WFC Athens Congress – A Huge Success!
The 13th Biennial Congress of the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) was held jointly with the 2015 Annual Convention of the European Chiropractors Union (ECU) at the Athens Hilton Hotel in Greece from May 10-16. It was hosted by the Hellenic Chiropractors’ Association, attracted over 900 delegates from 50 countries, and was the largest chiropractic conference ever held in Europe.
The meeting brought the chiropractic profession home to its Greek roots – the language that gave DD Palmer the word chiropractic, and the country that championed spinal manipulation and natural healthcare in the classical era.
“This was my first WFC Congress,” said Dr Anthony Hamm, President of the American Chiropractic Association, “and everything about it was outstanding, highly motivating, and beyond my expectations. This included the quality of the academic and social programs, the exposure to colleagues from throughout the world, and the overall optimism and enthusiasm for chiropractic and its future.”
The Congress began with a 2-day WFC Assembly which featured country reports from all world regions and a keynote John A. Sweaney Lecture from Dr Vivian Kil, an impressive young leader from the Netherlands who endorsed and expanded upon the vision of primary spine care excellence given earlier this year by Dr Scott Haldeman in his McAndrews Lecture in the USA.
The four well-received speakers for the discussion forum, this year on the role of traditional chiropractic language in practice today, were Dr Philip McMaster, President, New Zealand College of Chiropractic, Dr Mark Gurden of the UK, Dr Amy Bowzaylo of Bahrain and Dr Carol Mwendwa of Kenya. Dr Mwendwa challenged the profession and the WFC to produce agreed definitions of core chiropractic terms such as adjustment and subluxation.
Dr Vivian Kil delivers the John A Sweaney Lecture Forum speakers (from right) Dr Carol Mwendwa, Dr Phil McMaster,
Dr Mark Gurden and Dr Amy Bowzaylo