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Chiropractic Council of New South Wales Newsletter - March 2017

President's Message 

Welcome to the first edition of the Chiropractic Council’s newsletter for 2017.  

We aim to provide you with information about issues arising in the regulation of chiropractors working in NSW.

In this issue we discuss:
  • new infection control regulations that apply to chiropractors working in NSW
  • maintaining professional boundaries, and
  • risk management issues that arise in chiropractic care.  
Does your advertising and social media content comply?
You will be aware that the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) received a large amount of complaints about advertising and use of social media by registered chiropractors.  The content complained about included:
  • inappropriate claims of benefit for chiropractic treatment
  • antivaccination advice, and
  • care of unborn babies e.g. breech correction. 
I urge all NSW chiropractors to review the Chiropractic Board of Australia’s codes and guidelines to ensure that your advertising and social media activity complies with the Board's requirements. These are set out in the Board's: Complaints about the content you post online can also constitute a complaint about your conduct and may be referred to the Chiropractic Council and the Health Care Complaints Commission for management. The outcomes to these types of complaints can include:
  • formal written advice from the Council
  • counselling in person with Council members, or
  • in very serious cases, prosecution by AHPRA.
Council membership changes
I would like to thank Suzy Tay who has resigned as legal practitioner member of the Council. Suzy has provided her insights into the our work in her article, A View from the Outside. 

We have also welcomed our new legal member, Pamela Soon. We will tell you more about Pamela in the next issue. 

Contact us
If you have any questions about the articles in this newsletter, or any feedback, I encourage you to contact us:

Anthony Richards
President, Chiropractic Council of NSW

Complying with clinical record keeping guidelines

The Council is receiving a large number of complaints about the records of chiropractors that do not comply with the national guidelines.

These complaints invariably come from health funds and are detected in their “audits” of their customers. The Chiropractic Board of Australia’s national Guidelines for clinical record keeping for chiropractors set out the requirements for record keeping.


Tips for managing risk as a chiropractor 

The Council discusses contemporary risk management issues facing health practitioners, providing guidance on several areas of clinical practice that chiropractors should be mindful of.

New NSW infection control regulations for chiropractors

There is a new regulation that sets out the standards of infection control that apply to chiropractors working in NSW.

Maintaining professional boundaries

Complaints about boundary violations comprise a very small percentage of complaints that the Council receives about chiropractors. However, the repercussions for patient and chiropractor can be severe.

A view from the outside 

Outgoing legal member of the Chiropractic Council, Suzy Tay, reflects on her involvement with the Council over the past three years.
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Locked Bag 20
Haymarket, NSW 1238

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