Tuesday, 07 August 2018 23:00

Hotel Grand Chancellor

When it comes to staying in Hobart the only place to be is on the waterfront at Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart, featuring some of the best views in the city.

Overlooking the River Derwent and Constitution Dock, this Tasmanian hotel is just minutes away from popular attractions like, Salamanca Place, Battery Point and the Central Business District, but intimate enough to ensure a perfectly relaxing experience.

Enjoy the comfort, space and facilities of one of Hobart’s largest hotels. Work out in our state-of-the-art fitness centre or enjoy a rejuvenating swim in the heated indoor pool. Meet for drinks in The Atrium Lounge or reserve a table at the popular Restaurant Tasman, where magnificent harbour views meet contemporary cuisine.

Accommodation has been secured at a discounted rate, which is exclusive to attendees of the CAA Annual Conference. Be sure to book early to secure your negotiated room rates at Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart.

Mountainside Room
$230.00 per room, per night

Harbour View Room
$265.00 per room, per night


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Friday, 03 August 2018 03:38

Paul Haas

Session Title:

Innovations in taping to assist the ageing athlete and patient

Taping for patient improvements has been a tool of the health professional for many years. However the various taping tools have developed significantly over the years yet most practitioners having acknowledged or capitalised on these advancements and innovations. Taping for the ageing athlete and patient can assist in many sporting and chronic disease conditions with a key focus on ensuring complete movement and range of motion but with the capacity to decrease load, assist mobility, fluid dynamics and decrease pain. This session should not be missed.  All attendees will receive a roll of vesion 2 advance tape.



paul haasMr Paul Haas has been a sports physiotherapist for 18 years based out of Melbourne Victoria.  His earlier career was developing and managing the high performance elite gymnastics program for WAG Gym in Melbourne with a number of his female gymnasts representing Australia at the Olympic Games, Commonwealth and World Championships.

Paul spent a number of years as physiotherapist for the AFL TAC cup program for the Eastern Ranges. He has previously lectured around Australia on the assessment and management of hip/groin pain in the 00’s and developed a number of rehab programs commonly use in clinics today. He also lectured for the level 3 Sports Physio Masters Course at Latrobe University.

Paul owns Bounce Health Group and now heads up the clinical and research team at Strapit Sports Tape - an Australian Brand. He lectures all over the world on taping principles and applications and will present on innovations in taping and relevant applications for the ageing patient and population.

Friday, 03 August 2018 02:53

Risk Management Workshop Panelists

Risk Management Workshop Panelists

Workshop Title:

The Seniors Edition

This year's edition of the Risk Management session will focus on our senior patients, identifying the challenges and added clinical risks of managing this ever growing demographic within our community.

The session will be presented in a part lecture and part actual clinical case workshop mode offering delegates the opportunity to participate and learn from legal, risk and clinical experts as well as from each other. Recognising how to extract appropriate information from our more senior patients, tailoring an appropriate examination and ensuring that they understand our intentions in relation to consent, treatment and follow-up issues will be central to our discussion along with side issues such as recognising how aged patient's view our ads and websites.

Much Q&A and case discussion throughout the session.




Dr John Kelly
Expert witness and MC for the Panel
Dr Kelly is a 1978 graduate and past principal of the Sydney College of Chiropractic.  He has lectured for 25 years to undergraduate students in the subjects of neurology, chiropractic philosophy and practice management and he has been in continuous private practice for 36 years.  He was Student of the Year of his graduating class; the 1985 Chiropractor of the Year from his Alumni; the recipient of the Chiropractors' Association of Australia Chiropractic Excellence Award in 1998 and the Chiropractic Education Australia speaker of the year in 2000. 

Since 1986 he has been a consultant on over 285 medicolegal matters and has lectured extensively throughout Australia and in New Zealand on Risk Management and related subjects since 2000


Dr Taylor Harrison
Clinician Member for the Panel

taylor harrison photoDr Harrison is a man on a mission. He is dedicating his life to helping the over 60 population achieve the health they deserve.  He is a chiropractor, speaker, author, philanthropist and owner of the Active Seniors Health Centres, Australia’s largest and most successful seniors’ health centres. To date, he has helped over 5,000 seniors achieve greater health through these centres and his health workshops and his instructional online videos have now been viewed by over 500,000 people.  Taylor is driven to not only help the senior population, but encourage other health practitioners to focus on doing more for this group.


Ms Nevena Brown
Meridian Lawyers
CAAConf Nevena BrownNevena brings a common sense confidence to her work, and more than 20 year's experience as a health and insurance lawyer. Her experience with liability claims is enhanced from having worked as a senior solicitor at NZI/CGU Insurance Ltd for five years.  Throughout her career, Nevena has advised numerous major insurers on statutory schemes and defending personal injury & property damage claims for public & product liability & professional indemnity matters. Her experience with medical and allied health professional negligence claims began in 2000, when she advised Australia's leading medical defence organisation in connection with civil claims against its members.

Nevena was recognised in the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers for her expertise in Insurance Law.


Ms Christie Boucher
Guild Insurance
CAAConf Christie BoucherMs Boucher, client risk and development executive, Guild Insurance has over 15 years experience as an educator having started her career as a secondary school health and physical education teacher.  Over the past 10 years Christie’s career has been focused on developing risk management education resources and programs for various professionals. 

Christie has a keen interest in the role education can play in managing risk by raising awareness and changing behaviour.

Friday, 13 July 2018 01:31

Women in Chiropractic

Session Title:

Women Supporting and Uplifting Women

This session will be a powerful conversation around

   * common issues and themes affecting female practitioners
   * how we support each other professionally and personally to be our best versions

Women in Chiropractic is dedicated to creating community networks in the profession which has a significant impact on the wellbeing of those involved and the profession as a whole.




Dr Bettina Tornatora

bettinatornatoraImageDr Tornatora has been in practice for 20 years. During that time she has been an associate and a principal chiropractor with associates. Bettina has with her chiropractor husband Jim, practiced in country NSW, and the Northern Territory. Currently, they own a practice in inner Melbourne, where they have been for the last 10 years.

Bettina is passionate about chiropractic and its impact on greater health. She is particularly excited about communicating the chiropractic message and the ripple effect of doing that in an outstanding way.

Dr Tornatora's journey to chiropractic began as a client in country Victoria, where she grew up. Her parents and grandparents had been chiropractic clients, as were so many people she knew. In fact, it was many years later that she realized that chiropractic and its enormous benefits were not familiar to everyone.


Dr Paula Stacey-Thomas

Paula Stacey ThomasDr Stacey–Thomas is a 1997 Macquarie University graduate and for the last 20 years been the principal chiropractor and Managing Director of ‘The Chiropractic Domain’ clinics based in Adelaide and Mount Gambier. Paula has been an avid supporter of our Association, previously serving at a state branch level in PR, a former State president and currently as committee representative for WIC in SA.

Paula was awarded Chiropractor of the year in 2006 for her work on the CAA National Healthy Spines Health Promotion program. She has subsequently competed a Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion.


Tuesday, 10 July 2018 05:45

Professor Ian Harris

Session Title:

Failures and Success in Elderly Musculoskeletal Surgery

Learning Outcomes:

In his session, Professor Harris will talk about how to avoid recommending surgery in older patients unless there is high quality supporting evidence.


ProfIanHarrisImageProfessor Ian Harris is an orthopaedic surgeon and academic based in Liverpool, Sydney. He is Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at UNSW and has senior roles within the Australian Orthopaedic Association, the Agency for Clinical Innovation (NSW Health) and national arthroplasty and hip fracture registries. His research is clinical in nature, focussing on the effectiveness of surgery, incorporating systematic reviews, cohort studies and randomised trials.

He holds higher degrees in epidemiology and surgery and teaches surgery and epidemiology at undergraduate and post-graduate levels.

Belinda Reynolds, Valentina Musuruca and Dr Paul Bergamo

Session Title:

Nutritional Nuggets for Ageing Well

As we age, our body changes. Unfortunately, the function of the body starts to decline and many changes that accompany ageing can impair nutritional status. Among physiological changes, hormonal activity can alter body composition, immune system changes can raise the risk of infections, gut digestion and absorption can be less efficient and even tooth loss can limit food choices. Psychosocial factors like depression, financial changes like income loss and social changes such as isolation can alter the nutrition status of the elderly person.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Neuroscience assessment eg MMSE combined with other nutrition type assessments of the elderly
  • Ageing physiology - sarcopaenia, BDNF, oxidative stress, insulin resistance, neurotransmitter imbalance, neuroinflammation and mitochondrial  dysfunction
  • Foods – what fundamental dietary health plan helps with longevity
  • Bredesen Protocol – what is this about?
  • Nutritional Management and lifestyle changes to slow down neurodegeneration
  • Practical integration and applications to think about in chiropractic practice



BelindaReynoldsImageBelinda Reynolds BScNut&Diet(Hon)
Belinda trained as a Dietitian, and for the last fourteen years has been working for BioCeuticals, who manufacture and deliver high quality integrative medicines to healthcare practitioners,  She is currently the Education Manager for BioCeuticals and has lectured at the Australasian College of Natural Therapies (ACNT) and Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM), contributed nutrition-related articles to a variety of publications, and has been a guest speaker at a number of industry events.


valentinaMusurucaImageValentina Musuruca (MPharm, MPS)
Valentina trained as a Clinical Pharmacist and is currently National Field Manager for BioCeuticals. Valentina brings a wealth of knowledge, practical advice and understanding to be shared with health professionals of how to safely and accurately prescribe nutritional and herbal therapies alongside pharmaceuticals to better client health outcomes.


DrPaulBergamoDr Paul Bergamo B App Sc (Clin Sci); B C Sc (Chiro); Grad Dip Health Sci (Nutrition) DACNB
Dr Bergamo is a chiropractor with a Graduate Diploma of Nutrition from Deakin University and is Chair of the ACA Nutrition Interest Group. Paul has been the nutrition lecturer for nine years, teaching RMIT chiropractic students and is a current nutrition lecturer for CQU.

Friday, 29 June 2018 00:29

Professor Maria Fiatarone Singh

Session Title:

Prescribing exercise as medicine to treat frailty and chronic disease

Learning Outcomes:
This lecture will present a summary of the rationale and evidence base for the use of exercise as medicine for the specific prevention and treatment of frailty in old age as well as the major chronic diseases affecting older adults. Not all forms of exercise are equally beneficial for all conditions in this age group, and the general public health guidelines are not specific enough to provide an evidence-based, individualised prescription of exercise for older adults with chronic disease.

Frailty in particular is a complex, multidimensional syndrome for which we have no medication to combat either its onset or its progression towards functional dependency. However, certain elements of the exercise prescription are potent modulators of the expression and consequences of frailty, and should therefore be at the forefront of its management. Frailty is not a contraindication to robust exercise, but conversely, one of the most important reasons to prescribe it. Practical implementation suggestions for various health care and community settings will be provided.



ProfSinghProf Maria Fiatarone Singh, M.D., FRACP, a geriatrician, has held the inaugural John Sutton Chair of Exercise and Sport Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, and Professorship, Sydney Medical School since 1999.

Prof Singh's research, teaching and clinical career has focused on the integration of geriatric medicine, exercise, and nutrition to improve quality of life in older adults, and she is recognised internationally for this work spanning over three decades.

She has designed and carried out many clinical trials and longitudinal studies in Australia, the USA, Norway, and France, including large multi-centre trials of exercise and chronic disease prevention and treatment. Prof Singh has published extensively, having authored/edited three books and 350 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, position stands, and reviews, with an H-Index of 61.

Friday, 29 June 2018 00:06

Dr Tim Maggs

Session Titles:

1.  Cause and Cure for the Opioid Crisis

Learning Outcomes:

This session will cover what key factors that are causing the opioid crisis, how chiropractic can play a part in the solution and look at the atlas operating system.

2.  The Structural Fingerprint Exam

Learning Outcomes:

This session will look into the inclusion of a digital foot scan and x-rays in a biomechanical exam, what x-rays should be considered on every new patient and how to determine an anatomical short leg.

3.  More Accurate Diagnosis for More Accurate Tx

Learning Outcomes:

Dr Maggs will talk on 3 phases of musculoskeletal injury, how imaging plays a role in the diagnosis and why chiropractic is the leading choice for most musculoskeletal care.



DrTimMaggsImageDr Tim Maggs has been in practice for 40 years, and now specialises in the evaluation, care and treatment of the middle and high school athlete. He is currently the Director of Sports Biomechanics for Christian Brothers Academy in Albany, N.Y., and continues to educate the families at CBA about the importance of biomechanics with his Structural Management® Program.  Dr Maggs encourages all student/athletes to go through a Structural Fingerprint® Exam prior to each season to determine the biomechanical faults and consider proactive corrective measures.

Dr Maggs is also the developer of The Concerned Parents of Young Athletes™ Program, a program designed to raise the awareness of sports biomechanics. His website,, is now the national website for all chiropractors who wish to be part of The Concerned Parents of Young Athletes™ Providers Network, a Network designed to help chiropractors get into high schools and learn all of the protocols, marketing and knowledge needed to be the best in their communities. There is no charge for a chiropractor to join, they will be listed on the national website and provided a password to “The Library”, where all training and marketing information will be available.

Dr Maggs’ goal is for all middle and high school athletes in this country and abroad to receive a biomechanical exam prior to each season, and the key is to have qualified doctors available to provide these exams.


Tuesday, 29 May 2018 03:44

Mark Werman

Session Title:

The Top 10 Employmnet Legal Minefields of Chiropractic Practice

Join Mark Werman for this not-to-miss session to find out what to do to avoid the Top 10 Employment Legal Minefields of Chiropractic Practice. Mark, who heads-up the CAA Chiropractors’ HR Service, knows about HR issues in chiropractic practice and the problems that often arise. He’s been advising chiropractors on these issues for the past seven years – and during this time, he and his team of workplace relations advisers have been running the CAA Chiropractors’ HR Service.

The employment relationship is fraught with danger and for those practices who are unprepared and uninformed, is potentially one of the most litigious areas of running your practice. Sadly, chiropractors continue to be exposed to these employment legal minefields. Make sure that you are not one of those many practices who continue to be caught-out by attending this highly informative session. Well-known for his interesting and engaging presentations, Mark’s use of actual chiropractic case-studies, teaches you, in a most practical way, how to protect your practice from employment law risk.

Among the employment legal minefields to be addressed are:

  • Terminating employment for unsatisfactory performance and serious misconduct
  • The employee v contractor confusion
  • Workplace bullying risk
  • Sexual harassment & discrimination law exposure
  • Ineffective HR systems – including poor workplace policies, ineffective performance appraisal and out-of-date job descriptions

Save your practice from penalties, fines, damages and massive back-pay obligations – and save yourself from the enormous psychological trauma and stress caused by defending these claims by joining Mark Werman for this must-attend session.



Mark Werman Conf18After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Mark moved into the field of workplace relations and human resources over 25 years ago. In 1991 Mark was part of the establishment of the HR Consulting Division at BDO Chartered Accountants and Advisers and in 1992 Mark completed his Master of Commerce Degree in Human Resources (UNSW).

In 2002, Mark negotiated a management buyout of the division from BDO, becoming the Managing Director of Wentworth Human Resources.

As a result of an expansion in the range of client services and a recent re-branding initiative, Mark now heads up Wentworth Advantage and runs a team of human resources, industrial relations and business management specialists who provide quality, innovative solutions to a broad range of clients, in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Wentworth Advantage is the provider of the CAA HR Advisory Service.

Friday, 25 May 2018 03:08

Marvin Oka

Session Title:

The Power of Language for Healthy Ageing Part 1 & 2

Going far beyond the general function of communication, language is fundamental to how we create our stories of reality, and therefore what we perceive as possible and not possible in all aspects of our life, including our health.

Many Chiropractors, however, are not fully aware of their use of language and its impact (positive or negative) on their clients. Poor use of language, even if unintended, can cause clients to identify with their physical issues thereby hindering their progress with chiropractic care.

Learning Outcomes:
In this highly engaging and interactive session, chiropractors with learn how to use language as a powerful tool to empower their clients with positive attitudes, perspectives and beliefs about healthy ageing. With direct applications ranging from the initial consultation session with a client to their ongoing care sessions, mastery of language in all client communications is essential to enable the integration of mind, body and emotions for holistic health.



Marvin Oka 2Marvin Oka is an international consultant and speaker with corporate and government clients throughout Australia, New Zealand and Internationally.

Marvin is a certified NLP Master Trainer, certified Master Behavioural Modeller, and is a co-founder and Board of Director for the International NLP Trainer’s Association (INLPTA). With a longstanding interest in supporting the Chiropractic profession,

Marvin was a featured speaker at the LifeWest WAVE 2015 conference and at the Parker Seminars Gold Coast 2015 where he received rave reviews at both events.

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