A Murdoch University Adjunct Lecturer is to be awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to chiropractic.
Dr John Reggars, who is based in Mitcham, Victoria but is an annual visitor to Murdoch’s School of Health Professions as a guest lecturer and academic collaborator, is the honorary Vice President and CEO of the Chiropractic and Osteopathic College of Australasia (COCA) and former Chair of the Chiropractors Registration Board of Victoria.
He is known throughout the profession for his pursuit of evidence-based practice and regularly canvasses staff and students at Murdoch about continuing education design and delivery.
Dr Reggars was appointed to the Chiropractors Registration Board of Victoria as a member in 2003 and was appointed its Chair in 2006. In this role he developed regulations and new practice guidelines which protected the public and improved the image of the profession in Victoria.
His involvement in COCA stretches back to 1994 and under his leadership its membership has risen from a few hundred members to more than 1200 in 2012. He has authored several risk management training modules for COCA which focus on safe and effective clinical practice and he secured professional indemnity insurance for COCA members.
In recognition of his service, Dr Reggars was made a life member of COCA in 2004, an honour shared by only a handful of others.
Dr Reggars said he was extremely honoured and humbled to receive the Order of Australia Medal.
“When I first graduated from the Chiropractic College of Australasia some 40 years ago the profession was regarded as a fringe alternative therapy without regulation or status,” he said.
“This award testifies to the advancement of chiropractic over the years where it has become part of today’s modern healthcare system.
“I would like to sincerely thank the Head of the Chiropractic Program at Murdoch, Associate Professor Bruce Walker, whose friendship, advice and guidance over the years has directly impacted on my professional career and culminated in receipt of this award.”
In the Australian honours system, appointments to the Order of Australian confer recognition for outstanding achievement and service. They are publicly announced on Australia Day (January 26) and the Queen’s Birthday public holiday (June).