Chiropractic is 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 (World Federation of Chiropractic, 2001).
In Australia, Chiropractic is an allied health profession registered under the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Chiropractors are primary contact healthcare practitioners who use manual therapies and active care to treat and prevent dysfunction of the musculoskeletal system. Chiropractors consider the biopsychosocial aspects of musculoskeletal pain and work collaboratively with other healthcare providers in the promotion of health and optimum musculoskeletal function.
The Macquarie University Chiropractic program is a rigorous evidence-based program and educates students in the clinical, diagnostic and therapeutic skills required for registration as a chiropractor. The Master of Chiropractic program is an internationally recognised degree that strives to graduate enquiring, diligent and ethical clinicians and researchers who practice person-centred healthcare with a focus on the musculoskeletal system.
Research, evidence based practice and life-long learning is highly valued. The Department is committed to excellence and requires that students uphold high standards in clinical practice. Students are trained in contemporary healthcare environments that encourage and foster inter-professional cooperation.
The Department has a commitment to excellence in teaching and research, as well as service to the profession and the community. All members of academic staff are expected to make a contribution to the diverse functions within the Department and University. Teaching, administration, community service, clinical supervision and research are fundamental to the Department.
The degrees offered at Macquarie University in Chiropractic are accredited and internationally recognised. Professional accreditation under the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) requires the completion of an accredited 5-year chiropractic program conducted at a University within Australia, or the completion of an accredited program overseas that satisfies the requirements as set by The Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia Inc (CCEA).
Through Macquarie University the pathway to gain registration as a chiropractor in Australia and New Zealand is the successful completion of both the Bachelor of Chiropractic Science and the Master of Chiropractic (minimum of 5 years full time study) programs at our University.