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About AICE


The Australasian Institute of Chiropractic Education (AICE) was established in 2019 by the Australian Chiropractors Association (ACA) to promote advanced clinical competence and knowledge transfer through the establishment of credentialed advanced learning pathways. We support our members and the profession by improving their skills and knowledge, facilitating research and developing policy and guidance.

Why ACA supports AICE

The ACA has identified the need for a structure that will provide the chiropractic profession with a consistent framework within which practitioners can be recognised for their advanced skills and knowledge in clinical interest areas such as Sports, Neurorehabilitation, Paediatrics, Wellbeing & Lifestyle, Pain etc. This framework will provide credentials that will be recognised within the chiropractic profession as well as by other health professions and the public.

Mission & Vision

Vision

More Australians utilise chiropractic care and achieve good health outcomes.

Mission

  • To enhance the competence of chiropractors implementing evidence informed best practice and research to improve outcomes for patients/consumers;
  • To improve the trust and confidence of the public in chiropractors;
  • To contribute to the evidence base in chiropractic care;
  • To foster the creation of high-quality evidence-based university educational programs for chiropractors to upskill their knowledge and practice;
  • To foster the creation of tailored, quality mentoring programs to promote best practice in the delivery of chiropractic care for the public;
  • Advocate for the recognition of appropriately qualified clinical practice groups in chiropractic;
  • Be the authority in post registration advanced learning in chiropractic care;
  • A key objective is to develop and maintain intra and inter professional content focusing on health, disease and therapy relevant to special interest chiropractors.

Strategic Plan

The AICE will utilise the established model of the Royal College of Chiropractors (UK) utilising an accreditation process based on the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) and the Australian College of Physiotherapy (ACP) model to inform accreditation of chiropractors seeking special interest recognition and accreditation of prior learning in Chiropractic.
 
The AICE will utilise a recognition of prior learning for special populations pathway similar to but modified from the successful model used by the APA. This credentialing pathway will be based on both academic and clinical pathways to ensure that the entity remains firmly grounded in clinical outcomes and available to all that choose to attain the standards.
 
It is important that existing chiropractic (university and profession-based learning) and non-chiropractic education  (other relevant university and profession-based learning in medical and allied health fields) is recognised as entry into the institute.
 
Competency development is a key to expand the confidence, scope and role of chiropractic in the Australian community. The profession has advanced to the degree that its diversity can now support an entity with advanced learning streams that is championed by the ACA in order to become more relevant to the Australian public. It is envisaged that this expansion of our professional reach will improve access to chiropractors by the public resulting in an improvement in the utilization of chiropractic services used by the Australian public.
 
AICE will have a General membership category for academically inclined chiropractors, and Clinical Practice Group (CPG) memberships for chiropractors interested in specific interest areas such as Sports, Neuroscience, Paediatrics and Pain.

Over the coming years our focus will be on: 

  • Promoting the highest possible clinical standards in Australasia by encouraging and facilitating postgraduate study and the process of advanced learning and credentialing;
  • Establish and maintain a benchmark for standards of practice in the community;
  • Demonstrate the professions genuine commitment to quality of care to external bodies;
  • Increasing the recognition of AICE recognised chiropractors within the public sphere and wider health profession.

Governance

AICE is governed by the Australian Chiropractors Association (ACA) and has constructed an Advisory Board to oversee the operations of AICE, the members of which are listed below:

AICE Advisory Board Members

  1. AICE Head - Adjunct Professor Henry Pollard
  2. ACA Board Representative - Mr Alex Malley
  3. A Chair from each Clinical Practice Group 

Clinical Practice Group Committees comprise of members at Fellow, Titled Member and Member levels. 
 

AICE Clinical Practice Group Committees

  1. Sports & Exercise 
    Chair - Dr Brad Immermann

    Vice Chair - Dr Natalie Sharp
    Education Officer - Dr Luke Nelson
    Communications Officer - Dr Lyndall Daley
    Events/Games Officer - Dr Teghan Butler
    Research Officer - Dr Adam Gavine

  2. Paediatrics
    Chair - Dr Helen Alevaki

    Dr Matthew Doyle
    Dr Alison Young
    Dr Julie Uren
    Dr Taylor Vagg

  3. Neurorehabilitation
    Chair - Dr Stephanos Kassabalis

    Vice Chair - Dr Tony Cassis 
    Education Officer - Dr Danielle Gregory
    Communications Officer - Dr Eric Hansen
    Research Officer - Dr Natessa Henville

  4. Wellbeing & Lifestyle Management
    Chair - Dr Peter McGlynn Chair

    Dr Carl Thistlethwayte
    Dr Peter McCann