For about 40 years, the RMIT University in Australia had a Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chiropractic), probably the first official course of its kind in Australia. “Get qualified with a chiropractic degree: a solid grounding in anatomy, physiology and pathology and practise at the RMIT Health Clinic” was how the RMIT advertised it. But now the website states this: “from 2023, this degree is no longer offered.”
The Australian Chiropractors Association (ACA) is appalled!!!
What is more, they claim that this decision was made without consultation with staff, students (Australian or international) or other relevant stakeholders such as the chiropractic professional bodies. A publicly funded university acting in this manner appears to fly in the face of the Albanese government’s positive philosophy around educational access, particularly for those in the regions.
What the ACA omits to mention is that the chiro-unit at the RMIT has a dismal research output and hardly ever tackled relevant research questions such as effectiveness and safety of spinal manipulations. The ACA have even posted a video
and believe a public institution that selectively closes a program which serves the public health interest and is economically viable, requires scrutiny. Given the role chiropractors play in serving the ageing population, together with the fact that low back pain is the number one disability worldwide, this decision is contrary to future community needs and industry demands.
The role chiros play in terms of public health, serving the elderly, alleviating back pain, reducing disability is close to zero. The fact that it is not nothing at all is due to the fact that, arguably, it is a detrimental role. As we have discussed ad nauseam on this blog:
- the main contribution of chiros to public health is that many of them advise AGAINST immunizations;
- a significant contribution by chiropractors to the health of the elderly is that they have put many of them in wheelchairs.
The ACA state that they believe an institution funded by government must be accountable to its stakeholders both within and without.
I suspect and hope that this is precisely the reason why they closed the course.
Well dome RMIT!