The practice of paediatrics, regardless of professional discipline, is based on the dictum that children are unique individuals undergoing the process of human development and not little adults. Paediatrics began to emerge as a medical specialty late in the nineteenth century in response to the growing appreciation that the health problems generally seen in children are different from those affecting the adult population. Chiropractors have treated children in the course of their general practice since the inception of the chiropractic profession. It is only after a century of chiropractic care of children that paediatrics is beginning to emerge as a discreet discipline within the wider scope of chiropractic practice.
Attributes and Qualities of Graduates
The purpose of the programme is to produce at graduation a chiropractic clinician capable of delivering chiropractic care to the paediatric population in a safe and effective manner, observing at all times the clinical parameters which would require referral to other health care professionals in addition to remaining steadfastly within the rules of the profession and the laws of the country.
The educational environment offered by the programme will seek to develop in candidates:
- Discipline of mind
- An understanding of, and commitment to, the ethos of professionalism and ethical behaviour
- An attitude that enables the candidate to adapt to developments in health care in general and chiropractic paediatrics in particular
- A commitment to lifelong learning and development
The programme is open to all applicants who meet the following criteria
- a first professional qualification in chiropractic
- registration with the relevant Chiropractic governing body in their country of residence
- for those applicants whose first language is not English, must provide evidence of an IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each category) or equivalent.