Scope of Practice

Paediatric chiropractors focus on the comprehensive and holistic care of the child, to restore function and contribute to optimal growth and development. They achieve this through developmental and age appropriate assessment and care delivery, whilst ensuring a high standard of professional, safe and ethical practice.

These chiropractors demonstrate advanced competencies in the age and developmentally appropriate care of children using best practice, multi-modal techniques to enhance the function of the neuro-musculoskeletal system.

These chiropractors have clinical expertise in childhood adjusting techniques, developmentally specific rehabilitation protocols, parent/caregiver education, research translation, communication, lifestyle advice and leadership. They participate comfortably in the child’s healthcare team, working closely with parents, other health care providers and the community to provide the best high quality care for each child.

99.6% of Australian parents affirmed chiropractic healthcare benefitted their child

In the media release from the Australian Chiropractors' Association on on 14 June 2024, the ACA affirmed  The Safer Care Victoria Review has shown chiropractic care for children to be extremely safe.
Of the 29,599 online submissions received from across Australia (the largest survey of its kind), there were no reports of harm to a child receiving chiropractic healthcare.
Of those submissions, 21,824 responses were from parents who had accessed chiropractic healthcare for their children, and there was not a single report of significant harm in these submissions. “In a particularly strong endorsement, 99.6% of those parental submissions affirmed that chiropractic healthcare benefitted their child highlighting the exemplary safety record of chiropractic healthcare,” Dr Cahill said.
ACA member chiropractors are healthcare professionals who effectively treat a wide range of musculoskeletal disorders.
Chiropractors are 5-year university degree educated healthcare professionals, equipped with expertise enabling them to tailor the appropriate care for people of all ages including children.

How does chiropractic work for babies and children?

Chiropractors who are seeing babies and children understand that children often have their own set of health problems and that they not "little adults".

Chiropractors have treated children in the course of their general practice since the inception of the chiropractic profession.  It is only after more than a century of infants and children seeing chiropractors that paediatrics has emerged as a specialty discipline in the chiropractic practice.

There are a number of post graduate programs around the world that focus on Paediatric health and chiropractic care, including a 3 year MSc Chiropractic (Paediatrics) from McTimoney College in the UK and a 2 year post graduate Diploma in Chiropractic Neurodevelopmental Paediatrics.