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Tuesday, 02 July 2019 03:02

Vikki Kelly

Session Title

Bridging the Gap

Session Outline:

A step by step approach to advancing your people towards healthier (chiropractic centred) habits.  This includes front desk systems, proven communication frameworks and follow up processes to maximise engagement and retention and empower CA’s in a key component of their role - relationship management.    




VikkiKelly2Vikki Kelly offers over 20 years experience in mindset development and training. She juggles a variety of roles including being a mum of three fabulous children, a business owner, a friend, a director, a speaker and a lover of life experience.

Vikki understands ‘first hand’ how the demands of a busy life can affect our ability to thrive in any area. Her background in positive psychology including hypnotherapy, meditation and linguistics combined with her passion to benefit as many lives as possible through the power of more mindful living inspires her to create programs and presentations not only for personal mastery but also for the benefit of as many people as possible.



Tuesday, 02 July 2019 02:54

Bernie Ireland

Session Title

Best practice strategies for communication and synergy

Learning Outcomes

  • Create flow on the front desk from inside out
  • Become a more effective and efficient communicator
  • Enhance connection with clients to build your tribe




BernieIrelandBerni has an infectious zest for life! She is powered by her passion for chiropractic that has escalated over her 25 years plus as a chiropractic assistant. Berni, is a mentor, coach and trainer. The remarkable results that Berni achieves for her clients come from her “good friend by your side approach”.  In other words, her advice is easy to understand, easy to implement and, most importantly, is always there when needed.

Through her keynote speeches, seminars, workshops and one-on-one coaching sessions, she has carved a unique niche in the chiropractic profession by helping hundreds of people find the solutions to the challenges they face that are impeding their progress. Berni’s passion is to help chiropractic teams be more so they can do more!
From her perspective and experience as a CA and coach, Berni is able to support teams with an inside out approach. Berni’s special gift of helping people, through getting up close and personal in life coaching, has earned her the title of “People Whisperer.”



Tuesday, 02 July 2019 01:01

Dr Pierre Bradley

Session Title

Spinal Red Flags and when to Refer

Session Outline:

A patient's spinal surgery journey, from first referral, preoperational  assessment to surgery then post operational rehab including the traditional post operational medical model and what chiropractic offers, and the challenges ahead in cultivating better interdisciplinary care.


DrBradleyDr Pierre Bradley MBChB FANZCA is the past Chair of Airway Management Special Interest Group (ANZCA/ASA/NZSA) and divides his time between his public work at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne and private practice. He is a senior lecturer in the Department of Perioperative Medicine, Monash University and a British Journal of Anaesthesia article reviewer.

Originally from the UK, he completed his undergraduate training at the University of Dundee before commencing General Physician training with interests in Acute Medicine, Cardiology and Endocrinology. To compliment his acute medicine skills, he undertook further training in Emergency Medicine, Adult Flight Retrieval Medicine, Anaesthesia & Intensive Care, only to discover that Anaesthesia was more interesting for him.

This gives him a firm understanding of the complexities of perioperative medicine and how it relates to the patient.

Wednesday, 26 June 2019 23:56

Dr Helen Sexton

Session Title

Self Regulation: Chiropractic's Influence on Vagal Tone

Session Outline:

During this presentation Dr Sexton will discuss how an individual’s capacity to organise their physiological resources and respond appropriately to internal and external challenges in the environment can be measured by Heart Rate Variability (HRV). This metric, HRV, has become a well-used index of physical health and wellbeing on the one hand and emotional and social health on the other.  A large body of research over the last two decades from many different disciplines suggests that mastery of the many different parameters of regulation – including physiological, social/emotional and cognitive, depends on how flexibly our Parasympathetic Nervous System, through the Vagus nerve can influence the heart. 

During this talk she will be exploring this research and looking at how chiropractors can influence vagal afferent input and improve our patients general health and regulatory capacities.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Developing a nuanced understanding of the subsystems of the Autonomic Nervous System
  • A discussion of two models – the Polyvagal Theory (PVT) and Neuro-Visceral Integration Model (NVIM), that have been explored extensively in the literature to help us to understand how cardiac vagal tone influences our physical and psychological health
  • Understanding the complex signal - Heart Rate Variability, including the brain networks that influence it
  • A detailed look at the Vagus nerve, including its role in a larger integrated system, the Central Autonomic Network (CAN)
  • How the Autonomic Nervous System evolved in mammals to support complex social, emotional and cognitive behaviours, and particularly, how the myelinated Vagus is neurophysiologically linked to the facial muscles of expressivity and receptivity
  • Learn strategies to recruit the newer myelinated Vagal System and shift our patient’s physiology towards states that favor growth, restoration and prosocial behaviour.



HelenSextonDr Helen Sexton has enjoyed over 25 years living, breathing and practicing Chiropractic in a busy clinic in regional Victoria. Completing the Carrick Functional Neurology program spurred her enthusiasm to reconcile neuroscience within the clinical environment of a family practice, and she embraces the challenge towards a brain-based model of Chiropractic care.

Her interest in family health and child development has led her to explore the ways we regulate our physiology and emotional and social health. Helen’s professional journey has seen her connected with various interest groups in the profession and lecture on diverse platforms within the Chiropractic community.

She continues to be inspired by family practice and believes Chiropractic is uniquely placed to support families and individuals to live healthier and happier lives.



Wednesday, 26 June 2019 23:33

Dr Peter Dun

Session Title

Interpretation of magnetic resonance images related to standing/sitting and supine disc pathology

Session Outline:

This presentation will cover types of MRI machines and role in clinical practice. IVD pathology on MRI with case examples, correlating imaging with clinical findings. Upright/weight-bearing MRI indications and case examples along with research regarding potential value of upright MRI for some lumbar spine conditions.


PPeterDuneter Dun PGradDip (NMSK Rehab), BAppSc has had over 20 years of clinical experience in patient care of spine, sports and activity-related conditions. Postgraduate rehabilitation education has included achieving certification in Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization from the world renowned Rehabilitation Prague School in 2009 and completing a 2 year postgraduate diploma in Neuromusculoskeletal Rehabilitation from Murdoch University in 2010.

One of Peter’s roles is assisting referring practitioners with diagnostic troubleshooting as he heads up Clinical and Research Services at Bayside Standing MRI.


Tuesday, 07 August 2018 23:00

Pullman on the Park

PullmanOnParkMelbourneThis year’s conference will be held at the illustrious Pullman Melbourne on the Park. This landmark hotel sits in the heart of the city, surrounded by all the best that Melbourne has to offer, including the natural beauty of the Fitzroy Gardens.

Get the most out of your conference experience and stay where the action is happening. 

Accommodation has been secured at a discounted rate, which is exclusive to attendees of the ACA Conference. Be sure to book early to secure your negotiated room rates at Pullman Melbourne on the Park.

Pullman Melbourne on the Park
Superior Room inclusive of 1 Breakfast $255.00 per night

Quest Jolimont
1 Bedroom Standard room only $223.00 per night

Mantra Jolimont
Studio King inclusive of 1 Breakfast $169.00 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.


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