June 27, 2008
ICA Pediatric Council's first Pediatrics Conference in Australia receives rave reviews
The first Pediatrics Conference and Research Symposium held recently in Australia, received excellent reviews from the delegates who attended. The conference was presented by the Pediatrics Council of the International Chiropractors Association and held at the Sheraton Mirage Resort in the Gold Coast, Queensland. The comments ranged from “outstanding” to “best conference I have ever attended in my 11 years of practice,” to “awesome.” The doctors also praised the speakers for providing a “feast of clinical information” which they said was “far superior” to anything they had experienced before.
The conference was co-sponsored by the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia (CAA), the Australian Spinal Research Foundation (ASRF) and the New Zealand College of Chiropractic (NZCC). Dr. Dennis Richards, president of CAA, Dr. David Cahill, president of ASRF and Dr. Valeria Pennacchio, vice president of NZCC, opened the proceedings with ICA Pediatrics Council Chair Dr. Lora Tanis. The presidents of the co-sponsoring organizations applauded the initiative of the ICA Council for presenting a conference focused just on chiropractic and pediatrics and for taking a leadership role in providing a forum for research discussion and presentation of papers.
The ICA Pediatrics Council is the only organization to date that has discussed pediatrics research in an open forum and given faculty and practitioners a platform to present papers by calling for papers. The Council was ably assisted in this research segment by Dr. Henry Pollard and Dr. Heidi Haavik-Taylor, research directors from Macquarie University and NZCC respectively, and AECC faculty member, Dr. Joyce Miller.
“It is encouraging to know we have a common goal and that is to pursue and encourage pediatrics research that is both “ethical and objective” said Dr. Joan Fallon who chaired the Research portion of the program. Selected papers were presented by field practitioners as well as faculty from Palmer College Davenport, Palmer College Florida and Macquarie University.
The conference included clinical lectures and technique sessions taught by Dr. Lora Tanis, Dr. Laura Hanson, Dr. Joyce Miller, Dr. Sharon Vallone, Dr. Joan Fallon and Dr. Lindsay Rowe. Doctors also heard about humanitarian projects for children in Australia and the US in which Pediatric Council Diplomates serve as volunteer leaders. To help these projects the Council raised nearly $5,000 with a live and silent auction. “We are very grateful to the Council for doing this, it will help us enormously,” said Navine Haworth, DC, DICCP a volunteer with RMIT’s humanitarian project for children at risk in Thailand.
One of the highlights of the weekend was the graduation of the first group of Pediatric Diplomates (DICCPs) in Australia/New Zealand. The new DICCPs were presented with their diplomas by Dr. Maxine McMullen, a native of New Zealand and now retired Professor of Pediatrics from Palmer College. Dr. McMullen reminded the graduates that receiving the DICCP credential was not the culmination of their work and dreams but just the beginning.
“We are very pleased with the feedback we’ve been getting from the Australian doctors,” said ICA Pediatrics Council Chair Dr. Lora Tanis. “We teach as a team and coordinate with one another so there is continuity in the lectures and the information presented. This is a somewhat novel way of teaching at a conference, but it works for us and it obviously worked in Australia. We thank the CAA, the ASRF and NZCC for supporting our first symposium in Australia and hope we will be able to work together again in the future.”
The ICA Pediatrics Council’s Annual Super Conference, one of chiropractic’s premier educational events, is scheduled for the Bahamas, December 12-14, 2008. This year the Conference will be held in conjunction with the ICA/Facts International Symposium on the Science, Art and Philosophy of Chiropractic, so attendees will actually get the benefit of two conferences for the price of one. For more information on the Bahamas conference the picture on the home page.