Some people think that chiropractors study for a few weeks, learn how to "crack spines" and come out as health professionals. This could not be further from the truth. Chiropractors are required to adhere to strict and extensive educational requirements and standards to become registered health professionals in Australia.
Australian chiropractors are required to study for a minimum of five years in Chiropractic accredited universities. Currently the list includes
RMIT University (Melbourne) offers a Bachelor of Health Science (Chiropractic) 3 year undergraduate program, followed by a Master of Clinical Chiropractic 2 year post-graduate program.
Macquarie University (Sydney) has a three year Bachelor of Chiropractic Science which provides the basis for entry into a two year Master of Chiropractic. Students selected for entry then complete a 2 year Masters degree
Murdoch University (Perth) offers a five year Bachelor of Chiropractic.
Central Queensland University (Mackay) offers a 3 year Bachelor of Science (Chiropractic) and a 2 year Master of Chiropractic Science.
The undergraduate degree is a minimum three year full time degree which covers a range of orthopedic and chiropractic diagnostic and manipulative skills which is laid upon a foundation in biomedical science. It is a prescribed program which provides a strong scientific foundation in anatomy physiology, microbiology, histology and pathology.
The competitive post graduate program is a rigorous two year program that develops the concepts and techniques introduced in the undergraduate degree. This program includes coursework in neurology, orthopedics, nutrition, pathology, patient management, physical and neurological rehabilitation and manual medicine. In conjunction with this study, students are required to participate in a one year internship within one of Macquarie Universities Chiropractic Outpatient and Research Centres.
On completion of this program, graduates receive international recognition along with the assumption for full diagnostic responsibilities of a primary contact health practitioner. This is particularly important in regards to our clinic in Mudgee as we work extensively with other health professionals to ensure that the patient is at the centre of their care and gets the best outcome.