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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 14 Hansard (9 December) . . Page.. 6188..


(2) The estimated total budget proposed by the ACT Branch of the Chiropractors Association of Australia (CAAACT) for a 12 week study was $163,125.

(3) Two quotes were received. In addition to undertaking a literature review, the successful submission proposed a methodology to mitigate any potential criticism of bias associated with any recommendations. Their submission included establishing a small internal reference group to assist with definition of terms, and ensure an understanding of the service provision frameworks surrounding chiropractor activity in public health systems. This group included several knowledgeable Australian chiropractors involved in academic and clinical leadership roles, and at least one internationally recognised chiropractic researcher.

(4) This information is commercial in-confidence.

(5) The CAHE review focused on spinal musculoskeletal conditions occurring in acute, subacute or chronic forms for low back pain and non-whiplash neck pain, and considered:

* What is the effectiveness of chiropractic treatment for spinal conditions?

* Is there a comparison between outcomes for chiropractors, doctors and physiotherapists?

(6) CAHE was not contracted to comment on the CAAACT proposal, it was contracted to undertake work that would assist ACT Government make an informed decision about the proposal.

(7) CAHE did not specifically comment on the CAAACT pilot proposal.

(8) The ACT Government did not stipulate any chiropractic qualifications for the individuals conducting the review. However, one of the research team had previously undertaken research in the field of chiropractics. In addition.the methodology used by CAHE was designed to ensure chiropractic input was provided via the internal reference group.

(9) (a) to (f) Two things have happened since the review which impacted upon the plan to establish a panel: Firstly, Health Workforce Australia has been established by the Council of Australian Governments to manage and oversee reforms to the Australian health workforce. Secondly, Recommendation 1 of the literature review raised a number of issues which would need to be addressed via some form of primary research before a pilot study could be considered. This advice was given to CAAACT and it was suggested that they approach Health Workforce Australia to assist them to address gaps.

(10) A copy of the Report is attached, as is the letter sent to the Vice President and Policy Officer of the CAAACT.

(A copy of the attachment is available at the Chamber Support Office).

Floriade—traffic lights (Question No 1213)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 28 October 2010:


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