Melbourne Chiropractor Banned From Treating Children

Melbourne Chiropractor, Ian Rossborough has been banned from performing chiropractics temporarily on anyone under the age of 18 years. A video of the chiropractor cracking a new born baby’s spine went viral last month, attracting the attention of the Victorian Health Minister, Jill Hennessy. The video has had more than a million views.

Rossborough’s medical registration stipulates that he can not  perform “assessment, undertaking a diagnosis/clinical impression, formulating and implementing a management plan, the provision of any manual therapy (including manipulation of the spine), monitoring or reviewing care and facilitating coordination or continuity of care” of patients under the age of 18 until June 2.

Health Minister, Jill Hennessy has called for a crackdown on “unproven and potentially unsafe” treatments administered by chiropractors. Chiropractics is used to treat babies and children for conditions such as colic, reflux, asthma, eczema, autism and ADHD.

A spokesperson for the Chiropractic Board of Australia said that it, and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency were investigating the Minister’s concerns. The Chiropractic Board of Australia is expected to hold a hearing sometime before June 2.

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