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  Alphabetical index237 Annexed Reports  ACT Health Annual Report 2007–08 238 Chiropractors and Osteopaths Board Annual Report 2007–08 Requirement for report This report is provided in accordance with the  Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act 2004 and the Annual Report Directions 2007–2010. President’s report The ACT Chiropractors and Osteopaths Board has enjoyed another productive year administering the Health Professionals Act 2004—  registering new and returning practitioners, assessing the relatively few complaints made against practitioners, and continuing to monitor the general conduct of the chiropractic and osteopathic professions in the ACT. National registration The Board has been, and anticipates being, busy continuing to prepare for the transition to national registration. While the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) initially intended to implement national registration by 1 July 2008, a more realistic timeframe has been set at 1 July 2010. COAG has received input from professional organisations and existing registration boards, with chiropractors and osteopaths being represented by the Chiropractors Association of Australia (CAA), Australian Osteopathic Association (AOA), Council on Chiropractic Education Association (CCEA), Australasian Conference of Chiropractors Registration Boards (ACCRB) and Australasian Conference of Osteopaths Registration Boards (ACORB). The working party has now invited all registration boards to attend its forthcoming forum.  Standards statements The Board has once again spent a productive year developing new standards statements, as well as continuing to review and implement the current standards statements. The new standards statements are the Code of Conduct, Care Plans, Financial Plans, and X-rays. Council on Chiropractic Education Association Inc As the Board’s nominated member of CCEA, I have reported back to the Board on the CCEA’s work in accrediting chiropractic educational institutions in Australasia and assessing overseas trained chiropractors. The CCEA was incorporated on 27 February 2002. The membership includes representatives from chiropractic associations, teaching institutions, the public and all registration boards in Australia and New Zealand. The CCEA was formed to encompass the activities of two separate organisations within Australia, namely the Australasian Council on Chiropractic Education (ACCE) and the Joint Education Committee of Participating Registration Boards (JEC). The main functions of the CCEA are to: • undertake accreditations of Australasian Chiropractic Programs • assess overseas chiropractic qualications for migration and work visas • undertake competency assessments of chiropractors to ensure they are safe and competent to practise in Australia and New Zealand.Currently the Australasian accredited institutions are: • Macquarie University (Sydney, New South Wales)—Bachelor of Chiropractic/Master of Chiropractic; • Murdoch University (Murdoch, Western Australia)—Bachelor of Science (Chiropractic)/Bachelor of Chiropractic  Alphabetical index239 • RMIT University (Bundoora, Victoria)—Bachelor of Applied Science (Clinical Science)/Bachelor of Chiropractic Science • RMIT University (Bundoora, Victoria)—Bachelor of Applied Science (Complementary Medicine)/Master of Clinical Chiropractic • RMIT University (Japan)—Bachelor of Applied Science (Clinical Science)/Bachelor of Chiropractic Science • New Zealand College of Chiropractic—Bachelor of Chiropractic. The CCEA has been very productive, requiring additional policy development to reect the growing role of the CCEA as the number of chiropractic educational institutions within Australasia seeking accreditation increases. There has also been an increase in the number of overseas graduates requiring assessment for suitability to practise in Australia.  Australian Osteopathic Council The Board has contributed advice and support as requested by the newly formed Australian Osteopathic Council with the aim of having the osteopathic accreditation organisation operating smoothly in time for the changeover to national registration. Deputy President BJ Field has been appointed as the Board’s representative on the Council.  Annual Conferences of Chiropractic and Osteopathic Registration Boards The Board was represented by the Deputy Chair, BJ Field, on behalf of ACT osteopaths, the Board’s registrar, Kathleen Taylor, and me at the annual ACCRB and ACORB in Cairns. Representatives from Australian and New Zealand registration boards discussed issues pertaining to registration, with a particular focus this year on the challenges and opportunities posed by national registration. Deputy President’s Report It gives me great pleasure in reporting that there are currently forty registered osteopaths practising in the ACT. This number is the highest it has been and continues to progress with a continual growth in highly trained new graduates selecting the ACT as their home and place of practice. This denitely indicates a constant to strong growth rate of an important sector of allied health care in the ACT. Another year ticks over with nil complaints presented about osteopaths to the Board.The establishment of the Australian Osteopathic Council (AOC) has demanded extensive time in its initial set up and establishment of management. The ACT Board has been strongly involved since its conception and will continue after 31 July 2008 when the executive ofce of the AOC will be appointed. The AOC will work nationally for the accreditation of osteopathic courses in Australia, and provide assessment for international osteopathic applicants applying for Australian registration. The AOC will also consider recognition with UK trained osteopaths with consideration of global demands upon professionals. Function and goals of the Board The Board is responsible for administering the provisions of the Health Professionals Act 2004 (the Act). The Board registers suitably qualied chiropractors and osteopaths to enable them to practise in the ACT. The Board is also responsible for the consideration of complaints against registered chiropractors and osteopaths and general monitoring of the conduct of the profession in the ACT.Under the Health Professionals Act 2004 , the composition of the Board comprises a president, 2 elected members and 4 appointed members. The elected members must be a chiropractor (elected by chiropractors) and an osteopath (elected by osteopaths). One appointed member  ACT Health Annual Report 2007–08 240 must be a community representative. If the President is a chiropractor, one chiropractor and two osteopaths will be appointed or, if the President is an osteopath, one osteopath and two chiropractors.The Board is committed to the improvement and development of customer service and aims to continue to provide relevant, accurate, and timely advice and assistance to the public and practitioners on matters relevant to the professions. The Board aims to raise the prole of the Board for the benet of the professions and the public, through the provision of regular newsletters and by the establishment of a website. The Board The ACT Chiropractors and Osteopaths Board (the Board) is established by section 24 of the Health Professionals Act 2004 (the Act) . It is a body corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal, which has its powers prescribed by the Act. Membership of the Board President  Dr Michael Shobbrook Appointed Chiropractor Deputy President  Dr Benjamin Field Appointed Osteopath Members Dr Peter Garbutt Appointed Chiropractor Dr Belinda Libbis Appointed Osteopath Dr Donald McDowall Elected Chiropractor Dr Melissa Coulter Elected Osteopath Community Representative Mr Bruce Vincent Appointed Manager/Executive Ofcer  Mr Alan Skelton Registrar  Ms Kathleen Taylor Activities Meetings The Board met on four occasions during the year with urgent business being dealt with by the President, the Executive Ofcer and the Registrar and ratied by the Board. The Board meets on the 2nd Wednesday of every second month for approximately 2–3 hours. Website The Chiropractors and Osteopaths Board website has been upgraded and can be accessed through the ACT Government’s website at www.health.act.gov.au/healthregboards. Members of the profession and the public can access Standards Statements, annual reports, newsletters and application forms. Newsletter  The Board informs the professions of its activities via a newsletter that is distributed to all registered practitioners.  Alphabetical index241 Complaints/Inquiries The Board has a Complaints Ofcer who, in joint consultation with the Health Services Commissioner, investigates complaints and provides reports and recommendations to the Board. Registration  Year20042005200620072008 Chiropractors5153596057Osteopaths3536363840  Totals8689959897 Standards statements The Board’s standards statements reect the Board’s interpretation of the Health Professionals  Act 2004, and underpin the provisions of the legislation. These documents are used as a guide by both the public and the profession, and assist ACT chiropractors and osteopaths in maintaining high professional standards of service. The standards statements are notiable instruments and as such have the weight of law.The Board is committed to the continued revision and development of the standards statements in line with the changing nature of professional practice in the ACT and the emergence of new technologies. Members of the profession should familiarise themselves with the standard statements. 1— Standards of Practice for ACT Allied Health Professionals 2—Advertising 3—Code of Conduct4—Continuing Professional Development5—Professional Standards Panel6 —Visiting Chiropractors & Osteopaths7—Spinal Manipulation8—Competency & Recency of Practice Standards for Chiropractors and Osteopaths9—Care Plans10—Financial Plans11—X-Rays Conferences and seminars  Australasian Conferences of Chiropractors and Osteopaths Registration Boards The Board is pleased to report that it remains an active member of both the Australasian Conference of Chiropractors Registration Boards (ACCRB) and the Australasian Conference of Osteopaths Registration Boards (ACORB) and the Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia (CCEA).The President, Dr Michael Shobbrook, Deputy President, Dr BJ Field, and the Registrar, Kathleen Taylor, attended the annual ACCRB and ACORB conferences, in Cairns on 24 and 25 September 2007. Representatives from Australian and New Zealand registration boards discussed issues pertaining to registration, with a particular focus this year on the challenges and opportunities posed by national registration.
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