why it is very likely the issue was not campaigned on in the most recent election.  And, as a question… is a state board even allowed to float the idea of a new chiropractic school?  Or is this a mandate of the national association?

Two board members in particular, Billy Chow and Patrick Sim, have, in my opinion, breached the CAA constitution.

8.11(b) The Directors shall have specific fiduciary duties including, but not limited to:
(i) the duty to act honestly;
(ii) the duty to exercise due care and diligence;
(iii) the duty to avoid all conflicts of interest; and
(iv) the duty not to gain personally nor cause detriment to the National Association by improper use of their position or inside information.

On September 19, prior to the election, Patrick Sim from the CAASA was discussing within a small faction on an exclusive forum.

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This is pre election.

A discussion ensued, and CAA national board member Billy Chow comments:

Billy Chow comments

 

Several people were in favor of Billy’s scheme, including the soon to be elected National Board member DJ Malone, who thought it wise to like this comment.  I will point out that DJ Malone is now also a National Board Member of CAA.  So that’s Billy Chow, Patrick Sim, DJ Malone, all who were elected National Board Members in the recent campaign, all commenting on the importance of voting in a board receptive to a private college.  A commercial college worth many millions of dollars to establish.  This set up will delve into your CAA treasury, and they are about to ask the profession to fund this.

Furthermore, the college working party consists of CAASA members, as well as ASRF members.  Many comment here.

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There were clear communications between interested 3rd parties, National Board members, and State Board members of CAASA, as well as private chiropractors and consultancy firms and the ASRF.  I wonder who might be employed to run the private college, or would the CAASA also like to try their hand at education given that they are already overstepping their current roles?

But you would think an issue like this might be mentioned in a National Campaign.  Why wasn’t it?  Especially in an important campaign, with the National Convention being hosted in South Australia.  Surely they would bring such a controversial issue to the table…unless they had something to hide.  Clearly, this breaches several components of the constitution 8.11 (b).  Depending on who will benefit from the investment, too, I wonder what the rule of law says about such an act?

Following the election, Patrick Sim posted the following:

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This is the discussion which took place, where Pat Sim explains how all the pieces have come together, who all the players are, and how many hidden conflicts of interest there are for a project which might cost over $2,500,000 USD…

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Gees, sounds like Simon Floreani realizes this is a National issue, huh.  Is that him pointing out a board member acting outside his role in the state, or the national levels (i’m not sure which)?  Pat Sim certainly “liked” the comment.

How does the Chiropractic profession feel about this new development which it was not informed about?

Here are two posts, the first from a group with 1300 members; the second from a group with 1400 members.

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So there you go.  The profession has many who are against the idea.  But, with a little collusion, plotting, scheming, figuring out the sums…then getting the right, like-minded people on board to campaign for the CAA National Board…a few organized zealots can push a fringe agenda.

This campaign has many questions hanging over it, as Helen Alevaki was given support by some of the very members now benefitting from this agenda for the private college.  At least 3 of the now national CAA board members had this information, Billy Chow, Pat Sim and DJ Malone.  Why was it not campaigned upon?  Especially with the timing of the EGM in Adelaide coming up.

I think at least Billy Chow and Patrick Sim have clearly broken the CAA constitution.8.11(b) The Directors shall have specific fiduciary duties including, but not limited to:
(i) the duty to act honestly;
(ii) the duty to exercise due care and diligence;
(iii) the duty to avoid all conflicts of interest; and
(iv) the duty not to gain personally nor cause detriment to the National Association by improper use of their position or inside information.

Disillusioned by such underhanded politics, fewer and fewer members are joining the CAA.  It claims both 2600 and 2700 on the website (but it does not say how many are students).  There are 4845 registered chiros in Australia.  While those in the CAA would have you believe that being a member is important, it’s my opinion that being a CAA member condones unethical behavior such as this demonstrated in the most recent CAA elections.  It also gives this group more finances to corrupt as they think it sees fit.  In anycase, I suggest members consider a vote of “no-confidence” in the current CAA National board.

For me, our profession needs more evidence based research, more Phds working in university settings, developing cultural authority.  We need more to back up what we do well so that 3rd party stakeholders and government bodies can trust what we do is best, and safest, for the patients we all care so much about.  We need more research, not a philosophical college which will dilute our professional accreditation and education.

What we don’t need in our profession is anything headed by the following group:

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One alternative organization which has a research fund, and which represents our profession well, is COCA.  They regularly demonstrate ethical, responsible behavior.  Joining this organization, and contributing to its research fund, bolsters our position in University settings.  They also offer scholarships to Phd candidates, and accademica awards to the brightest students at Universities throughout Australia.

Welcome to the elephantarium, we hope you will enjoy the show

As a chiropractor in Australia, the Chiropractic Association of Australia does not represent me.  For many years, fringe views have grown within the CAA.  These views, including the harmful anti vaccination stance adopted by some of its leaders, publicly harm society and the good work done by many allied primary healthcare practitioners.  As a result of these extreme views, some of which place dogma ahead of science and personal belief ahead of public policy, fewer and fewer chiropractors are associating themselves with this organization.  It claims 2600 members…many of whom are students…and there are 4845 registered chiropractors in australia.  It is hardly a peak body.  Frustrated, chiropractors have either chosen to remain silent, dissociated themselves from the organization,  or felt disenfranchised and undirected.

The absence of action by the Chiropractic Board of Australia is appalling.  Outside voices have stepped in because my profession can not keep its own house in order.  In particular, the harm done by many CAA board members who are anti vaccination is both shameful and worthy of removal from the registrar.

With the aim of protecting modern Chiropractic, the purpose of this blog is to demonstrate there are evidence based chiropractors in Australia who are 1) Highly trained neuromuscular experts who serve the public’s interest in conservative diagnosis and treatment of spinal and nmsk disorders and 2) willing to expose those actions by individuals within the chiropractic profession which are not consistent with our scope of practice.

This action is a public health concern,  and my views for the progressive chiropractic profession are being voiced because I would like change to come from within the profession rather than from external voices.

As such, please be advised that the CAA does not represent me as a chiropractor and I am going after those elephants who claim to represent the profession I am part of, yet publicly embarrass us.  The only problem is that there are so many elephants in this room, where is one to start?

I will also be promoting a solution, as well as best practice and interprofessional cooperation.  For starters, here is an organization who represents my profession well. If in need of a therapist, I advise you to seek treatment from one of its members. www.coca.com.au