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From the Land of the Long White Cloud


July 20, 2010
By Maria DiDanieli

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In New Zealand, chiropractic has been a legally recognized profession
since 1960. But the incident that launched it into the world’s radar –
not to mention an honoured place within the profession – occurred in
1979.

In New Zealand, chiropractic has been a legally recognized profession since 1960. But the incident that launched it into the world’s radar – not to mention an honoured place within the profession – occurred in 1979. This was the year when a government-commissioned report called “Chiropractic in New Zealand” was published. The report was originally launched due to publicly driven petitions to have chiropractic funded like medicine under the health system and was supposed to have taken a few months to create. However, the project extended over two years, and resulted in the most in-depth analysis of the profession around the world in its time. The report has been credited with changing the perception of chiropractic around the world.

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The city of Auckland, in New Zealand, is home to the New Zealand College of Chiropractic.

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In 2009, the New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association had the pleasure of celebrating the 30-year anniversary since the publication of this landmark report, but this is not the country’s only accomplishment vis-a-vis the profession of chiropractic. New Zealand’s chiropractors are currently regulated by chiropractors practising in New Zealand and they are regulated by the New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association and the New Zealand Chiropractic Board. The New Zealand College of Chiropractic is a burgeoning educational institution that is working to add to add to the number of DCs in the country. Initially formed in 1994, the college eventually gained degree-granting status and, in 2002, was granted accreditation to bestow its current bachelor of chiropractic degree. The program is gaining recognition and attracting an increasing number of international students. As well, the college is excelling in the area of research with post-graduate investigators making significant strides in the global scientific community.  Finally, chiropractors from around the world have nestled their practices in various locations within this stunningly beautiful country.

MORE ABOUT THE NEW ZEALAND COLLEGE OF CHIROPRACTIC
Dr. Anatole Bogatski, international education marketer for the college, provides a more comprehensive description of its accomplishments and how these impact the profession in New Zealand and around the world:

“The New Zealand College of Chiropractic continues to go from strength to strength and 2010 is well on its way to being the most successful year yet. This year the College welcomed international students from seven countries including Canada. 2010 also sees the College expanding its new Campus to include a new upper cervical technique room and neurophysiology laboratory.”

“The College research department continues to grow. Led by Dr Heidi Haavik-Taylor, the focus is in neurophysiology and an understanding of the vertebral subluxation complex. The department had 10 research articles approved for publication in 2009, made 13 different research presentations at national and international conferences, won ten different prestigious research awards and was awarded three new major grants.

“Dr. Jenny Kruger, postdoctoral fellow working with the research team on a pregnant women pelvic floor function study, has also been recently singled out as one of New Zealand’s top young scientists. Dr. Kruger was awarded a Rutherford Foundation New Zealand Postdoctoral Fellowship by the Royal Society of New Zealand, one of only two such fellowships given each year.

“As the College looks out to the world, two things become clearer: the western world’s answer to health care will not be solved by increased spending on an all allopathic model, and we are seeing massive shifts towards complementary health. In New Zealand, chiropractic is leading this shift in terms of public utilization and research.”

“The very well known Dr. Bruce Lipton is a member of the College faculty, and recently wrote: ‘The New Zealand College of Chiropractic offers its students a wonderful blend of mind, body and spirit in a direct hands-on academic environment.’

Bogatski encourages prospective students to visit www.chiropractic.ac.nz for further information on the New Zealand College of Chiropractic.

THE FUTURE OF CHIROPRACTIC IN NEW ZEALAND
With the New Zealand College of Chiropractic turning out an increasing number of chiropractors and producing world-class research, and with the profession in that country working so adeptly to gather public attention while supporting the unique tenets of chiropractic, the future of the profession in that country looks as bright and strong as its natural beauty and hospitable population.

Dr. Brian Kelly, president of the New Zealand College of Chiropractic, says, “There has never been a better time to be a chiropractor – chiropractic is leading this wellness revolution in terms of public utilization, research and government recognition. The calling to serve our community at a time in history when the traditional health-care system is under enormous pressure has never been greater.”


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