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WFC Elections See Host of New Faces on Council
February 1, 2016
The World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) has announced the results of its recent elections for the period 2016-2019.
Those who will take office at the WFC’s annual Council meeting, to be held in May in Dubai, United Arab Emirates include newly elected members from the African, Asian, European, North American and Pacific regions.
Ballots were held in the African and European regions, where the number of candidates exceeded the number of Council vacancies. In both areas, participation in the ballot was strong, with the vast majority of member associations submitting their votes.
Current WFC President, Canada’s Dr Greg Stewart, commented, “This year’s elections prompted a high level of interest, which reflects the WFC’s reputation as the respected leader in the international chiropractic community. While we shall be sad to see the departure of longstanding members of Council who have decided not to seek re-election, the fact that over 30% of our new Council comprises women is an endorsement of the WFC’s stated commitment to equality and diversity.”
Dr Stewart added, “These are extremely exciting times for the chiropractic profession. Transformation in health systems is seeing chiropractic increasingly positioned as a leader in non-surgical spine care and the chiropractic momentum is building. The WFC is proud to be at the forefront of these developments, which is seeing more and more patients benefit from the services doctors of chiropractic are providing around the globe.”
WFC COUNCIL 2016-2019
|Africa||Dr Musimbi Ondeko||Kenya|
|Asia||Dr Kei Takeyachi||Japan|
|Eastern Mediterranean||Dr Efstathios Papadopoulos||Cyprus|
|Europe||Dr Espen Johannessen||Norway|
|Dr Vivian Kil||Netherlands|
|Latin America||Dr Carlos Ayres||Peru|
|North America||Dr John Maltby||USA|
|Dr Michele Maiers||USA|
|Dr Rick McMichael||USA|
|Dr Deborah Kopansky-Giles||Canada|
|Dr Greg Stewart||Canada|
|Pacific||Dr Laurie Tassell||Australia|
|Dr Corrian Poelsma||New Zealand|
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
WFC Publishes New Online Reading List
Monday January 26, 2015
The World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) is pleased to announce the debut of an important, online, free service for the chiropractic profession and the public it serves - a Suggested Reading List of key research papers.
When you want an overview of research on a chiropractic topic, for yourself, for patients or to advocate for the profession, wouldn’t it be nice to have access to relevant papers collected in one location?
WFC/ACC Education Conference. Miami, Florida, October 29 - November 1, 2014
Top Policy Advisers at WFC ACC Conference
ACC President Dr Brian McAulay
opens the conference
Delegates at a high-powered conference held in Miami October 29 – November 1 on the opportunities for chiropractic in changing healthcare systems in the USA and internationally, heard that chiropractic was well-positioned for substantial growth.
This would depend, delegates were told by experts, upon whether doctors of chiropractic could deliver superior patient results and satisfaction at a competitive cost in the prevention and management of common neuromusculoskeletal disorders. Increasingly, health systems are requiring and rewarding delivery of value, rather than paying attention to the professional designation of the provider. This provides new opportunity for chiropractors.
The theme of the conference, held by the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) and Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC) and jointly hosted by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and International Chiropractors’ Association (ICA), was Chiropractic Education for a Changing Healthcare Environment.
WFC Talking Points on AHA Scientific Statement on CMT and Cervical Artery Dissection
A Scientific Statement titled Cervical Artery Dissections and Association with Cervical Manipulative Therapy for neurologists and other health professionals, written by Biller, Sacco et al. on behalf of the American Heart Association Stroke Council, was published online in the AHA’s journal Stroke on August 7 and may be found here. There are a number of concerns with the statement, including the overall concern that it focuses on cervical manipulative therapy (CMT) when this is only one of many trivial movements/activities that have been associated with cervical artery dissection (CD).
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