Chiro group distances itself from anti-vaxxers

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.

One thought on “Chiro group distances itself from anti-vaxxers”

  1. For the CAA to claim that they were only just made aware of the link on the AVN site to theirs is just plain dishonest. It has always been there, and the Internet Archive shows it there in 2012. The AVN President, as she was then, Meryl Dorey, was a guest lecturer at ASRF conferences and received high awards from them. Also attendees were awarded CPDs for attending her lectures.

    A survey we conducted a while ago found that roughly 2/3 of Australian chiropractors were anti-vaccination, and Prof Edzard Ernst and Simon Singh conducted a survey in the UK which found much the same figures. We found at one stage that around 700 Australian chiropractors were ‘professional members’ of the AVN, though I suspect that such is the stench surrounding the AVN that the number is lower today, with Dorey and the AVN having been reduced to irrelevance.

    This is more a case of rats deserting the sinking ship than some new-found ethics surfacing in the CAA.

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