History of the CAA
The CAA came into existence following an historic determination in
September 1990 by the then two national organisations, the Australian
Chiropractors’ Association and the United Chiropractors
Association of Australasia Ltd, to amalgamate. In establishing the
structure of the new professional body, the leaders of the profession
have capitalised on the opportunity to totally reconsider the
infrastructure, the role and the functions of such a professional
Modernisation has greatly enhanced the organisation’s cost
efficiency and functional effectiveness. The ACA, the elder of the two
bodies, was founded in 1938 and the UCAA Ltd came into existence in
1961. Both organisations brought significant contributions of tradition
and experience to the CAA.
Undoubtedly, the merger has given rise to an enthusiastic new
vitality within the profession, particularly an increased focus on
influencing health policy within Australia and raising the profile of
chiropractic through public education and promotion.
Two tiers of organisational structure exist in the Association with
divisions of authority appropriately established between the Branch
and/or National levels. The National body is involved with such matters
as education, publications, conventions, international relations and the
dealing with federal government authorities. Membership matters, ethics
and representation to state government authorities constitute the
primary functions of the branches.
The National Board of up to ten members conducts the affairs of the
day to day management of the Association and generally meets five times
each year. The Council on Policy Development and Review meets annually
and develops, modifies and recommends policy for the Association. The
Association has a current membership of approximately 2,600 members.