Invited Speakers

noelDr Noel Patterson
Noel is the father of sports chiropractic in Australia and one of the original pioneers of sports chiropractic worldwide. He was the founder and president of the Australian Sports Chiropractic Association and also the co-founder and president of FICS. He has lectured in over 30 countries on sports chiropractic and sporting injuries, and is the author of three books and numerous papers.

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Sunday Research Session

aronDr Aron Downie
Aron Downie is a chiropractor, health researcher and full-time lecturer at Macquarie University Department of Chiropractic and has been in continual practice for 23 years. He completed his Master of Philosophy in 2011 and is currently working towards a PhD at the University of Sydney Medical School. His research focus is on recovery from spinal pain and the reliability of screening tools to assist primary clinicians interpret the evidence for both screening of pathology and understanding of recovery for people with back pain.

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matt2Dr Matt Fernandez
Matt is a chiropractor and exercise physiologist practising within a multidisciplinary clinic in the Inner West of Sydney.  He was recently awarded his PhD titled: back pain, comorbidities and interventions for sciatica, culminating in a number of publications in international peer-reviewed journals from the University of Sydney.  He also lectures at the Department of Chiropractic, Macquarie University and has presented at numerous back pain conferences both nationally and internationally.

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tobiasDr Tobias Sundberg
Tobias is a senior researcher at the Research Group for Studies of Integrative Health Care, Department Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden and honorary research fellow at the Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ARCCIM), Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney, Australia. Dr Sundberg is a Swedish healthcare researcher with a clinical background in Swedish physiotherapy and manual therapy and European osteopathy.

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Chiropractors' HR Service

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



Risk Management & Professional Practice Panel

johnDr John Kelly
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. Since 1986 he has been a consultant on over 285 medico-legal matters and has lectured extensively throughout Australia and in New Zealand on risk management and related subjects since 2000.


CAAConf Nevena Brown Nevena Brown, Meridian Lawyers
Nevena hs more than 20 years’ 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 and property damage claims for public and product liability and professional indemnity matters.


CAAConf Christie Boucher Christie Boucher, Guild Insurance
Christie 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.