Ministers weigh legal ban on spinal manipulation in kids

The move follows public outcry over Melbourne chiropractor filmed dangling newborn by its ankles

Chiropractors could soon face an outright ban on spinal manipulation of infants, after health ministers agreed to reconsider the legal status of the practice.

Chiropractor child

Victorian Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos says she will commission an independent review on the safety of spinal manipulation and whether the national laws need to be updated to prohibit its use on children under 12.

She says the findings of the review, undertaken by the state’s healthcare safety and quality agency Safer Care Victoria, will be presented to state, territory and federal health ministers