What Type of Education Do Chiropractors Get?

Today's chiropractor is a highly educated professional. Chiropractic training in Australia involves five year courses at Sydney's Macquarie University and Melbourne's RMIT University. Many Australian chiropractors received similar education in the US or Europe.

These courses are of similar length and depth as medical courses, but focus on promoting better health via better body function, rather than on medicines, drugs and surgery. Accordingly, chiropractic education involves a special emphasis on anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, biomechanics, X-ray, spinal adjusting techniques and related subjects. 

 This demanding curriculum prepares chiropractors to locate the Vertebral Subluxation Complex and help correct the resulting nervous system dysfunction.

A chiropractor's education never ends. After entering practice, most doctors complete continuing professional development courses and seminars to upgrade and improve their skills and to stay current on the latest scientific research.

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Chiropractors are primary healthcare professionals concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on the nervous system and general health.

Chiropractic can be studied at RMIT (Victoria); Macquarie University(New South Wales) and Murdoch University (Western Australia). There is also the New Zealand College of Chiropractic, in Auckland, NZ.
Information about study and course structure in chiropractic is available from these universities.

In Australia, chiropractic is generally a five-year degree, with opportunities for further study and postgraduate programmes. Some postgraduate programmes offered by RMIT include Animal Chiropractic; Chiropractic Paediatrics; Musculoskeletal Management and Sports Chiropractic.

Employment opportunities for new graduates are very healthy, with many finding positions directly after completing their course. Chiropractors can often have quite flexible career options, depending on how they would like to work: full time, part-time, locum (emergency work), sole practice or as part of a larger clinic, and there are plenty of opportunities in country areas or even overseas.

Chiropractic Students

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Like a Chiropractor to speak at your school?

Chiropractors are often asked to speak to students and staff about various issues revolving around their health, whether it be school bag safety, posture, spinal health, or as part of a vocational presentation. If you would like a Chiropractor to come to your school for such a talk, please contact CAAVIC and we can put you in touch with a Chiropractor to suit your specific needs/interest.


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