The CAI presented to the Joint Oireachtas Committee (JOC), on Health on Wednesday 25th April, 2018. The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health, is made up of all levels of politicians - Deputys/Senators.
The presenters were: Tony Accardi - President, James Cosgrave - Past President, Lyndsey O' Leary - X ray Officer, Olivia O' Leary Veal - X-Ray Committee and Richard Brown - Secretary General of the World Federation of Chiropractic, (WFC).
We were made aware one week prior to the meeting that the Department of Health, (DOH) and the Faculty of Radiologists would present directly after us. We tried to arrange for all of us to meet at the same time, but were not successful. This meant, that we could not dispute comments made by the two other parties.
Ahead of the 25th meeting, members of our association met with members of the JOC Committee, individually. All of the JOC committee members seemed favourabe towards us at these meetings, which proved very beneficial.
The structure of the meeting was that we were given an opportunity for an opening statement and then the committee members asked questions. The questions are asked in succession and recorded. When all questions were asked, (approximately 15), we then got an opportunity to answer them. The question and answer session went very well - we are confident that we handled the meeting very well. This was not only our impression but that of our Public Affairs Representative and Richard Brown. Dr. Brown did an excellent job presenting the international perspective. We covered all items that we planned on.
Dr. Tony Holohan, the Chief Medical Officer, (CMO) presented for the Department of Health, he admitted to the chair that he knew nothing about the training and education of Chirpractors, yet he advises the Minister for Health, in regard to the matter of Ionising Radiaton and Chiropractors. The Chiropractic Association of Ireland had forwarded documentation outlining the education, (including radiological) and training of Chiropractors, previous to this meeting. The CMO and the radiologists testified that they do not foresee any change to the present status, with regard to Chiropractors referring to private facilities for x-rays. Currently when a Chiropractor finds an x-ray necessary for a patient, a referral slip is sent to the radiologists; for approval. While this is far from an ideal situation, it has been working well. The bill needs to lists Chiropractors as referrers to ensure a timely diagnosis and treament plan for patients.
The Association would like to thank each of the members that presented to the JOC as well as Clive Dennis, committee member. Each has sacrificed many hours over the past 5 months, for this cause. Great thanks also goes to the European Chiropractic Union (ECU), for their support, advice and input over the past 5 months.
The CAI greatly appreciates the WFC for allocating the Secretary General, Dr. Richard Brown, as he dedicated his expertise and time to the CAI. He put a great deal of effort into this through: research, editing documents, advice and his testimony on the day of the meeting.
The meeting was televised and is avalable for viewing at the following website:
Copy and paste this link into you browser and skip forward to 2:54 for the CAI session.
Now that the meetings are over, the Joint Oireachtas Committee will review the testimony and decide if they are going to send a recommendation to the Government: e.g. include Chiropractors in the Ionising Radiation Bill. Then it is up to the Government, as to whether they will heed the comments of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health.
The CAI received an indication on 7th March that the Chiropractic Association of Ireland (CAI), will be given an opportunity to present at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health (JOC).
Three members of the CAI: Dr. Heather Tompson, Dr. James Cosgrave an Dr. Lyndsey O' Leary met with Dr. MIchael Harty, the Chair of the JOC. This was an informal meeting, but much was accomplished. Dr. Harty was open and receptive to our initiative. The meeting lasted nearly an hour. He assured them that the CAI would get a meeting with the JOC, but it may not be until end of April. He also mentioned that the members of the JOC appear very supportive of Chiropractors. Dr. Harty said they recommended to the Government that the Statutory Instrument, not be signed until after the meeting. He also mentioned that the Department of Health, (DOH), will be invited to the meeting as well.
The date for the CAI's appearance before the JOC, has now been set for the 25th April. The JOC did send a letter to the Department of Health (DOH), recommending that the Statutory Instrument should not be signed before the meeting.
The CAI appreciate the support of so many TD's; they have been excellent at asking Parliamentary Questions, unfortunately they all seem to get a similar response from the minister. All TD's are invited to the JOC, we do hope many will attend. Now would be a good time to make contact again with your local TD, to remind them that this campaign is ongoing.
The President of the CAI had sent another letter on 23rd February, to Minister Harris, asking for a meeting with him and Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Offcer at the Department of Health. A reply was received from the Minister's Private Secretary; it basically stated 'due to a full schedule, the Minister will not be able to meet with the CAI'.
While this is disappointing, it is not surprising and we have not given up hope. Obviously, Minister Harris has quite a few other issues to deal with presently, e.g. Referendum on Repealing the 8th Amendment.
We were initially going to supply the TD's with many more documents; however Depuy Harty has mentioned that TD's appreciate concise infomation. We are currently working on a plan for the JOC meeting. We wll be contacting the members of the JOC, thanking them for their support and supplying them with further information in advance of the meeting.
Dr. Tony Accardi, President CAI
The Chiropractic Association of Ireland (CAI) is encouraging people of all ages to “Straighten Up and Move” for World Spine Day this year. World Spine Day aims to raise awareness of spinal health and the global impact or spinal disorders. According to the World Health Organization, one in four adults is not active enough and over 80% of the adolescent population is not active enough. Research has demonstrated that poor posture and inactivity are major contributors to the development of back pain and other spinal disorders. Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work. In fact, back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. According to the Global Burden of Disease 2010, low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide.
When most people hear the word ‘Chiropractic’, they think back pain. And it’s true, Chiropractic is very effective at helping people with back pain, neck pain and a variety of other musculo-skeletal problems. What most people may not know, however, is that helping with back pain in just the tip of the iceberg of the benefits of chiropractic care.
With the Olympics in full swing, the Chiropractic Association of Ireland (CAI) would like to remind all members of the Irish public that they do not have to be sporting professionals to achieve peak performance and everyone can perform and live better through good spinal function, reducing pain, maintaining healthy posture and taking care of one’s health.
Today marks the start of the CAI's 7th annual Straighten Up Ireland (SUI) campaign. We are excited to once again bring this information to the Irish Public. SUI aims to educate people about the importance of looking after our spines and keeping them strong and flexible. Research shows that by prioritising a few minutes a day to exercise and moving your spine and body, you can expect to experience more flexibility, improved posture and less pain. This year our focus is slightly different with the 'Healthy Spine - Healthy Brain' theme.
The Chiropractic Association of Ireland (CAI) is once again supporting World Spine Day as part of their annual Straighten Up Ireland Week which began yesterday, Monday 12th of October and incorporates World Spine Day this Friday 16th October. This year’s theme is ‘Healthy Spine, Healthy Brain’ and aims to highlight the importance of a strong, flexible and balanced spine to keep brains healthy and enhance overall body function and quality of life.
The Chiropractic Association of Ireland had our annual conference on 27th and 28th June. It was an incredibly informative and inspiring conference. We welcomed Dr. Brad Glowaki, Dr. Patrick Gentempo and Dr. Heidi Haavik to present for Chiropractors and staff. One of our attendants, a chiropractic assistant new to the profession, shares what she learnt from the weekend.
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Have you been trying to get out between rain showers and gusts of wind to start the spring planting, cut the grass or make a start on that list of DIY projects?
Now that Spring is here, here are a few tips to make DIY safe, healthy and enjoyable. If you are the weekend warrior type please take note! Sitting at a desk all week and then charging out to attack the garden all in one go may not be the best approach! First of all you may be using muscles and joints and neural pathways that have barely moved all week and are not used to extended periods of activity. Second of all trying to do everything all at once may leave you exhausted, sore and fed up. Give these handy tips a try:
Straighten Up Ireland in Schools:
The CAI believes that a person is never too young to learn about good spinal healthcare. During Straighten Up Ireland week, Chiropractors from across the country, are visiting schools to demonstrate the SUI exercises and to give children tips on maintaining a healthy spine. Dr. Tammy Verlaan-Ross, from the CAI visited Loreto Primary School in Dublin to demonstrate the Straighten Up Ireland exercises and to educate the children on spinal health. This was filmed on Irish television’s RTE’s News2Day.
CAI President Dr. Siobhan Guiry talks With Maura Derrane on RTE's Today Show about the importance of good posture and spinal health
Straighten Up Ireland is all about raising awareness of the importance of good posture, movement and daily care of the spine.
Back problems are the second most common cause for GP visits second to the common cold. Back and neck pain is one of the most common causes for absences from work. Up to 80% of people will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives.
While Chiropractic care is very effective at helping people with back and neck problems, Chiropractors prefer to educate people to look after their spines to prevent the onset of these problems in the first place.
We are getting very excited about Straighten Up Ireland and World Spine Day, with Straighten Up Ireland running from 13th to 19th October and World Spine Day on Thursday 16th October. CAI members all over the country are offering members of the public the chance to learn more about looking after their spine and straightening up.
With children back at school, here are some tips to keeps their spines healthy.
Now that the World Cup has come to a close, the world is again inspired by those who push their bodies beyond the average limits of physical performance and endurance.
There is great excitement in Ireland at the moment with the Giro D'Italia finishing in Dublin on Sunday 11th May. For information on how Chiropractic can help cyclists and for some cycling tips, read our latest blog entry.
Easter weekend is a time for relaxation, time with friends and family at home or away. If you are travelling this Easter, here are some great tips from the Chiropractic Association Australia to help avoid any problems with your back and posture. The CAI wish you and your family all the best for the Easter holidays.
Christmas is a busy time of year with many extra things to do, extra demands on your time. Your body comes under extra stress and pressure. We have discussed what happens to the body during times of stress - it affects the nervous system. The nervous system is responsible for co-ordinating all function in your body. Who cares for the nervous system? Your Chiropractor does! Make sure you do not neglect your adjustments at this time of year - it will help you to have a Happy, Healthy Christmas and New Year - but please use the front door - not the chimney!!