Media release: Tasmanian Chiropractors to Set Up Think Tank to Tackle Health Issues

Media release time: Sun 02 Jun 2013, 10:00a.m.

The Tasmanian branch of the Chiropractors Association of Australia (CAATAS) are meeting in Campbell Town this Sunday to set up a think tank to tackle health issues affecting Tasmanians.

46,000 Tasmanians are affected by back pain costing taxpayers up to $45million per annum. 80% of the Western population will experience disabling low back pain during their lives.

The think tank will aim to set up pathways to streamline collaboration with other health professionals and maximise cost efficiency.

Working in conjunction with Tasmanian Medicare Local, the think tank aims to utilise Tasmanian chiropractors knowledge of the neuromusculoskeletal conditions to decrease lost productivity, increase quality of life of back pain suffers and decrease the burden on the public health system.

Chiropractors are spinal health experts and are the only health professionals who study the neuromusculoskeletal system for five years, full time at university.

Chiropractic is safe, effective, affordable and mainstream.

Patients who seek care from a chiropractor for low back pain are more like to be satisfied with their care when compared to a medical doctor or other health practitioners according to an article in Spine[1].

A list of recommendations will be compiled to be presented to Tasmanian Health Minister Michelle O’Byrne and Shadow Minister Jeremy Rockliff.

What: Chiropractors set up think tank to tackle health issues

When: Sunday 2nd of June 10am – 4pm

Where: Zep’s Cafe, Campbelltown Tasmania

  1. Carey, T.S., Evans, A.T., Hadler, N.M., Lieberman, G., Kalsbeek, W.D., Jackman, A.M. et al. (1996). Acute severe low back pain: a population-based study of prevalence and care-seeking. Spine, 21, 339-344.