Chiropractors under fire for dubious health claims

DOCTORS have called on AHPRA to take urgent action to rein in fringe elements within the chiropractic profession relating to various unsubstantiated claims about their treatments.

AMA president Dr Steve Hambleton said he understood a high number of complaints had also been lodged with AHPRA over claims made by some chiropractors that they could cure diseases by correcting subluxations in the spine. 

The demands for closer scrutiny of chiropractors have come amid media reports claiming some chiropractors were advising parents against childhood immunisation.

Dr Hambleton said he would meet with Medical Board of Australia chair Dr Joanna Flynn to ask why the board had not raised the claims made by some chiropractors or the scope of practice issues with the Chiropractic Board of Australia. 

The chiropractic board was established last year with the advent of AHPRA. 

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