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WFC RELEASES NEW GUIDING PRINCIPLES DOCUMENT. September 24, 2019

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Toronto, September 24, 2019. The World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) has today published a suite of guiding principles that will support its strategy for supporting, empowering, promoting and advancing chiropractic globally.

The WFC’s new Principles document consists of 20 statements that set out clearly what the organization stands for and how it views chiropractic as a contemporary global health profession. The statements, which align with the WFC’s mission to advance awareness, utilization and integration of chiropractic internationally, were approved unanimously by the Board of Directors.

Launching the Principles, WFC Interim President Dr Vivian Kil said, “These Principles say who we are. It is important that our member national associations, corporate partners, supporters and the public clearly understand the role that the WFC plays internationally in representing chiropractors in over 90 countries worldwide. As our #BeEPIC campaign gathers momentum, these Principles underscore our values and our vision for the future.”

In drafting the statements the WFC has been mindful of the social determinants of health that influence access to care and the variety of environments in which chiropractic is practiced. Secretary-General Dr Richard Brown commented: “The WFC is an inclusive, global organization and we want these statements to resonate with chiropractors around the world. They reflect our commitment to support and develop the profession for the benefit of patients and the public and we’re excited to be launching the Principles document at this time.”

The WFC’s Principles are available for download and distribution in English, French and Spanish.

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The WFC Principles

For over 30 years the World Federation of Chiropractic has been at the forefront of the global development of chiropractic. Representing the interests of the profession in over 90 countries worldwide, the WFC has advocated, defended and promoted the profession across its 7 world regions. These WFC Principles set out who we are, what we stand for, and how chiropractic as a global health profession can impact on nations so that populations can thrive and reach their full potential.

Our 20 principles

1. We envision a world where people of all ages, in all countries, can access the benefits of chiropractic.

2. We are driven by our mission to advance awareness, utilization and integration of chiropractic internationally.

3. We believe that science and research should inform care and policy decisions and support calls for wider access to chiropractic.

4. We maintain that chiropractic extends beyond the care of patients to the promotion of better health and the wellbeing of our communities.

5. We champion the rights of chiropractors to practice according to their training and expertise.

6. We promote evidence-based practice: integrating individual clinical expertise, the best available evidence from clinical research, and the values and preferences of patients.

7. We are committed to supporting our member national associations through advocacy and sharing best practices for the benefit of patients and society.

8. We acknowledge the role of chiropractic care, including the chiropractic adjustment, to enhance function, improve mobility, relieve pain and optimize wellbeing.

9. We support research that investigates the methods, mechanisms, and outcomes of chiropractic care for the benefit of patients, and the translation of research outcomes into clinical practice.

10. We believe that chiropractors are important members of a patient's healthcare team and that interprofessional approaches best facilitate optimum outcomes.

11. We believe that chiropractors should be responsible public health advocates to improve the wellbeing of the communities they serve.

12. We celebrate individual and professional diversity and equality of opportunity and represent these values throughout our Board and committees.

13. We believe that patients have a fundamental right to ethical, professional care and the protection of enforceable regulation in upholding good conduct and practice.

14. We serve the global profession by promoting collaboration between and amongst organizations and individuals who support the vision, mission, values and objectives of the WFC.

15. We support high standards of chiropractic education that empower graduates to serve their patients and communities as high value, trusted health professionals.

16. We believe in nurturing, supporting, mentoring and empowering students and early career chiropractors.

17. We are committed to the delivery of congresses and events that inspire, challenge, educate, inform and grow the profession through respectful discourse and positive professional development.

18. We believe in continuously improving our understanding of the biomechanical, neurophysiological, psychosocial and general health effects of chiropractic care.

19. We advocate for public statements and claims of effectiveness for chiropractic care that are honest, legal, decent and truthful.

20. We commit to an EPIC future for chiropractic: evidence-based, people-centered, interprofessional and collaborative.

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WFC SURVEY OF CHIROPRACTIC GLOBAL WORKFORCE REVEALS HUGE IMBALANCE IN SERVICE PROVISION. July 24, 2019

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Toronto, July 24, 2019. The results of a global survey of the chiropractic profession have revealed a significant lack of provision in low- and middle-income countries, according to a new paper published today in Chiropractic and Manual Therapies.

The survey, undertaken by the World Federation of Chiropractic, gathered data from its constituent national associations, government websites, internet searches and personal correspondence. Information was sourced from all 193 United Nations member nations, including 90 countries where at least one chiropractor was practising.

The results showed that overwhelmingly chiropractors were mostly located in North America (United States and Canada).

The survey also revealed that of the 48 educational institutions offering chiropractic programs, the majority were in high-income countries with almost 60% located in North America or Europe.

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030 has targeted universal availability, accessibility, acceptability, coverage and quality of health systems within strengthened health systems. The WFC’s mission statement (to advance awareness, utilization and integration of chiropractic internationally) aligns with this strategy.

WFC Secretary-General Richard Brown comments: “With low back pain being the biggest single cause of years lived with disability and an increasing ageing population, it is clear that there is a shortfall in the numbers of health workers globally who are trained to effectively manage spinal pain and disability. Chiropractors, as non-surgical experts in spine care, are well placed to make a positive impact, yet numbers need to rise. Expansion of educational provision in low- and middle- income countries and increased awareness by health policy makers are instrumental factors in meeting the needs of underserved populations.”

As with many global surveys, responses were mixed and the authors highlighted the need for further information gathering, monitoring and reporting of data. Despite this, the message is clear: health inequities seen throughout the world are reflected in the provision of chiropractic and more needs to be done to ensure adequate numbers of chiropractors in countries where the impact of spinal pain and disability is profound.

The full paper can be downloaded from Chiropractic and Manual Therapies at http://bit.ly/ChiroWorkforce

   

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