Chiropractic Around the World
By Editorial Staff
Argentina: One hundred and sixty-one chiropractic doctors and students from Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Colombia attended a highly successful technique seminar at the National University of Cordoba on April 25-27. The meeting was organized by the Argentina National Association of Chiropractors (ANAQ), the Federación Latino Americana de Quiropráctica (FLAQ) and the WFC, and sponsored by Parker College of Chiropractic. Principal speakers were Parker College President Dr. Fabrizio Mancini and Dean Dr. Ken Thomas. The audience represented a greater number of individuals than there were DCs in all of Latin America 10 years ago. For more information on chiropractic in Latin America, visit www.flaq.org.
China: Hong Kong has two national associations and they are now cooperating with doctors of chiropractic in the rest of China in the formation of a new Chiropractors' Association of China (CAC). Dr. Henry Chan, president, Hong Kong Chiropractors' Association (HKCA) and Dr. Vincent Chan, president, Chiropractic Doctors' Association of Hong Kong (CDAHK), were both at a WFC-hosted meeting in Seoul on June 6, where the decision to form the CAC was made. The organizing committee includes Drs. Anli Dong (chair), Henry Chan (HKCA), Albert Leung (CDAHK), David Leung and David Bellin.
The CAC and the WFC are now producing a Chinese translation of the WHO Guidelines on Basic Training and Safety in Chiropractic, which hopefully will be available for registrants and government authorities at the WHO Congress on TM/CAM in Beijing, Nov. 7-9, 2008.
Costa Rica: At the invitation of then-president of the Costa Rican College of Chiropractors (the Colegio), Dr. Yolanda Camacho Kortman, WFC Past-President Dr. Gerard Clum and WFC Secretary-General David Chapman-Smith visited San Jose, Costa Rica, on May 15 to present a workshop on administrative and legislative issues relative to chiropractic. In 2005, Costa Rica became the third Latin American country, after Panama and Mexico, to pass laws recognizing and regulating the practice of chiropractic.
New Zealand: Congratulations to Dr. Gregory Oke, a former president of the New Zealand Chiropractic Association, who has been appointed as team chiropractor for the New Zealand Olympic Team. Dr. Oke, a 1987 RMIT graduate who practices in Palmerston North, is a sportsman himself, with a background in competitive canoeing. He attended the Athens Olympics in 2004 with the NZ canoeing team and now has a formal appointment to the full team.
South Africa: Dylan Herwill of the University of Johannesburg was one of the chiropractic student leaders on the WFC delegation to the World Health Assembly in Geneva in May. The University of Johannesburg is one of the two South African universities with a school or department of chiropractic. The other is the Durban Institute of Technology. Both have approximately 250 students and strong heads of department, Drs. Chris Yelverton (Johannesburg) and Charmaine Korporaal (Durban). For more information visit www.uj.ac.za and www.dit.ac.za.
Excerpted from the World Federation of Chiropractic's June 2008 Quarterly Report. For more information, visit www.wfc.org.
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