Organizational relocation for the Department of Chiropractic at MacQuaire University

From 1 January 2021, the Department of Chiropractic, Department of Chiropractic, at MacQuarie University in Sydney, Australia will no longer be part of the university's technical faculty. Instead, the department will be organised as part of the Faculty of Health Sciences.

The organisational relocation is the result of many months of work to improve the department's teaching, research and clinical activities. The move is the preliminary culmination of a development in which the Australian Institute of Chiropractic has gone from being threatened with closure to now becoming a recognized part of the Faculty of Health Sciences at MacQuarie University. In 2018, the institute recruited a professor of chiropractic from Canada, Simon French, and the result is a positive evaluation.

The Chiropractic Knowledge Hub and the University of Southern Denmark have contributed to the upgrading of the Department of Chiropractic. Researchers from MacQuarie approached the Chiropractic Knowledge Hub and University of Southern Denmark about 10 years ago, when there were plans to close the master's program in chiropractic due to low research activity. Since then, there has been a close collaboration between the Department of Chiropractic at MacQuarie University and the Chiropractic Knowledge Hub and the University of Southern Denmark. The collaboration between MacQuarie University, the Chiropractic Knowledge Hub and the University of Southern Denmark has helped strengthen the Department of Chiropractic at MacQuarie University and avert the impending closure of the department.

Among other things, Alice Kongsted and Jan Hartvigsen have visited MacQuarie several times as "Visiting Professor", and researchers from their departments of chiropractic and physiotherapy have visited Odense, including professor of physiotherapy Mark Hancock, who was at the Chiropractic Knowledge Hub and the University of Southern Denmark as a guest researcher in clinical biomechanics for 3 months in 2017.

The head of the department, Rosemary Gluriato, states in a press release from MacQuarie University that she is confident that “this move will result in expanded opportunities for both staff and students through enhanced multidisciplinary research opportunities, as well as the potential for us to be involved in the creation of cross-disciplinary clinics and clinical placement opportunities for our students. This is a very exciting time for the Department staff and students, and for the chiropractic profession at large”.

Commenting on the move, Professor Patrick McNeal, Acting Dean and University Rector of Medicine and Health at the Faculty of Health Sciences, looks forward to a strengthened research and teaching collaboration: “With this move, all health disciplines within Macquarie will be co-located, and bringing together the Department of Chiropractic and FMHHS will further strengthen health education, health and medical research, and clinical practice and provide a single overall leadership of medicine and health at Macquarie University. At FMHHS we are very much looking forward to welcoming the Department of Chiropractic in 2021 and exploring further collaborative opportunities”.

Later in 2021, the department also plans to move to a new location in order to get physically closer to the new colleagues. Thus, the researchers at the department will achieve optimal opportunities for an interdisciplinary collaboration with other health researchers. A model that is very similar to the collaboration between researchers at the Chiropractic Knowledge Hub and the Department of Sport and Clinical Biomechanics at the University of Southern Denmark.

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