On May 30, 2016 Dr Glen Maginness (a Victorian AHPRA registered chiropractor) published a YouTube video, titled, “Paediatric Chiropractor Hits Back (at medical bullies)!” This link has now been made private but it was copied while in the public domain and is available here.
I have sent a notification to AHPRA about the statements Dr Maginness made in this video which I submit breach both s.133 of the National Law, the Chiropractic Board of Australia Code of Conduct and the Board’s March 7, 2016 “Statement of advertising”. The notification includes a transcript of the video and a detailed rebuttal of the claims made.
My colleague, Malcolm Vickers and I have also submitted an additional eight notifications for all the chiropractors (including Dr Maginness) that practice at the Mt Eliza Family Chiropractic Clinic. We believe that the claims made on the Mt Eliza Family Chiropractic Clinic web site are particularly egregious and show a blatant disregard for Chiropractic Board’s recent “Statement of advertising”.
We accept that the eight chiropractors involved in the Mt Eliza Family Chiropractic Clinic are caring practitioners who genuinely believe that their interventions on paediatric patients are effective. However, belief based on disproven dogma, the selective use of poor-quality evidence, and personal experience subject to bias, is no longer an appropriate basis on which to promote and practice therapeutic interventions.
The Mt Eliza Family Chiropractic Clinic chiropractors (and many others) continue to promote and provide chiropractic treatment for conditions which the Chiropractic Board of Australia has said are unacceptable. This is both an ethical and public health issue and warrants immediate action by AHPRA and the Chiropractic Board.
The Chiropractic Board has recently acted on Dr Ian Rossborough who published a YouTube video that showed him performing a chiropractic adjustment on a new born baby. However, his numerous colleagues, such as the eight Mt Eliza Family Chiropractic Clinic chiropractors mentioned above, who promote (and practice) in the same manner have yet to have similar sanctions applied.
AHPRA’s June 2016 Newsletter notes they are currently dealing with 600 complaints against chiropractors, many relating to their treatment of babies and children. Surely, what is good for Rossborough is good for the lot of them; no chiropractor should practice on children younger than 6 and for kids from 6 to 18 they must all provide evidence to justify their treatments, not just to a “skilled registered chiropractor (the supervisor)” but publically!by