The Chiropractors Association of Australia, the largest professional group for chiropractors in the country, has come down against the Australian Vaccination-sceptics Network for linking itself to the CAA.
It has also made the point that immunisation is “outside the scope of practice for chiropractors”. This is an interesting admission, as there are many members of the CAA who were (or still are) supporters of the anti-vaccination movement, and who readily give advice on vaccination, usually in the negative.
In a statement released today, the CAA says “It has come to our attention that the Australian Vaccination-sceptics Network contains a link to the CAA National website. We have requested that they remove this link to our website as a matter of urgency.
“The Chiropractors’ Association of Australia does not support the views promoted by the Australian Vaccination-sceptics Network.
“We have also informed them that the CAA has adopted the following policy on immunisation: The CAA supports the Australian government’s view that immunisation is an important health care initiative. It is outside the scope of practice for chiropractors. When considering immunisation, patients should consult with either their GP or Maternal and Child Health Nurse for further information.”
It goes on to say that “When providing chiropractic care to infants and young children, practitioners must have a good understanding of the principles of public health including disease prevention and health promotion.”
The practice of chiropractic treatment of infants and young children has been highly criticised by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Australian Skeptics, and others, with the Chiropractic Board of Australia, the group that oversees the profession, banning one chiropractor, Ian Rossborough, from treating infants and from performing spinal manipulative therapy on patients aged between two and six years. This followed outrage over a video Rossborough posted on YouTube showing him ‘cracking’ the spine of a newborn baby.